4 • Legal problems resulting from substance use. • Continued substance use in spite of having suffered social, emotional, professional, or physical problems related to the use. • Experiencing blackouts and not remembering all or parts of a day/evening while using the substance. • Poor decision making as a result of substance use. • Missing work (if employed) or experiencing lower grades (if in school). • Neglecting obligations to family, friends, work, school, etc. • Concerns and complaints expressed by family, friends, employer concerning substance use. • Use of the substance to relax, sleep, socialize, etc. If three or more of these items are checked off, this indicates an addiction or dependence upon a substance. This means you should seek help immediately. Accept responsibility for your life. You’re the only one who can correct the problem. No one can do this for you. Speak confidentially with someone you trust who can guide you in the right direction, perhaps your physician, spiritual leader or a good friend.
5 2 Find a 12-Step Program Most self-help support groups dealing with addictions are patterned after the TWELVE STEPS, copyrighted by Alcoholics Anonymous and used by other groups who also wish to bring their lives into control. 1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable. 2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. 3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him. 4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. 5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. 6. We are entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character. 7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings. 8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all. 9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.