Are you an addict?
This is a question only you can answer. We found that we all answered different numbers of these questions with a “Yes.” The actual number of “Yes” responses wasn’t as important as how we felt inside and how addiction has affected our lives. Some of these questions don’t even mention a substance. This is because addiction is an insidious disease that affects all areas of our lives—even those areas which seem at first to have little to do with a substance. The different substances we used were not as important as why we used them and what they did to us.
- “Oh, those questions don’t make sense.”
- Or “I’m different. I know I take drugs, but I’m not an addict. I have real emotional/family/job problems.”
- Or “I’m just having a tough time getting it together right now.”
- Or, “I’ll be able to stop when I find the right person/get the right job, etc.”
If you are an addict, you must first admit that you have a problem with drugs before any progress can be made toward recovery. These questions, when honestly approached, may help to show you how using drugs has made your life unmanageable. Addiction is a disease which, without recovery, ends in jails, institutions, and possibly death. Addiction takes our pride, self-esteem, family, loved ones, and even our desire to live. If you have not reached this point in your addiction, you don’t have to. We have found that our own private hell was within us. If you want help, you can find it with Legacy Village.