How to Recognize Addiction in Yourself

By Brian F. Shaw, Paul Ritvo, Jane Irvine, M. David Lewis

Part of Addiction and Recovery For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Dealing with an addiction means you stop wasting energy and time on self-deception. Take a good, hard look at yourself and be perfectly honest. Are any of these statements true for you?

  • Your substance-seeking behavior is increasing (you are going to places where you can score), or your compulsion to do the problematic behavior (such as gambling) is increasing.

  • Your main reason for living is using.

  • You lose touch with important aspects of your life, such as friends, work, school, and family responsibilities, because of substance use or addictive behavior.