S T I L L W A T E R S
Addictions and Harmful Compulsive Behaviors
"Addictions" can be simply described as a compulsive and obsessive relationship to a substance
or behavior. If you feel a "need" to use a substance or perform a behavior (also called
"acting out") and do it despite negative consequences and negative impacts on your life, you
may have an addiction or a problem with a compulsive behavior.
Addictions and compulsive behaviors can have many manifestations including use and abuse
of illicit, prescribed, and over the counter drugs; abusing alcohol; abusing tobacco
products; over-consuming useful substances like food; and obsessing about and compulsively
engaging in pornography, gambling, sexual behaviors, exercising, surfing the internet,
shopping, dieting, playing video games, spending time on Facebook or other social networks,
visiting chat rooms, and many more.
Do I have a problem?
If you are concerned about yourself, but don't
know if there is a problem, ask yourself
1. Do I think a lot about using the substance or the performing the behavior?
2. Do I frequently partake in the substance or act out the worrisome behavior?
3. Do I hide my use of the substance or my acting out from people I care about?
4. Do I lie to myself or others about my use of the substance or my acting out?
5. Do I suspect that the use of the substance or acting out is becoming a problem for me?
6. Are there specific times or circumstances that seem to trigger my use of the substance or
my acting out?
7. Am I using or acting out more often than before?
8. Am I sacrificing people or things I value to use or act out?
9. Do I continue to use or act our even though I am fearful of the consequences or have already
experienced negative effects.
10. Have you found it hard to stop or cut down on your use or acting out?
If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you may have a problem.