Addiction: What’s keeping me stuck?

We’re creating a space where people can share their experiences with addictions, work through questions that help them explore the “benefits” and challenges of addiction, and figure out their next steps.

Answer: Answering the questions in this activity can help you clarify what’s important.

Share: When you submit, your responses will be visible to the community. Everything is anonymous. Remember to not use names or any identifying information.

Explore: Click “see or hide other’s thoughts” to explore people’s answers. This helps you get ideas for your recovery, and also helps us all feel less alone. You can turn other people’s responses on or off.

Please take a moment to answer these optional questions before starting the activity. Your answers will help us understand how it affects your emotions, and improve it for people like you!
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  1. How does your addiction help you feel better in the moment?

    What makes you want to do it more? How does it help you avoid negative feelings or cope with difficult situations?

  2. How does your addiction make things worse?

    How does it make you feel bad, increase conflict with others, or get in the way of you doing the things you want to do?

  3. Are there times when it’s harder to control your addiction?

    What people, places, and situations make you want to turn to your addiction? What emotions or situations make you feel like you need your addiction?

  4. Are there times when it’s easier to control your addiction?

    What other coping skills or support systems do you have? What people or situations help you feel like you can be okay without your addiction?

  5. What is something you wish people would understand about your addiction?

  6. On a scale from 1 to 10, how much do you want to stop, and why?

  7. What would help you feel more confident that you can and want to stop?