How Did This Happen?

No one ever sets out to be dependent on a substance. Many people use recreational drugs and never experience addiction. But some do. How did it happen?

Discussion Guidelines:

1. Actions: Briefly describe your addiction. Which drugs? Progression of dependence?

2. Intents: What did you intend to happen?

3. Beliefs: What beliefs did you have to make it OK to abuse substances?

4. Feelings: What feelings were you having?

5. Minimization and denial: In what ways did you minimize or deny your problem?

6. Effects: What was the impact of your drug use – On you? On others?

7. How did your environment contribute to this situation?

8. What could you have done differently?