What can I do when I accept that I have an addiction?

  1. Realise that you are not sick and that you do not have an incurable disease, that there is a solution.
  2. Do not feel guilty or waste time beating yourself up. After all you never meant to become addicted did you? Instead, adopt an attitude of open curiosity and kindness to yourself.
  3. Accept that, although you shouldn’t feel guilty, you do have the responsibility for dealing with the problem.
  4. Don’t compare yourself to others. Nearly everyone lies about their drinking and other drug consumption. They lie to others and to themselves.
  5. See and accept the reality; that the only real effects of your addiction are anxiety, self-hate, depression and destruction of all the good things in your life.
  6. Accept that you are not sacrificing anything. Freeing yourself of the slavery of addiction is not a sacrifice; it is something to celebrate
  7. Accept that there is no such thing as “just one (drink, line, joint, pill etc.)” There is simply no such thing.
  8. Make your unconditional decision to free yourself for life.
  9. Choose to enjoy your decision. It is one of the few decisions in your life that you know with 100% certainty is the right decision. It was, it is and it always will be the right decision.
  10. Be kind to yourself. Learn to take care of yourself physically, emotionally and mentally. Put yourself on a life-path of continuous growth. Become more resilient. Accept that life is full of ups and downs. Remember that neither suffering nor happiness are permanent.
  11. Be patient with others. You will probably have caused suffering to the people closest to you. Do not expect them to change their attitude overnight just because you have.


You’ve taken the first step which is to accept you have an addiction. The second step is to free yourself. We can help you.

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