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drinking? 10Do you crave a drink at a definite time daily? 11Do you want a drink the next morning? 12Does drinking cause you to have difficulty in sleeping? 13Has your efficiency decreased since drinking? 14Is drinking jeopardizing your job or business? 15Do you drink to escape from worries or troubles? 16Do you drink alone? 17Have you ever had a complete loss of memory because of drinking? 18Has your physician ever treated you for drinking? 19Do you drink to build your self-confidence? 20Have you ever been to a hospital or institution on account of drinking? If you have answered yes to any one of the questions, there is a definite warning you may be alcoholic. For those of you that answered with more than one yes, despite all we can say, many of you who are real alcoholics are

not going to believe you are in that class. Past addictive behavior has shown that by every form of self-deception and experimentation, you will try to prove yourselves exceptions to the rule, therefore nonalcoholic. If any one who is showing inability to control his drinking can do the right-about- face and drink like a gentleman, our hats are off to you. Heavens knows, you have probably tried hard enough to drink like other people. Those readers that are still with me, and may have acknowledged that alcohol is a major contributing factor to problems that have developed in your lives, and have an inkling that you need to start changing the direction your life has been going, we will give you some direction on how to cope with kicking the abuse habit. How do I Cope with Addiction

Lets assume that you have decided, at least for the time being, to stop your addictive behavior. You are now faced with several problems: 1. How to maintain your motivation through what could be a gradual and at times difficult process of self- improvement. 2. How to cope with urges. 3. How to cope with problems using methods other than the addiction. 4. How to get the benefits of addiction, or as much of them as possible, without giving up the benefits of stopping. 5. How to interrupt unconscious habit patterns if they exist. 6. How to resolve problems brought on by previous addictive behavior. (relationship, legal, debts, employment etc.) 7. How to develop a new life style that is not centered on the addiction. Here are some guidelines for each of these problems: 1. Motivation

is fundamental, because if you maintain motivation you can persist past any temporary obstacles. The simplest way to establish and maintain motivation is to have an accurate and complete Benefits of Stopping list. The list of benefits is the primary reasons you are stopping. As in learning any new skill, setbacks and rough spots should be expected. Do not allow setbacks to become distorted evidence for incorrect beliefs. 2. For many individuals the crucial problem is coping with urges. In actuality urges can be uncomfortable but they are not unbearable unless you blow them out of proportion, they do not force you to do anything, they have not driven you crazy yet (and will not), each urge will go away if you simply wait long enough, and the periods between urges which become

increasingly longer if you stop. How long it will take for urges to peak, and how rapidly they will subside, depends on many factors, including the specific addiction, the length of the addiction, how successful the program of abstinence has been, and the strength of the developing alternative lifestyle. Because all habits have unconscious components, of which the urge is one, it will take time for these to die away. What is within your control, however, is how you respond to the urge. 3. Another key issue for most recovering addicts is coping with problems previously coped with by the addiction. A useful way to identify what these problems may be is to identify your high risk situations. These are the situations, places, persons, moods, activities, or conflicts that you suspect

will give you difficulty in your plan to abstain. Most addicts are very able to specify what these are. Rather than using this information in a pessimistic fashion, use this information as an opportunity to develop the additional coping skills you need to get through the difficulty. It is also important to remember as you work on developing these coping skills that even though they are not yet fully developed, you can use your urge coping techniques nevertheless. 4. For many individuals, getting the benefits of an addiction even though stopping it, is synonymous with learning the coping skills as described in #3 above. Experience has shown that the common addiction distortions may be a significant factor in these perceived benefits of addiction, which, once no longer experienced,