1. Understanding Substance Use Problems and Addiction

Activity: What do you enjoy?

Self-reflection activity


After viewing the images on the previous page and thinking about an item or activity that you enjoy, consider these questions:


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    How would you feel if you were asked to give up these things?

    Would it be easy or difficult for you to give up any of the things you really enjoy?

It is normal to have a difficult time giving up an activity or thing we find pleasurable, even when it is harmful. 

Similarly, people who use alcohol and other substances may think they can handle their substance use.  But, when they try to change or reduce their use, it is often not that simple. No one sets out to become addicted to alcohol or other drugs.