Project SafeNet

Project SafeNet

Understanding addiction

Welcome to the first session of this self-help program. This section helps you understand what “addiction” is and have a preliminary self-assessment.

Addiction is defined as a persistent and strong desire to use a substance (such as drugs, alcohol or nicotine), or engage in a particular behavior (such as gambling, playing video games, surfing the internet, shopping and sex).

The person who is addicted has to increase the amount of consumption or involvement to maintain the same level of excitement. Otherwise, withdrawal symptoms such as trembling, palpitations, headache, difficulty in concentration, irritability or depressed mood will occur.

In order to avoid the withdrawal symptoms, the person will revert back to the addictive behavior and/or substance use. The addiction will gradually impair the person’s daily life such as concentration at work or study, financial management, interpersonal relationship and even the physical and mental health.

The following questions can help you understand whether you are engaging in addictive behavior.

Please substitute the behavior you are engaging in into the blankets ( ) , and answer the following questions:

  1. Do you spend considerable time thinking about and planning (addictive behavior)?
  2. Do you need to increase the amount of usage or the amount of time spent on (addictive behavior) in order to maintain the same effect?
  3. Do you use (addictive behavior) as a coping strategy for your problems?
  4. Have you failed to cut down or stop (addictive behavior) before?
  5. Do you feel irritable when you try to stop (addictive behavior)?
  6. Do you have problems with your health, work, study, finances, interests, interpersonal relationships as a result of (addictive behavior)?

If you answer yes to any of the above questions, you should pay serious attention to behavior. We encourage you to have a closer look at your behavior and complete the worksheet “My Addiction Check-list”  with this session in the coming week.

If you would like to speak to a counselor personally, please call our hotline on 2827 1000.