Self-help Program

Self-help Program

New roads

The habitual use of certain substances or engagement in certain behavior may start as a result of its excitement effect, its ability to divert us form difficult feelings and worries or as a way to connect with peers. No matter what the reasons are, they reflect the areas of our internal needs or difficulties.

However, continuous use of the substances or engagement in the addictive behavior can be harmful to your health, work or study performance, family relationships, and even loss of own identity. A person may continue with the addiction as a way to cope with the negative impacts and may develop a vicious cycle.

For example, a person may use drugs to alleviate stress from work and become addicted that affected his or her psychological and physical health, and impaired his or her cognitive functioning.

You may feel ambivalent about making changes to your addiction that meeting some of your internal needs and it is causing problems to you.r life. Alternatively, we can fulfill our needs through positive means. The worksheet in this section “New roads” will help you examine the underlying meanings of your addiction.

For Column A, “Triggers”, please fill in what triggers you to the addictive behavior such as events, feelings or situations. In Column B, “desired effects”, please write down the expected effects of using your choice of addiction, such as relaxation, escape from difficult feelings, etc.

Next it can be helpful to make connections and draw lines from the list, “triggers”, to the list of “desired effects”. Each item may have more than one partner in the other list. Then it would be useful to brainstorm alternative ways of achieving the “desired effects” such as exercise, listening to music, managing a healthy diet and so on.

If you have any questions or inspirations while filling in the worksheet, or if you want to talk to a trustworthy counselor, you can seek help at ICAPT hotline on 2827 1000, or contact our online counselors (live chat). We are very glad to accompany you through your course of change.