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Am I an Addict?

Narcotics Anonymous Questions

The following questions were written by recovering addicts in Narcotics Anonymous. If you have doubts about whether or not you’re an addict, take a few moments to read the questions below and answer them as honestly as you can.

  1.  Do you ever use alone?  

  2.  Have you ever substituted one drug for another, thinking that one particular drug was the problem?

  3.  Have you ever manipulated or lied to a doctor to obtain prescription drugs? 

  4.  Have you ever stolen drugs or stolen to obtain drugs? 

  5.  Do you regularly use a drug when you wake up or when you go to bed?

  6.  Have you ever taken one drug to overcome the effects of another?       

  7.  Do you avoid people or places that do not approve of you using drugs?  

  8.  Have you ever used a drug without knowing what it was or what it would do to you?    

  9.  Has your job or school performance ever suffered from the effects of your drug use? 

10.  Have you ever been arrested as a result of using drugs?    

11.  Have you ever lied about what or how much you use?      

12.  Do you put the purchase of drugs ahead of your financial responsibilities?   

13.  Have you ever tried to stop or control your using?    

14.  Have you ever been in a jail, hospital or drug rehabilitation centre because of your using?    

15.  Does using interfere with your sleeping or eating?   

16.  Does the thought of running out of drugs terrify you?  

17.  Do you feel it is impossible for you to live without drugs?  

18.  Do you ever question your own sanity?   

19.  Is your drug use making life at home unhappy?  

20.  Have you ever thought you couldn’t fit in or have a good time without drugs?     

21.  Have you ever felt defensive, guilty or ashamed about your using?    

22.  Do you think a lot about drugs?   

23.  Have you had irrational or indefinable fears?  

24.  Has using affected your sexual relationship?  

25.  Have you ever taken drugs you didn’t prefer?   

26.  Have you ever used drugs because of emotional pain or stress?  

27.  Have you ever overdosed on any drugs?        

28.  Do you continue to use despite negative consequences?  

29.  Do you think that you have a drug problem?   

“Am I an addict?” This is a question only you can answer. We found that we all answered different numbers of these questions “yes.” The actual number of “yes” responses wasn’t as important as how we felt inside and how addiction had affected our lives.

Some of these questions don’t even mention drugs. This is because addiction is an insidious disease that affects all areas of our lives – even those areas which seem at first to have little to do with drugs. The different drugs we used were not as important as why we used them and what they did to us.

When we first read these questions, it was frightening for us to think we might be addicts. Some of us tried to dismiss these thoughts by saying:

“Oh, those questions don’t make sense,” Or:

“I’m different. I know I take drugs, but I’m not an addict. I have real emotional / family / job problems.” Or:

“I’m just having a tough time getting it together right now”. Or:

“I’ll be able to stop when I find the right person/get the right job, etc.”

If you are an addict you must first admit that you have a problem with drugs before any progress can be made toward recovery. These questions, when honestly approached, may help to show you how using drugs has made your life unmanageable. Addiction is a disease which, without recovery, ends in jails, institutions and death. Many of us came to Narcotics Anonymous because drugs had stopped doing what we needed them to do. Addiction takes our pride, self‑esteem, family, loved ones, and even our desire to live. If you have not reached this point in your addiction, you don’t have to. We have found that our own private hell was within us. If you want help, you can find it in the Fellowship of Narcotics Anonymous.

“We were searching for an answer when we reached out and found Narcotics Anonymous. We came to our first NA meeting in defeat and didn’t know what to expect. After sitting in a meeting, or several meetings, we began to feel that people cared and were willing to help. Although our minds told us we would never make it, the people in the Fellowship gave us hope by insisting that we could recover. Surrounded by fellow addicts, we realised that we were not alone anymore. Recovery is what happens in our meetings. Our lives are at stake. We found that by putting recovery first, the programme works. We faced three disturbing realisations:

  1.  We are powerless over addiction and our lives are unmanageable;

  2.  Although we are not responsible for our disease, we are responsible for our recovery;

  3.  We can no longer blame people, places and things for our addiction. We must face our problems and our feelings.

The ultimate weapon for recovery is the recovering addict.
 

Kinesiology can certainly help with this problem, we recommend that in addition you contact the following program:

National 24-hour help-line: 083 900 MY NA (083 900 69 62) 

http://www.na.org.za/

 

 

Am I a compulsive overeater?

 1.      Do you eat when you're not hungry?

2.      Do you go on eating binges for no apparent reason?

3.      Do you have feelings of guilt and remorse after overeating?

4.      Do you give too much time and thought to food?

5.      Do you look forward with pleasure and anticipation to the moments when you can eat alone?

6.      Do you plan these secret binges ahead of time?

7.      Do you eat sensibly in front of others and make up for it when you are alone?

8.      Is your weight affecting the way you live your life?

9.      Have you tried to diet for a week (or longer), only to fall short of your goal?

10.  Do you resent the advice of others who tell you to "use a little will power" to stop overeating?

11.  Despite evidence to the contrary, have you continued to assert that you can diet "on your own" whenever you wish?

12.  Do you crave eating at a definite time, day or night, other than mealtimes?

13.  Do you eat to escape from worries or trouble?

14.  Has your physician ever treated you for being overweight?

15.  Does your food obsession make you or others unhappy?

 

How did you score?  

If you answered yes to three or more of these questions, it is probable that you have a compulsive eating prob­lem or are well on the way to having one.

Kinesiology can certainly help with this problem, we recommend that in addition you contact the following program:

For help please contact the Overeaters Anonymous (OA) Program of Recovery

Tel: 011 640 2901

 

Overeaters Anonymous offers a program of recovery from compulsive eating using the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of OA. Worldwide meetings and other tools provide a fellowship of experience, strength and hope where members respect one another’s anonymity. OA charges no dues or fees; it is self-supporting through member contributions.

 

OA is not just about weight loss, weight gain or maintenance, or obesity or diets. It addresses physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. It is not a religious organization and does not promote any particular diet.

 

THE "20 QUESTIONS" OF SEXUAL ADDICTS

 

The following are some questions to ask yourself to determine if you may be sexually addicted:

 1.       Do you use sex to escape from worries or troubles or to "relax"? Do you use sex to hide from other issues in your life?

2.       Are you preoccupied with your sexual fantasies?

3.       Do you usually feel compelled to have sex again and again within a short period of time?

4.       Do you find it difficult to be friends with other men or women because of thoughts or fantasies about being sexual with them?

5.       Has your sexual behavior made you feel scared or "different"­ somehow alienating you from other people?

6.       Have you repeatedly tried to stop what you believed was wrong in your sexual behavior? Is your sexual behavior often inconsistent with your values?

7.       Are you concerned about how much time you spend in sexual fantasies?

8.       Does your pursuit of sex interfere with your normal sexual rela­tionship with your spouse or lover?

9.       Have you ever made promises to yourself or to your regular sexual partner to change, limit, or control your sexual behavior, attitudes, or fantasies, and then broken these promises over and over again?

10.   Do you find it almost impossible to have sex without resorting to certain kinds of fantasies or memories of "unique" scenarios?

11.   Have you found yourself compelled by your desires to the point where your regular sexual partner has resisted?

12.   Has your desire for sex driven you to associate with persons or to spend time in places you would not normally choose?

13.   Have you ever felt you'd be better off if you didn't need to give in to your sexual obsessions or compulsions?

14.   Do you frequently feel remorse, guilt, or shame after a sexual encounter? Do you frequently want to get away from this sex partner after having sex?

15.   Have your family, friendships, job, or school work suffered because of your sexual obsessions or activities? Do you take time from them to engage in sex or look for sexual adventures?

16.   Have you been arrested or nearly arrested because of your sex­ual behavior? Have your sexual activities jeopardized your life goals?

17.   Do your sexual activities include the risk of contracting disease or being maimed or killed by a violent sexual partner?

18.   Has compulsive masturbation become a substitute for the kind of sexual relationship you want with your spouse or lover?

19.   Does a periodic inability to have sex abate or disappear only when you engage in what you would judge to be illicit sexual activity?

20.   Do your sexual behavior or fantasies ever make you feel hope­less, anxious, depressed, or suicidal?

 Kinesiology can certainly help with this problem, we recommend that in addition you contact the following program:

For help please contact Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous:

http://slaasa.co.za/

 

ARE YOU AN ALCOHOLIC?

 To answer this question, ask yourself the following questions and answer them

as honestly as you can:

 

1.      Do you lose time from work due to drinking?

2.      Is drinking making your home life unhappy?

3.      Do you drink because you are shy with other people?

4.      Is drinking affecting your reputation?

5.      Have you ever felt remorse after drinking?

6.      Have you gotten into financial difficulties as a result of your drinking?

7.      Do you turn to lower companions and an inferior environment when drinking?

8.      Does your drinking make you careless about your family's welfare?

9.       Has your ambition decreased since drinking?

10.  Do you crave a drink at a definite time of day?

11.  Do you want to drink the next morning?

12.  Does drinking cause you to have difficulty in sleeping?

13.  Has your efficiency decreased since you started drinking?

14.  Is drinking jeopardizing your job or business?

15.  Do you drink to escape from worries or trouble?

16.  Do you drink alone?

17.  Have you ever had a complete loss of memory as a result of drinking?

18.  Has your physician ever treated you for drinking?

19.  Do you drink to build up your self-confidence?

20.  Have you ever been to a hospital or institution on account of drinking?

  If you answered yes to anyone of the questions, there is a chance that you may be an alcoholic.

If you answered yes to any two, the chances are that you are an alcoholic.

If you answered yes to three or more, you are definitely an alcoholic.

An alcoholic is anyone whose drinking disrupts business or inter­feres with family or social life. An alcoholic cannot stop drinking, even though she/he may want to do so.

Kinesiology can certainly help with this problem, we recommend that in addition you contact the following program:

For help please contact Alcoholics Anonymous:

www.aasouthafrica.org.za/

National Helpline: 0861 HELP AA (435-722)

 

20 Questions from Gamblers Anonymous

 

bullet Did you ever lose time from work or school due to gambling?
bullet Has gambling ever made your home life unhappy?
bullet Did gambling affect your reputation?
bullet Have you ever felt remorse after gambling?
bullet Did you ever gamble to get money with which to pay debts or otherwise solve financial difficulties?
bullet Did gambling cause a decrease in your ambition or efficiency?
bullet After losing did you feel you must return as soon as possible and win back your losses?
bullet After a win did you have a strong urge to return and win more?
bullet Did you often gamble until your last dollar was gone?
bullet Did you ever borrow to finance your gambling?
bullet Have you ever sold anything to finance gambling?
bullet Were you reluctant to use "gambling money" for normal expenditures?
bullet Did gambling make you careless of the welfare of yourself and your family?
bullet Did you ever gamble longer than you had planned?
bullet Have you ever gambled to escape worry or trouble?
bullet Have you ever committed, or considered committing, an illegal act to finance gambling?
bullet Did gambling cause you to have difficulty in sleeping?
bullet Do arguments, disappointments or frustrations create within you an urge to gamble?
bullet Did you ever have an urge to celebrate any good fortune by a few hours of gambling?
bullet Have you ever considered self-destruction as a result of your gambling?

 A "yes" answer to at least seven of the above questions my indicate a compulsive gambler. 

Kinesiology can certainly help with this problem, we recommend that in addition you contact the following program:

Contact Person: Gamblers Anonymous Hotline (8:00am- 17:00pm) Telephone: 0861 233 578

 

GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from a gambling problem.

Or for help in finding free counselling or a support group near you, contact The National Responsible Gambling Programme 24 hour Hotline - 0800-006-008