Take heed of the messages you send yourself. Justification comes in many forms. Common justifications include:

  •  Denial: “It’s not a problem.”
  • Minimization: “I have already cut down.”
  • Comparisons: “Pollution is more dangerous.” “Uncle Ted drinks far more than I do.”
  • Defiance: “I would rather live a shorter life and be happy than quit and be miserable.”
  • Rationalization: “I’ve never stolen to finance my habit.” “I am way more sociable when I’ve had a drink.”
  • Lesser of two evils: “Better I do it than be impossible to live with.”
  • Misinformation: “It has medicinal uses, so it’s OK.” “Chocolate is the only cure for PMS.”
  • Taking behavior out of context: “In some cultures, polygamy is acceptable.”
  • Glorification: “Queen Victoria used to…” “Patriarchs in the Old Testament had many wives.” “Jesus drank wine.”

 Monitor your trend of physical attributes and performance for signs of addiction:

  • Sleep patterns
  • Weight
  • Measures of endurance and strength
  • Energy levels

 Monitor for mental or psychological signs or triggers of addiction:

  • Lack of focus
  • Higher levels of anxiety
  • Persistent boredom
  • Social isolation
  • Increasingly strained relationships
  • Difficulty or inconsistency in meeting commitments

Monitor personal stress levels:

  • Work
  • Family
  • Financial