An Addiction Exercise

You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.” – Johnny Cash

Here’s a bit of a throwback to when I was a counsellor at Hope Rehab. I used to employ an exercise with my clients on how to connect the dots in their addiction:

Imagine for a moment trying to drive a car whilst someone else is sitting at the wheel, this how powerlessness works.


Liver Affecting health both physical and mental

Causing ill feelings of guilt, depression, agony


LOVER Destroying relationships with loved ones

Lack of trust


Livelihood Loss of employment

Difficulty in employment

Loss of wealth

Lack of meaningful occupation or education

Law Trouble with the police

Involvement in reckless activity

Living outside the law

Risking everything to get a fix/drink

Many people who have addiction have seen the symptoms manifest in their lives.  Addiction always impedes on one of the following four L’s:


Using the four L’s where have you paid the cost for your addiction? Mentally, physically, legally, financially,





















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