The Four C's of Addiction

Posted on Wednesday, October 5, 2011

1) Loss of Control over use

“Every time I try to limit my use to only once a week, I end up using every day.”

“I try to limit myself to one drink per day but once I start, I can’t seem to stop until I pass out.”

2) Continued use despite knowledge of harmful Consequences

“I know my drug use caused my HIV but I can’t stop using.”

“I have to stop using because my life is out of control, but using is the only option for me.”

3) Compulsion to use

“All I do is think about how I am going to score.”

“No matter what I do, I can’t get drugs out of my mind and I feel I have to use and use a lot. Once I want to use, it is like I am on autopilot and I just have to use. I’ll do anything to get drugs.”

4) Craving

“It’s like a physical drive or urge to use. I want it from the pit of my stomach; I get sweaty just thinking about it. At times, these urges come out of nowhere, or I get them when I meet my using buddies, pass the corner where my dealer hangs out or am feeling down.”

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