Addiction Beliefs

What are your beliefs about alcohol?

Your beliefs about your alcoholism will strongly affect how easy it will be to make significant changes.

You will need to examine your beliefs, and if necessary, adapt them to healthier or more useful ones.

Listed below are some common beliefs about drinking alcohol.

Please read each statement and rate how much you agree or disagree with each one. For example:

 

Strongly Agree Slightly Agree Not Sure Slightly Disagree Strongly Disagree
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1. Life without drink is boring

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2. Life would be depressing if I stopped.

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3. I can’t function without it.

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4. It’s the only way to cope with the pain in my life.

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5. I’m not ready to stop.

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6. The cravings/urges make me drink.

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7. My life won’t get any better, even if I stop.

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8. It’s the only way to deal with my anger.

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9. Drinking is the only way to increase my creativity.

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10. I don’t deserve to get better.

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11. I’m not a strong enough person to stop.

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12. I couldn’t be sociable without it.

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13. Drinking is not a problem for me.

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14. The cravings/urges won’t go away unless I drink.

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15. My drinking is caused by someone else (e.g. partner, family)

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16. Problems with alcohol are all genetic.

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17. I can’t relax without it.

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18. Having this problem makes me a bad person.

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19. I can’t control my anxiety without it.

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20. I can’t make my life fun without it.

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