It's difficult for most people to recognize that they have an addiction. One way to find out is to list the pros and cons of the behavior that's worrying you.
First, write down all the things that you like about the substance or activity. If you drink, for example, the list might include things such as "It helps me unwind" or "I like the feeling of euphoria."
Second, write down the benefits of quitting: "I'd be more productive if I didn't drink" or "I'd have fewer Friday night fights with my spouse."
Now, compare the lists. Does it appear that the costs of your behavior outweigh the benefits? Congratulations. You've just recognized that you have some problems—the first step toward making the necessary changes, says Dr. Horvath.
And you've done it alone. You need to decide for yourself when you're ready to make the necessary—and often difficult—changes to free yourself from addictions, he adds.