Should you admit powerlessness over a disease
and turn responsibility for change over to an external agent?
Should you invest your time to strengthen the cognitive skills and mental faculties required to exercise your will?
Some individuals caught in an addictive trap have cognitive or personal attributes that render them powerless to change on their own. They require an external agent of change to pull them out and prevent relapse, and are best matched with a treatment approach based on the Disease Model such as a 12-Step rehab program. However, some individuals can develop the ability to act as intended, despite the influence of local stressors and temptations; they are best matched with a self-directed approach.
The goal is good long-term outcome. Given what you know about yourself, should you depend on an external agent of change [treatment provider, support group] or on the development of your own skills to cope with the crises you are bound to encounter? To gather some data on this critical question, consider each statement below and indicate the extent to which you agree or disagree with it. Click the box at the bottom to see your score: