How do I know if i have an addiction?

The first thing we seem to think about when we hear the word addiction is automatically drugs and alcohol.

There are so many facets to addiction and different addictions, from drugs, alcohol, sugar, food, pharmaceuticals, porn, work, exercise and SO much more!

I’ve found in my experience with my own addictions and working with people over the last fifteen plus years that it most often stems from childhood trauma or ‘missingness’ and we spend our whole lives trying to fill that void left in early childhood.

No one refers to himself or herself as being an addict. Even in my worst days as a junkie and an alcoholic I never thought I was an addict.

One of the things I get asked a lot is “How do I know if I have an addiction?”

I created a video presentation ‘5 Ways to Identify an Addiction’ see the link at the bottom of this page for details.

I am also a firm believer in ‘Life after recovery’

SO many people believe that ‘Once an addict always an addict’ but this is simply not true. I am living proof that life after addiction is not only possible it’s better than you could ever imagine.

Too many people get stuck in recovery and affirm for the rest of their lives that ‘they are an addict’. In my opinion that is a dumb affirmation. If you need to continue going to meetings or having sponsors in case you ‘fall off the wagon’ then you haven’t sorted out the core of the addiction.

I am no longer an addict!

I don’t say that to be arrogant or to discredit the amazing work other groups and organizations do, just to offer the option that there is another much more empowering way.

The road to recovery is a dead end. The road through recovery is enlightening

To learn more, check out my video on 5 ways to identify an addiction. And if you need any advise or have questions, please get in touch at or via email

Loads of love


Dean Powell