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#1 Acknowledge the Black Eye

Acknowledging the black eye is admitting that you have a problem and need to change. It also includes recognizing the damage that you have caused yourself and others.

Since you’re using this website, you’ve likely already acknowledged the need to overcome your addiction(s). However, it is important to do so formally.

First, acknowledge the problem.

You can write this statement in a manner you prefer. There’s the famous Alcoholics Anonymous statement, “I’m Jane Doe, and I’m an alcoholic.” Another idea is: “My name is _____. I know that I have a problem with ______ and I need to change.”

Record your acknowledgment:



Second, acknowledge the damage.

Part of acknowledging the black eye is also recognizing the damage that you have caused yourself and others. This can be incredibly painful, because you are cleaning your wounds. You may be tempted to skip this and move on to another step, but don’t. Take the time to consider how you have hurt yourself and others. Cleaning a wound helps it heal properly.


List the damage you’ve done to yourself:




List the damage you’ve done to others:

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Important Disclaimer

This is not a licensed or medically-approved program or treatment. Rather, this site teaches timeless principles, that if applied, can help people overcome their addictions or other bad habits. In the case of prolonged or intense drug or alcohol use, we recommend that you work with an addiction or medical professional, especially before you first stop consumption of the addictive substance. In the case of alcohol, not doing so may result in death. In the case of other drugs, a professional may be able to reduce the discomfort of withdrawal.
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