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: