Monday, February 13, 2006

Lip Balm Anonymous

They say the first step towards solving the problem is admitting you have one...

I firmly and proudly say "I don't have a problem" :o)

So I like my lip gloss, what's the big what if I have 6 different varieties in my purse right now and wouldn't leave home with out them, that's not an addiction, it's an interest...right?

It did make me second guess myself when the site talked about how companies are devious and give you free samples to hook you. All I could think was "Fee samples? Where?"

Lip Balm Anonymous Self-Test for Lip Balm Addiction

  1. Do you ever use more lip balm than you planned?
  2. Has the use of lip balm interfered with your job?
  3. Is your lip balm use causing conflict with your spouse or family?
  4. Do you feel depressed, guilty, or remorseful after you use lip balm?
  5. Do you use whatever lip balm you have almost continuously until the supply is exhausted?
  6. Do you ever wish that you had never taken that first application or hit of lip balm?
  7. Do you have an obsession to get lip balm when you don't have it?
  8. Are you experiencing financial difficulties due to your lip balm use?
  9. Do you experience an anticipation high just knowing you are about to use lip balm?
  10. Without using lip balm, do you have difficulty sleeping without taking a drink or another drug?
  11. Are you absorbed with the thought of getting coated even while interacting with a friend or loved one?
  12. Have you begun to use lip balm while alone?
  13. Do your lips, nose, or other areas hurt when you avoid Lip Balm?
  14. Do you ever have feelings that people are talking about you or watching you?
  15. Do you use larger doses of lip balm to get the same protection you once experienced?
  16. Have you tried to quit or cut down on your lip balm use only to find that you couldn't?
  17. Have any of your friends or family suggested that you may have a problem?
  18. Have you ever lied to or misled those around you about how much or how often you use?
  19. Do you use lip balm in your car, at work, in the bathroom, on airplanes, or other public places?
  20. Do you occasionally coat heavily after a disappointment, quarrel or rough day?
  21. When under pressure, do you always use more heavily than usual?
  22. Can you handle more lip balm now than when you first started using?
  23. When using with others, do you try to have a few extra coats when they won't know it?
  24. Are there certain occasions when you feel uncomfortable if lip balm is not available?
  25. When you start using, are you in more of a hurry to get the first hit than you used to be?
  26. Are you secretly irritated when friends or family discuss your lip balm use?
  27. Do you usually have a reason for occasions when you use heavily?
  28. Have you tried to control your lip balm use by switching brands or following different plans?
  29. Have you often failed to keep promises about controlling your lip balm?
  30. Have you tried to control your lip balm use by changing jobs or moving?
  31. Do you try to avoid family or friends while using?
  32. Are you having an increasing number of financial and work problems?
  33. Do more people seem to be treating you unfairly without reason?
  34. Have you ever decided to stop using for a week or so, but only lasted for a couple of days?
  35. Do you wish people would mind their own business about your lip balm use--stop telling you what to do?
  36. Is lip balm affecting your reputation?
  37. Do you crave lip balm at a definite time daily?
  38. Does lip balm cause you to have difficulty sleeping?
  39. Have you ever been to a hospital or institution on account of lip balm?
  40. Are you afraid that if you stop using lip balm your work will suffer or you will lose your energy, motivation, or confidence?
  41. Do you spend time with people or in places you otherwise would not be around but for the availability of lip balm?
  42. Have you ever stolen lip balm or money from friends or family?
  43. Can you apply lip balm with one hand?

Lip Balm Anonymous members adhere to a set of principles which are listed in Twelve Steps.

  1. We admitted we were powerless over lip balm - - that our lives had become unmanagemeable.
  2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
  7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
  9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would ijure them or others.
  10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
  11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to other lip balm addicts, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

Good luck kicking your habit...personally I'm going to revel in mine for a little longer