When I was initially going through withdrawal, I wrote a list of 10 reasons to abstain from my addiction. I taped this list near my computer to remind me of why I wanted to hang in there through the worst of withdrawal. This project was inspired by that tool. However, we extended the list into a creative art project by designing a pin-back button to remind us of the items on this list. The buttons, unlike the written list, can be displayed in a public place without breaking our anonymity.
- colored pencils
- DIY snap-together pinback buttons (no button machine necessary)
We started by writing our lists of the 10 reasons we want to abstain from our addictive behavior. I have multiple addictions, but for the purposes of this exercise, I decided to focus on my sugar addiction. Here is the list I came up with:
Once we came up with our list, we then designed our pinback buttons to remind us of why we want to abstain from the addictive behavior. Here is the button I made:
What are your 10 reasons for abstaining from your addiction?