EYZKUBE Addiction Study
This experiment is adapted from many posted across the internet. If you have done this experiment before, please complete again for this class as the parameters have changed. I also highly recommend the “Take it up a notch” suggestion!
This simulation allows each of you to experience, some of the physical, social, cognitive, and emotional experiences of a person who is actually addicted to a drug. While no safe experiment can truly mirror addiction and its devastating consequences, this should give you valuable insight into the life of an addict. It is the intent of the instructor that you use this to gain a better understanding of how addiction can take over the life of an addict.
Beginning Sunday morning, you are to engage in this exercise until bedtime three days later. It will be more successful if you continue long that the required 3 day minimum. If you start later in the week, make certain you start early enough to run this for at least 3 days. The more strictly you adhere to the guidelines the more effective the exercise will be for you.
Your “Drug of Choice” is EYZKUBE.
You used to be able to ‘get off’ on simply water, but your addiction has progressed way beyond water. You now need specially processed water: EYZKUBE.
This is analogous to progressing from powder cocaine to crack cocaine.
THIRST is your craving for the “drug” – EYZKUBE.
Every time you take a drink of any liquid, you must have an EYZKUBE in the liquid. Yes, this will be difficult, and will require much planning. ANTICIPATE!! This applies to all drinking situations including drinking fountains, cans or bottles, even late night drinks of water after you have awakened from sleep.
This includes all hot drinks also!!
EYSKUBE is SOCIALLY UNACCEPTABLE AND ILLEGAL!!
Do not let ‘regular people’ see you or catch you using EYZKUBE. This applies to friends and family. The only people with whom it is acceptable to be open about your use of EYZKUBE are other ‘addicts’ who are participating in this exercise. This will take some creative thinking at home, in restaurants, and other public places.
DO NOT DO ANYTHING ILLEGAL TO OBTAIN EYSKUBE. THIS IS A SIMULATION. YOU MUST AT NO TIME GO AGAINST YOUR PERSONAL MORAL CODE OR BREAK REGULATION OR LAWS TO COMPLETE THIS EXERCISE.
Obviously, do not endanger you physical health by not drinking enough liquids if you are engaged in vigorous physical activity.
You must wear an unusual bracelet/anklet on your wrist/ankle during this simulation. What you choose is up to your discretion, but it should be something that would make people wonder why you are wearing it: a piece of yarn, rubber band, hospital band.
Wear the bracelet at all times during this exercise. See this as analogous to an addict’s “tracks”, so it is socially unacceptable to wear the bracelet. Try to hide your “tracks”(bracelet) from ‘regular people’ who might ask what it is about. If you ARE asked, you will need to explain it in a way that does not create suspicion of your addiction. Remember, you are trying to hide your addiction from all ‘regular people’, including your family.
The bracelet will also serve to remind you that you are participating in the exercise. It will be easy to “forget” for a few hours, so you will have to be diligent in your participation. Remember, real addicts cannot turn off their cravings at will.
DAILY LOG –. You can write about the reactions you received from ‘regular people’ when you lied and deceived them. Whatever you choose to write about, just make sure you support your key points with explanations that will help me to understand how you felt while doing this exercise.
TAKE IT UP A NOTCH?
Want to take this to a new level?
You can kick it up a notch by requiring that EYZKUBE be tinted (e.g. ONLY red EYZKUBE or blue EYZKUBE can be used). Just like real drugs, you would not be able to find these anywhere.
You will therefore need additional planning to get your “hits” of the drug. You can overcome this by carrying it with you at all times, having someone serve as your “dealer” who you would need to regularly contact or my staying and becoming a recluse.
You will also need to take special efforts to hide taking your drug. Making EYESKUBE colored means you’ll have to hide it more – be more discrete – or folks will surely ask you why you have a blue cube in your beer.
And then write 5 to 7 Paragraph about EYZKUBE Addiction Study challenge.