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This is something ive been doing for a few years. My DD got so bad that i actually resulted to stealing headphones so i then could do what i call "surface using". I call it that because i DD all the time, but when listening to music thats when my addiction appears to be tangible. And thats when my DD are the most intense.  Eventually, i get to a point where I am brave enough to get a pair of scissors and actually cutt any headphones that are in my house. Even after doing that, when i get an urge to surface use, I will still go searching for a pair of headphones. Like a drug addict looking for paraphernalia. And thats exactly what it feels like. And i feel its just as damaging and pathetic. Its strange because, it is really easy for me not to buy them. I wont do that because I know what will happen. But then, given the opportunity, i end up stealing them from people. I hate to admit that, but it is my truth. And i have to own it. MDD gives me an incredible adreneline rush, but overall leaves me feeling nothing but shame, guilt, and worthlessness.

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Comment by Wakethenight on March 30, 2013 at 8:36pm

I suggest get rid of you music player. I had a similar problem since music is a big trigger. I thought geting rid of my head phones would work, but I just took my roomates. So, I got rid of my Ipod and other mp3 players and I don't put music on my phone. The only time then that I can be triggered by music  in an atmosphere I can control is if I am at home by my computer or in my car with the radio. Doing this cut down on my indulgent DDng or what you call surface using. 

Comment by Jordy on March 28, 2013 at 10:28am

this is exactly what i have been doing cutting headphone cords, but i keep buying new ones...

Comment by Ray Sandhu on March 28, 2013 at 8:09am

OMG, I have every symptom you have trust me when i say this, I have cut all headphone cords and thrown them out as well, I used to steal my brothers headphones just to engage in that activity, but it has damaged my hearing a bit and since I jump or dance sometimes( that gives me the adrenaline rush) when I am DDing, I have also hurt my knees a bit. But as long as you fight the temptation you will be fine, believe it or not I got my dad to block youtube and downgraded from a smartphone( you can fill it with music). And after the DDing, is the worse you feel completely in a slump and I have been there trust me, it makes you feel so pathetic and unproductive but some tips I can give you is go for a walk whenever you have the temptation to find headphones or buy them, and literally squeeze every ounce of strength out of you to stay focused on the present. I promise  once you even start doing it for 2 weeks, you can see improvement, the temptation wont be nearly as strong. If you ever want to talk more about it dont hesitate to send a shout, and Im proud you took the precautions to cut the headphones, it took me 4 years to finally do that.

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