Is Device Dependency Anonymous for You?
Only you can decide whether you
want to give DDA a try -
whether you think it can help you.
We, who are in DDA, came
because we finally gave up trying to control our device dependency. We
still hated to admit that we could never jump safely without the use of devices. Then we
heard from other DDA members that we were sick. (We thought
so for years!) We found out that many people suffered from the
same feelings of guilt and loneliness and hopelessness that we
did. We found out that we had these feelings because we had the
disease of device dependency.
We decided to try and face up to what devices had done to
us. Here are some of the questions we tried to answer honestly.
If we answered YES to four or more questions, we were in deep
trouble with our device dependency. See how you do. Remember, there is
no disgrace in facing up to the fact that you have a problem.
Answer YES or NO to the following
1 - Have you ever decided to stop using devices forever, but only lasted for a couple of jumps?
Most of us in DDA made all kinds of promises to ourselves
and to our families. We could not keep them. Then we came to
DDA. DDA said: "Just try not to use devices today."
(If you do not use devices today, you cannot be dependent on them today.)
2 - Do you wish people would mind their own business about
your device dependency-- stop telling you what to do?
In DDA we do not tell anyone to do anything. We just
talk about our own device dependency, the trouble we got into, and how
we stopped being dependent on devices. We will be glad to help you, if you want us to.
3 - Have you ever switched from one kind of device to another
in the hope that this would keep you from getting device dependent?
We tried all kinds of ways. We tried audible altimeters instead of visual altimeters. You name it, we tried it. But if we used any device, we usually became dependent.
4 - Have you had to have an eye-opener upon awakening during
the past year?
Do you need a device to jump? This is a pretty sure sign that you are device dependent.
5 - Do you envy people who can jump without devices, without getting into trouble?
At one time or another, most of us have wondered why we were
not like most people, who really can take it or leave it.
6 - Have you had problems connected with devices during the
Be honest! Jumpmasters say that if you have a problem with device dependency
and keep on using devices, it will get worse -- never better. Eventually,
you will die, or end up in an institution for the rest of your
life. The only hope is to stop being dependent on devices.
7 - Has your device dependency caused trouble at home?
Before we came into DDA, most of us said that it was the
people or problems at home that made us use devices. We could not see
that our device dependency just made everything worse. It never solved
problems anywhere or anytime.
8 - Do you ever try to get "extra" devices at a Boogie
because you do not get enough?
Most of us used to have a few devices before we started
out. And if devices were not available for demo jumps, fast enough, we would go some place else to get more.
9 - Do you tell yourself you can stop depending on devices any time you
want to, even though you keep getting dependent on devices when you don't mean
Many of us kidded ourselves into thinking that we used devices because
we wanted to. After we came into DDA, we found out that once
we started to depend on devices, we couldn't stop.
10 - Have you missed jumps because of device dependency?
Many of us admit now that we "scratched from a load" lots
of times when the truth was that we were lost without an altimeter or AAD.
11 - Have you ever felt that your life would be better if you
did not depend on devices?
Many of us started to use devices because devices made jumps seem
better, at least for a while. By the time we got into DDA, we
felt trapped. We were using devices to live.
What is your score?
Did you answer YES four or more times? If so, you are
probably in trouble with device dependency. Why do we say this? Because
thousands of people in DDA have said so for many years. They
found out the truth about themselves - the hard way.
But again, only you can decide whether you think DDA
is for you. Try to keep an open mind on the subject. If the answer
is YES, we will be glad to show you how we stopped depending on devices ourselves.
DDA does not promise to solve your life's problems. But we
can show you how we are learning to live without devices one
jump at a time. We stay away from that first device.
If there is no first one, there cannot be a tenth one. And when
we got rid of device dependency, we found that life became much more manageable.