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What are you addicted to?

January 19, 2018

We all are addicted to something. Some of us acknowledge it and others don’t. I will tell you what I’m addicted too at the end of this post but let’s talk about some common addictions.

Drugs, Food, and Alcohol are the common forms of addictions. We all know someone that is addicted to one of these things. I had a conversation with a friend the other day and we talked about the turning point of when we became addicted to things. See we didn’t grow up becoming addicted to something, something triggered the addiction. It could have been something that caused us to go that route and that is the root of the problem. What causes someone to get on drugs. Unless they are born addicted to crack how did they get on it. What happened for them to get to that point. Food is the same way if you were once skinny and then you start eating a lot of food what happened? In order to deal with the addiction as a therapist once told me…you have to figure out where it stemmed from and we need to go back to that point in our lives and find out how to fix it if we can. A lot of people can’t fix addiction it’s hard to change things and it’s hard to let go of that feel good moment. When we are addicted to something we feel good about it and we want to live in that moment of addiction because it makes us forget about why we are addicted in the first place. Let’s talk about some other addictions that aren’t as common

Sex/Porn – I use to believe that this wasn’t an addiction but some folks are starved for sex. It makes some people feel so good that they are willing to rape and take it in order to have that moment of pleasure. Some people look at porn as a way to help them with the sex problem because if they aren’t getting it at least they can watch it and in some way it’s helpful. I don’t know anyone addicted to porn but I do know someone addicted to sex. He talks about it day and night and it consumes him. He has a wife that he has sex with on a regular but it’s still not enough. Nothing is ever enough for him. How did he get there?

Anger – It’s an addiction. When someone is angry daily and always hates everything….it’s an addiction. Do you know some people can only function in anger and turmoil? They don’t know what it’s like to be happy because they never functioned in it before. Some people live in the past and they let that anger consume them to where they can’t see anything else. When things are going well they have to create a problem so that they can live normally. I call people like this addicted to turmoil but it stems from anger or something that happened to them that they can’t get over. A lot of these people turn to drinking later on because that makes them even angrier.

Gambling – This one is a doozy. Some people will spend their check on the lottery tickets in hopes that they will win. People gamble so much that they go into debt because the thrill of the win and the money excites them. I had an old friend who was addicted to gambling. She would always go to the casinos and gamble her entire paycheck. She said that she worked hard she could do what she wanted. Growing up she didn’t have a lot of money so I think in her case she thought it was a way to make money legally without selling drugs. Quick money. She was good at first and won lots of money…even enough to buy a car cash but she became so addicted I had to stop being her friend.

Food is what I’m addicted too. I love it. Makes me feel good and it tastes good. I grew up in Charleston,SC and we know our food. I grew up skinny. I was a stick but after my mom died the weight packed on and now I am over 200 pounds at 5’2. The triggering moment for my addiction was my mom dying. Eating made me feel good and it was a comfort to me when I had no one else to comfort me. Food did it and it has continued to do it.  If you watch This is Us you will see that Kate has this addiction too. She hides food and eats it because it makes her feel good. I know that my addiction isn’t good and it can cause me major health problems but I still want to eat well. For my sake, I have to get it together but I won’t be able to do it alone I have to get some professional help for this.

Never be afraid to get help for your addiction and please don’t be ashamed of it. If you are addicted to being perfect admit it, if you are addicted to being alone say that, if you are addicted to social media embrace that, if you are addicted to anything else get real with yourself in 2018 about it and try your best to fix it. You don’t have to do it all at once take baby steps like I have been doing.

What are you addicted to? Do you know someone who has an addiction?

 

  • Reply
    Amber Myers
    January 19, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    I’m probably addicted to food. I love to eat. But I do try to watch it. If my pants start to get tight, I know I need to work out more.

    I’m also addicted to books and Diet Coke.

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    Sarah Honey
    January 19, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    I’m totally addicted to a double espresso every morning and orange Swedish Fish. Totally random, but I wouldn’t ever turn them down if someone put them in front of me.

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    candy
    January 19, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    Guess food would be my down fall. Love to cook, bake feed anyone and eat myself. There are all kinds of different addictions.

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    Heather A Lawrence
    January 19, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    Hmm, I would probably say my phone.
    I think it has too much control over me and honestly who needs to check facebook a million times a day?
    I used to be addicted to smoking but I kicked that one pretty quickly when my nana was dying of lung cancer.
    Now I am trying to put limits around how much time I spend on my phone…that’s tougher for sure!

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    Crystal Nicole
    January 19, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    Hm, I think for me right now it’s definitely work. I’ve been working like crazy and to actually step away and take a break or do things like eat is very hard for me to do.

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    Doria
    January 19, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    I’d say my addiction right now is hyper-analyzing myself. Actually, that’s been a lifelong thing I haven’t been able to kick! Maybe someday… 😉

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    Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh
    January 19, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    I share your same addiction, food. It’s so hard to be addicted to food, because you have to eat to survive!

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    Jen Temcio
    January 19, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    I am addicted to sugar for sure. My sisters and friends will remove it from their diets to get “clean” from it and then limit it to barely anything but I know I can’t do this. I crave sweets day and night.

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    Sue Reddel
    January 19, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    I’d have to say that I’m with you. I love food. When I’m eating I’m thinking about what I’m going to have next. Can’t help it!

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    Chubskulit Rose
    January 19, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    I used to think that I am addicted to blogging since I can’t go on a day without writing anything but now that I am back to reading books, I am slowly shifting my “addiction”.

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    Mimi Green
    January 20, 2018 at 12:51 am

    I don’t have a singular addiction but I have an addictive personality. I’m a serial crafter I go balls to the wall in one area and it’s all I focus on. I’m two months I’m on to the next but balls to the wall again.

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    Sarah Bailey
    January 20, 2018 at 1:19 am

    Gosh this is a hard one, I’m definitely addicted to food, I have a huge issue with that and probably the internet, social media, blogger etc.. All of that.

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    Jenn @ EngineerMommy
    January 20, 2018 at 2:12 pm

    I am addicted to tea. I love hot tea, iced tea, lukewarm tea, lol. I have several cups every single day. At least it’s somewhat healthy!! 🙂

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    Angie
    January 20, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    Addiction is no fun, and it really sucks to be going through it. I might be addicted to clutter… Or maybe I just can’t seem to get past the anxiety to get it all straightened up…

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    Kita Bryant
    January 20, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    I can be addicted to some really fried foods. It has been a downfall of mine.

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    Tiffany Haywood
    January 20, 2018 at 9:29 pm

    This is a truly thought provoking post. I’m really not sure what addiction I have – besides coffee and I normally say that in fun. Food is my comfort place but I’m not sure I would put it in the category of an addiction. I will definitely be thinking on this for a bit.

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    Anosa
    January 21, 2018 at 5:43 am

    I too am addicted to food and now I have to seriously start working out to lose some weight but firstly i have slowly started to improve how I eat and the foods that I eat.

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    Ricci
    January 21, 2018 at 6:13 am

    I’m addicted to food and shopping. I need to find a healthy habit to channel my addictions to. HA!

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    Dogvills
    January 21, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    Everyone has some addiction of some sort. I guess mine would be coffee. I cannot be a “normal” person without my coffee. Two mugs in the morning and a few more throughout the day. I am also addicted to a Bubble game on my phone. Ha ha.

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    Danielle
    January 22, 2018 at 1:56 am

    I’m probably addicted to coffee but I’m trying to cut back. When I worked in an office last year, I’d have 3 cups a day and now I try not to have more then 4/5 cups a week. If I could eliminate it completely that would be great!

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    Jay Colby
    January 22, 2018 at 4:33 am

    It seems everyone has some sort of addiction. When I was younger I was addicted to sports. I used to watch and read about sports everyday.

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    Kayvona
    January 22, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    I’m pretty sure I’m associated to sugar. Smh lol Like I have to have candy daily, last night I couldn’t find my gummy bears (still haven’t found them either lol) and I was like having a real moment of defeat lol Addication is a serious thing though, I know a few people who have alcohol and drug addicationa and it’s so hard to understand but I continue to pray they have deliverance someday.

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    Kasi
    January 22, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    Hmmm, I can’t say that I’m addicted to anything, but I spend a lot of time on social media (as a blogger), and I love sweets. But fortunately I know when to log off, and how to indulge in sweets moderately.

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    Ola
    January 22, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    I am addicted to hot chocolate and home decor. Those are my vices, and yes, sometimes it’s difficult to control them.

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    Thirty30Courtney
    January 22, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    I’d say eating out because I hate cooking. I’m in the process of moving and previously, I never cared about kitchens. I think that if I enjoy the kitchen space that’s open in my new place, I’d be more open.

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    Monique Tillman
    January 22, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    I am addicted to Chai Tea Latte and TV. I can sit in front of the TV for hours. Chai Tea Latte just make me feel better, but at $5.08 a cup at Starbucks I need to stop.

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    Tiffany H.
    January 22, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    I’m addicted to social media! I am on social media in the morning when I wake up, before I go to sleep and throughout the day. I’m not sure what I did before Facebook and Instagram. I def need to go on a detox from the various social sites.

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