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Food, the substance that is not yet accepted as an addictive substance by the medical world
January 20, 2012
5:57 am
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I am an addict and have been an addict for as long as I can remember.  I grew up with parents who were and are addicts.  Addiction in my opinion is a disease of the mind which wreaks havoc on the spirit and body.  Addiction in my opinion has no real medical cure.   It can be contained, you can use prayer and support groups to try and abstain from an addiction, but if you have the addict gene, you will always have it.  Every addict has his substance, some have more than one that they turn to to seek comfort, to escape from their pain or that they simply continue to imbibe in because they have trained their minds and bodies to believe that what they are doing is part of their regular routine.  My main addiction is food.  I must eat to live, but instead I find that being a food addict, I live to eat.  I am totally aware of what I am doing.  I am not overweight.  No one thinks that I have a problem with compulsive overeating, but I do, and I have used food to numb a vast array of painful feelings, stressful times etc.  If I eat enough sugar or carbs I can get high and pass out.  It's an addiction.  I once also had a severe caffeine addiction.  Doctors disregard it.  Obese people are told to go on a diet, cut back, stop overeating or stop snacking.  I guess if your not a food addict you could take that advice and run with it.  Change your lifestyle and maintain a healthy weight, whatever the going healthy weight is for this decade.  But if your an addict to food, it's not the substance (food) that is the culprit, its your relationship to it.  You can't abstain from eating.  Go to rehab, learn how to get the food out of your life!  This addiction hits you daily and you need to hit it back daily, breakfast, lunch & dinner.  It attacks you in between, late at night.  It's painful.  It hurts.  It's real.  I wish physicians would stop thinking that food is not an addictive substance for a food addict.  At least I don't inject sugar - yet.

May 31, 2012
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Oneday,

 

Maybe you're just using food as your medium to fight stress and anxities. Do you think having that condition you need professional help? addiction is far away different from disorder and to diagnose where do you belong, you may need to consult a counselor. After reading your post, I must say that you are full aware of your condition and you're knowledgeable enough to have explained it here. You can go to self-help options and there are lots of it online. Food may not have that addictive substance BUT it depends on how you usually take that food to be addicted to it. Sometimes it sees on your behavior that's why there's a such thing called behavioral addiction.

July 3, 2012
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Oneday,

I understand where you're coming from. When people think addiction, the first things that spring to mind are drugs, alcohol, and gambling. I also have an addiction that is somewhat outside the "norm". My addiction is porn/sex.

The first time I saught counselling for this, my counsellor was quite uncomfortable with the topic. I tried another counsellor and the same thing happened.

So... that's a little why I've come to this site... to meet others with similar issues, get some peer support, to chat/vent and also listen and learn.

Having said that... anytime you feel like chatting/venting/sharing, please feel free to PM and I'll do my best to listen and offer whatever support I can. 🙂

July 4, 2012
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Call it what you wish guys, addiction is addiction. It can appear as a compulsion a behavoural disorder or as an obsession, but its really all interrelated in my opinion. I have a friend who I think likely has a sex addiction also. He has a wife with whom he enjoys sex, but he also enjoys sex with many other women. I feel bad for his wife and for him. She loves him and takes him back after he cheats when she finds out - he is also a compulsive liar and a very good one. He will not get therapy for his sex addiction. Actually I never realized that someone could have that many active addictions and still be functioning on a daily basis, but nonetheless he does & his poor wife puts up with it.

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