"People With Strange Addictions"

"People With Strange Addictions"

The chalk eater, didn't stop eating her chalk, because she didn't feel threthen by any harm yet.
The chalk eater, didn't stop eating her chalk, because she didn't feel threthen by any harm yet.
The Tanner, didn't stop tnning becaus e she felt that it wasn't ging to harm her.
The Tanner, didn't stop tnning becaus e she felt that it wasn't ging to harm her.
The shopaholic, was the only one to seek help and start to recover from her addiction.
The shopaholic, was the only one to seek help and start to recover from her addiction.
This is a picture of melanoma cancer of the skin. It's not a pretty sight.
This is a picture of melanoma cancer of the skin. It's not a pretty sight.

"People With Strange Addictions"

I watched a documentary about people with strange addictions and these people were suffering from different types of compulsive disorders and didn't really realize it. There were four people living in a world of denial, when it came down to their disorder. the first case involved a man that had been married eighteen years to his wife, and for what ever reason they end up getting a divorce. The man started to run, I guess to release stress, and pain. Running literally became his will to live or his emotional outlet. He ran 20 miles every day, in the morning and at night with a head light to see where he was going. The therapist talked about his compulsion to run, if he was running for his health and exercises, that was good; but if you're running to stop the pain, your health is in jeopardy;because you're to the point where you feel like you can't stop.The therapist also told him that excessive running can cause bodily harm, if we wasn't careful.

The man didn't think of his running as a bad thing,which means he was in total denial of his disorder, he doesn't realize that he has a serious problem, or he doesn't want to admit to having a problem. People can't the much needed help, until they realize and admit they have a problem. They have to come to terms with their disorder and attack it head on. This man's case ended with him saying he was going to try and cut back on his running, but we all know without mental health, that's not going to last for long.

The second case is the story of a young women and her addiction to eating chalk, i had heard of it, but I wasn't sure that it really happen. This documentary prove that this addiction does exist. This disorder is called Pica disease. Which means she had a compulsion to eat chalk every day. She said started eating chalk in junior high school and now, she was out of college.Therapist says Pica disease is a disease where the person likes to eat grainy or gritty substances, this means there something in this persons diet; they get compulsions to eat these substances to try and replace what is missing in their diet. She was also in denial of her disorder because she thought it was normal to eat chalk; she had did it, so long until it had become the norm for her. The therapist told her her that even though she hadn't gotten sick form eating the chalk that she didn't know what the long term effects of eating it; would be.The therapist told her that her actions could be detrimental to her health, she laughed about it because thought it was funny. She also use to drink laundry detergent but she stopped doing it, she sounded like a glutton for punishment. The therapist told her he was concerned, because people with these types of disorders sometimes go the extremes, he talked about people that ate their own hair and formed these huge hair balls that has to be surgically removed.

This kind of compulsion can be life threatening to the addicts, but the young lady didn't see eating chalk as a problem. The young women never admitted that she had a problem, so until she comes to that realization, he couldn't be helped. She said that she would continue to eat chalk until it becomes a problem, which is a silly option.

The Third case was about a young black women, that had the compulsion to shop and spend money, because it made her feel good. she didn't think she had a problem, even though she had $10,000 worth of credit card debt and $75,000 worth of school loans, so she incurred $ 85,000 worth of debt and she was still spending. She said shopping made her feel good, but her sister kept telling her that she needed to seek help, because she had a problem.She kept denying that there was a problem. After a while of constantly shopping for the same things over and over again, she finally listen to her sister and made an appointment with a phys-co- therapist . The therapist basked her how long did she shop, and she said she never thought about the time, until now, because she never thought about the time in regard to shopping.she told the therapist that she would shop from 10.00 o'clock A.M to 10.00 PM, at night and never thought about the time when she was shopping.

She realized that she spent a lot of time shopping to the point of being tired from shopping. Shopping to her was like a 9-5 job, but she enjoyed doing it. she started to realize a lot of things, after the therapist brought it to her attention. The more she went to her therapy session;l the more she became aware of her shopping problem. Therapist explained to her that she wasn't shopping because it made her feel good, but that she shopped because she was missing love and affections in her life, and she compensated by shopping to make her self feel better. She started to cry, because the therapist had given her a true diagnosis of her problem, so she can begin to heal. She kept seeing her therapist and she accepted the fact that she had a problem and she was happy that she was getting the needed help to combat her addiction. She called her sister and told her she was right, she did have a problem, but she getting help now and she was feeling better about the out come. This young lady admitted that she had a problem and got help for it.

The fourth and finally case was a young women that turned Tanorexic, she spent every day of her life jumping from one tanning beds to another to get a tan. She never thought of her compulsion for constant tanning to be out of the ordinary, even though her mother kept talking to her about the effects of to much tanning. To her tanning was it,because it made her look so beautiful. She tanned twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening every day. Her mother was very concerned about melanoma skin cancer, she said she didn't want to lose her daughter to cancer if she didn't have too. Her daughter was like others that had a compulsive disorders and she wouldn't admit that she had a problem of constantly tanning her body. The therapist says that a person that tans all the time has a problem with their body, they keep tanning trying to make their bodies perfect. This young lady didn't have any idea of the danger she was putting body in,because of the constant tanning; she was also in totally denial. Her mother finally got her to see a doctor to try to talk some sense into her,before it was to late. the doctor talked to her and found out that she really didn't think her constant tanning was a problem. The doctor told her that people that tan a;ot, put themselves in jeopardy of a skin cancer called melanoma; and went as far as to bring a you lady that had suffered cancer from to much tanning. the young women got upset with the doctor for bring the young lady to her, because she really didn't want to hear it.

The young women wanted her mother to take her home, because she thought that they were trying to attack her because of her co pulsion to tan,so the mother too her home. The young women didn't admit she had a problem or even wanted to seek help for her problem. She cut back on her tanning, be it appeared that given up on tanning was going to be hard to do. The young women had no clue that all of that tanning was going to make her skin leathery and old before her time Out of these four cases that I presented to you, there was only one sensible person in the group that actually wanted help-and got it, because she wanted to get her life back on the right track. It's really sad that people get these kind of strange addictions, because they all suffered some traumatic and emotionally problem that led them to these compulsions. My advice to anyone is, if you fit into either of these categories, to please seek help, so you don't end up going through hell like these people. I remember, when I was younger and going through madness with my first husband with his domestic violence; there was a time when I use to buy things because they made feel good . Today,, I'm so glad That God took that spirit from me and replaced it with a healthy attitude.

Benny Faye Douglass

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creativeone59 2 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona Author

Thank you Tolovaj, for your visit and comment, you're correct about the realization of a problem that can only be help we you realize it's there. God bless you. creativeone59


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Tolovaj 2 years ago

We live in a strange world. I have just read an article in one of our newspapers which is a bit related with yours. More and more young people seek for help at psychiatrists because they can't get a job, their personal relationships are shallow and life looks more and more meaningless to them. This is of course bad news,but on the other hand they at least realize they have a problem. Realizing is the first step on the sometimes long and bumpy path to solution.

I hope your hub will help more people to realize. Thanks!


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creativeone59 4 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona Author

Thank you Hendrika, for your visit and your comment, I appreciate you. Addiction is an addiction and I guess that includes sugar too. creativeone59


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Hendrika 4 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

Strange addictions! So I suppose sugar addiction is not really high up there.


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creativeone59 4 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona Author

Thank you jasper4e20, for your visit and comment,I appreciate you. Godspeed. creativeone59


jasper420 4 years ago

Great hub addiction comes in many forms! Intresting work voted up!


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creativeone59 5 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona Author

Thank you Mike, for your visit and comment I truly appreciate you and your compliment. I promise to keep writing if you keep coming. Blessings to you. creativeone59


Mike "quit weed"  5 years ago

Once again a wonderful and interesting hub, thanks a lot. Slowly getting afraid of developing an addiction for reading them - but who cares as long as you keep your addiction for writing ;) God bless you.


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creativeone59 5 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona Author

Thank you Nancy, for your visit and comment, but the dentist told her if she stopped eating the cleaner that she was fix her mouth free of charge, so that how the lady mouth was was done.the dentist did it free. Godspeed. credativoene59


nancy 5 years ago

i clicked on your hub because i wanted to read about the comet cleanser eating lady, who ruined her teeth and got $75,000 worth of implants to replace them, but i don't see about it. i was wondering how she paid for it, i guess was rich enough to?


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creativeone59 5 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona Author

Thank you PaperNotes, for your visit and comment. I feel the same about eating hair, I can't stand to get just one hair in my mouth, I don't see how they do it. It's very dangerous of the huge hair balls that forms in the stomach, then have to be remove surgicall Godspeed. creativeone59y.


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PaperNotes 5 years ago

I remember one TV program that I have watched some time ago. It featured a family where some of its members actually were addicted to eating their own hair. I think it was gross. Seeing hair on my plate can already make me gag, what more to eat a whole lot of it. I hope people with such addictions can get the sufficient and appropriate help they need.


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creativeone59 5 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona Author

Hi Sarah, thank you for your visit and comment, you would believe how many addiction out there these days, it's ridiculous how people are getting to luandry detergent and comet cleanser, it is reallky scary. I appreciate you. Godspeed. creativeone59


Sarah 5 years ago

this is GREAT!


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creativeone59 5 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona Author

Thank you freta for your visit and comment, you will be amazed at what kind of addictions people are doing now days. Godspeed. creativeone59


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California

Very interesting creativeone, the chalk one I've never heard about. Addiction of any kind is very sad indeed, and very hard to overcome. Thanks for the research. See you later.


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creativeone59 5 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona Author

Thank you Tina, for your visit and your comment, I appreciate it. Godspeed. creativeone59


Tina Anderson 5 years ago

Well done and very interesting subject. Thanks for posting it. Fascinating stuff but also sad. :(


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creativeone59 5 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona Author

Thank you Sarah, for your visit and comment, I appreciate you. Godspeed. creativeone59


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Sarah Masson 5 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

wow, very interesting


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creativeone59 5 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona Author

Thank you Katrinasui, for your visit and comment,I appreciate you. Godspeed. creativeone59


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katrinasui 5 years ago

Good writeup on such a unique topic. Very interesting hub.


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creativeone59 5 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona Author

Thank you friend for your visit and help. Gods bless you. creativeone59


Friend 5 years ago

I would spell-check your blogs. There is also a few grammar mistakes. "Pico" is actually "Pica." If you spell-check and do some research, that will help you out alot. Best of luck!


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creativeone59 6 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona Author

Thank you doyouknow, for your visit and your very valuable information on addictions, I truly appreciate you. Thank you for sharing and I'm glad your son found help. God bless you. creativeone59


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creativeone59 6 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona Author

Hello James old friend, don't you think it would make better people, living in a better world ,if we all had a God addiction. Thanks for your visit and comment. God bless you. creativeone59


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

A God addiction? I have heard no better idea than this one. :D


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doyouknow! 6 years ago

My son was an alcoholic (alcohol addiction) for 14 years and now he is sober after loosing his left eye, in an accident. I agree addiction can make any one powerless and if you want to quit addiction, then the problem begins.

There are people addicted to alcohol, food, smoking and many more. If you have the power to control, then you are not going to be an addict, even to jello.

So, be in the limits, when you cross, you will be in a big danger. There will be no medicines or any other cure for Addiction.

Only cure is self confidence and trust in your self, and don't be powerless over anything. We live for some time, but addiction to any can eat your life very soon.

Sorry, if i wrote anything wrong. These words came from my heart, because of my son, who destroyed his life for 14 years and now he is Sober and living his life very happily with his family.

He also created a blog for Addiction and De-addiction http://de-adiction.blogspot.com . If you are interested you can visit his blog and see what he wrote about.


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creativeone59 6 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona Author

Thank you James for your visit, I wish we could get a God addiction going on, the world would beea better place to live in. Thank you for our comment. creativeone59


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creativeone59 6 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona Author

Thank you KK Gals, for your visit and comment. Now day's we get all kinds of addictions, wouldn't it be nice if we could get an addiction to God. God bless, creativeone59


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

The first case reminds me of Forrest Gump. It is odd the kinds of things people get addicted to. This article is very interesting. Thank you!!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

I can't understand why someone would be addicted to eating chalk. I guess you can become addicted to anything if you have that type of personality. Great write-up.


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creativeone59 6 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona Author

Now day's AE, people can get addictions from anything, thank you for your visitand comment. Godspeed. creativeone59


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always exploring 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

Interesting article, it,s funny when we think of addictions, we think of food, alcohol, smoking, but i guess we can get addicted to jello if we eat it everyday.

Cheers


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creativeone59 6 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona Author

You are very welcome Hello, I leanred something myself from the documentary. Thank you for your comment and feedback. Godspeed.creativeone59


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creativeone59 6 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona Author

Thank you Micky, you're such a sweet heart, That's why appreciate you so much. Thank you for kindly comment and feedback. God bless you.creativeone59


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Wow, you wrote about some amazing addiction. Thank you for sharing


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

I have compulsive disorder about reading your hubs! I can't help it Faye. I've tried. I just keep coming back. It's an addiction I'll have to deal with though. Some of the side effects are sensations of peace, well-being, and even euphoria.

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