A light-hearted look at addiction

Author: W. K. Hayes

A light-hearted look at addictions

 

             Addiction is a very serious matter but, since I have a hard time wanting to be serious, I decided to take a light-hearted look at some addictions that are well-worth having and can even be turned into ways of making money.

            Addictions to harmful drugs, prescription meds, alcohol and gambling usually come screaming to mind when one thinks about addictions. However, there really are a great number of addictions that are often referred to as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders, or OCDs.

            Personally, I love my OCDs. The oldest OCD I have, is waking up to a glass of ice-cold sweet tea and gulping it down. Nearly every morning of my life has started with a glass of sweet tea. Fact is, I feel off on days I had no choice but to go without my morning fix. Am I addicted to this morning ritual? Heck yea, I am but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

            The most recent OCD I lavish myself in, is writing. I will spend fourteen to sixteen hours a day writing. Why, because I love writing. I am obsessed with writing and when I get done, I want to write some more. Truth be known, I’m up to twenty weblogs that I have written in the past four days, alone and not counting this one which, will make twenty-one. I also have four books in print and another twelve novels nearing completion that I started at the first of 2010.

            Let me pace myself here and take a deep breath. I know many of you are probably thinking…why not start one book and finish it before starting another one? Well, the answer is simple. If I stuck to writing one book, it would take me a year, just like everyone else and writing one book a year, for me, is a joke with no offense to any of you. Inspiration doesn’t come when we want it to…it comes whenever it takes a notion. By the same token, I find that if I get writer’s block on one story, I can easily move to another one while staying productive. Yea, I'm obsessed with writing.

            Many writers will tell you to keep a notepad handy and write down the ideas in the event you can’t easily write for, being away from home. Since becoming a full-time author, I’m always at home and no idea worth having should be easily forgotten. So, I have a dozen books I’m working on with several of them to be completed by the end of January.

            Anyway, if I did offend you with the comment about taking a year to write a book…I really didn’t mean to but the way I look at it is this. If you have to force your writing into becoming a book, then, chances are you don’t really have a story, to start with.  A book should come right out of you and if you hit a dead end…start another book. Sometimes changing is a great way to loosen up your mind and it really does help you get past the dreaded, writer’s block.

            Okay…so getting back to addictions. One of my other favorite OCDS is having dark sensation cocoa mixed in with my coffee. It was actually an accident that led to this fine discovery. I wanted some coffee and I was out of creamer. Desperate to stay awake for work, I used a pack of cocoa and it was love at first sip. Since then, I have become a connoisseur of dark chocolaty coffee at two to four thermos' a day.

            One of my other favorite OCDs is my addiction to work. As long as I can recall, I have always had two and three jobs with the exception of the time I was with my ex. I couldn’t see myself working all the time while she did absolutely nothing but hang with her friends and look for the next free ride. Had she worked, I would have been inclined to try harder. But, getting away from her…I work like a madman.

            Truthfully, I see no difference in an OCD and Addiction except some believe that one is by choice while the other is not although, both still have the same effect in general. Smoking is an addiction…let a person get without cigarettes and they become moody and easily agitated. Let me wake up without tea and you’ll get the same reaction. I don’t chose to be grouchy in either case…but my body has a craving and that’s the bottom line. I think we call them by two separate names because a bad addiction can have huge ramifications on others lives when dealing with a person who is addicted to harmful substances.

            For anyone who may be curious as to why I chose this subject…well, the truth is, someone forgot to get sugar yesterday and I haven’t had my glass of tea, yet. I do have my coffee, I do have my soda but there’s this empty void without my tea…sad isn’t it? Maybe some sugar will find it’s way to the house allowing me to embrace my beloved, tenderly…yea, tea means that much to me.

            Ultimately, before you snub your nose at those with addictions, you might want to take a look at yourself and realize that you have your own addictions, as well. Granted, my addiction to tea hasn’t brought harm to anyone in my life but it is, an addiction.

            YAYYYY…the sugar has arrived and the tea is making…

            Thanks for reading my article and have a great day!!!

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W. K. Hayes 5 years ago from Bryson City, North Carolina Author

Hey wendi, I hope my article didn't offend you. Bad addictions are no laughing matter but the best way to beat a bad addicition is to replace it would a good one as you know. Thanks for reading the article and I hope you stop by again.


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Shyla's Nana 5 years ago

I am glad you finally got your much adored tea lol. Hopefully your night will end on a happier note. Happy New Year by the way.


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Anita Anita 5 years ago

I thought I was the only one who threw in a packet of cocoa when I was desperate for creamer. Coffee is definitely my good addiction.


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W. K. Hayes 5 years ago from Bryson City, North Carolina Author

Truth is, I can drink coffee with cocoa by why torture msyelf. LOL. Thanks to Shyla's Nana and thank you Anita, Anita...welcome to the hubs, both of you.


ssaul 5 years ago

hey are a whole host of things that i am addicted to that i just can't give up example hubpages lol


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neeleshkulkarni 5 years ago from new delhi

i am totally addicted to having my wife sleeping by my side.it is an addiction developed over thirty years and i wonder if i can get over it.

lol good one hayes. voted up


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W. K. Hayes 5 years ago from Bryson City, North Carolina Author

Hi SSaul, Neeleshkulkarni...thank you both very much. I'm addicted to hub pages, myself and am truly having fun writing for here. Neeleshkulkarni...I am glad to know that there are still good marriages that last, in this world. Congratulations to you and your wife. Definitely a great addiction to have.


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SilentReed 5 years ago from Philippines

24 hubs in 4 days WOW! I wouldn't mind having that kind of OCD.But that takes a lot of self-discipline and of course the love of writing.


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W. K. Hayes 5 years ago from Bryson City, North Carolina Author

I truly am in love with writing. Not to let my age hang out, but I first started writing on a manual typewriter. How anyone ever wrote a book with the constant chatter of those keys remains a mystery to me, to this day.

Now, I can write and the sound of the keys on my laptop are no where near as loud and distracting...oh, and did I mention I love writing.

My goal is to write 5 hubs a day, but I have a novel due by the end of this month and an autobiography due at the end of next month...so my hubbing will slow down some until I've met those obligations..but not much. LOL Thanks for kind words and have a great day.


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kimh039 5 years ago

Fun hub, WK. OCD is a lot like addiction, except the substance an addict is addicted to has addictive qualities - so there's another chemical component in addition to the brain chemistry of both. I'm not sure how much caffeine is in tea, but there are definite signs and symptoms of caffeine dependence and withdrawal. Heavy consumers of Mountain Dew and energy drinks can vouch for that. Non chemical addictions can be problematic if they're used to avoid or escape problems; workaholism, internet addiction, religious addiction, addicted to running, etc. This is probably way more than you wanted to know about addiction because your intention was to be light, but I thought I heard some acknowledgement that you were being light about a serious topic... and the seriousness of addiction is one of "my things" I'm kinda OCD about:) I'm glad you enjoy writing so much, and I look forward to reading some more of your writing. (Reading (non-fiction)is another compulsion I have.)


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W. K. Hayes 5 years ago from Bryson City, North Carolina Author

Hi Kimh039 and thanks for your feedback. Addiction can be a very serious thing but lifeis too serious as it is and I'm addicted to a non-chemical substance known as fun LOL. As for Mountain Dew, I have a friend who used to live off of the stuff just for the energy boost. Still,I never thought of my workaholism as being an escape from problems. You've inspired me to look into that some more. Thanks.


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sligobay 5 years ago from east of the equator

Kimberlylyric's hub relating to you has brought me to your roost. Glad it did. I've had bad addictions which are being replaced with an addiction to Hub pages and reading and writing. Do you find or make time to read yourself? You are prolific from your own description. I don't generate much yet but am building some momentum. Work gets in the way.


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W. K. Hayes 5 years ago from Bryson City, North Carolina Author

Hi Sligobay and thank you dropping in. I do love to read although most of my reading now, consists of reading short stories and poems here on Hubpages. Stephen King is bar far my favorite writer and Poe will always be my favorite poet. Still, I also enjoy Michael Crichton, Mary Higgins Clark and Agatha Christie.

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