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Coffee - Is it an Addiction???

Updated on July 13, 2009

Coffee vs Tea

My Struggle to give up Coffee

It's doubtful anyone enjoys sitting in traffic. There are some who make crazy or idiotic moves when on the road which evoke angry emotions or shake some pretty badly. How many people drive to work each day after hitting a Starbucks drive through? We've all witnessed what I'm talking about regarding people's driving....we've all heard about and maybe even witnessed road rage, perhaps even gesturing at others in such a way to entice it. My mom has a theory: road rage is at least in part, the result of people being all "jacked up" as she puts it, on coffee. Seems rationale to me.

I love coffee and started drinking it when I was 16, black, just as my parents did. A past boyfriend turned me on to drinking it with cream and a little sugar...yum. I currently live near Seattle and have lived in and near Kona. I've tasted some really good coffee during my lifetime.

When pregnant, I was told by my doctor a cup of coffee each morning was fine. I typically drank not one, but two, and this didn't change just because I was expecting. After I gave birth and discussed coffee consumption with our Pediatrician in relation to breast feeding, she said one - two cups a day would be fine and that it was also her drug of choice.

Now I am someone, who in my past, used other drugs which most everyone would likely consider addictive. I do still enjoy 1 -2 glasses of wine on some evenings, a couple days a week. On rare occasions, I may indulge in a couple of margaritas. It's pretty amazing, knowing how I was in my wilder days, several people (myself included) suspected alcoholism and I now exhibit self control where little (if any) existed before.

Coffee had a hold on me for some time and has been the hardest drug for me to kick. Several times now I've attempted to give it up and until recently, it always ended up only being a "coffee fast." When I drank 3 cups of coffee a day (two in the am and another in the afternoon), during "that time of the month," the pain I experienced for a couple days during my cycle came close to being unbearable on a couple of occasions. I'm naturally a "talker" as it is too, so when I've had a cup of coffee or two, it often leads me to want to start phoning people....I love people and am very social but we only have so much time in the day and it interferes with my spending time doing other things which are more important.

Several times I attempted to just drink tea instead...and no, it was not decaffeinated tea. The point I'm trying to convey is the addiction is not just about the caffeine. I like tea also - but it's not as thick and rich as a cup of java....I do enjoy my tea black though (although Chai is pretty good but I haven't had any for at least a few years...and Thai sweetened tea is way too sweet for me). Overall, I feel much better when drinking tea and if I'm not mistaken, tea also has more health benefits too. After giving up coffee for a while, I figured I would try drinking coffee just one day a week....NOT POSSIBLE for me! I have to never touch the stuff again.... there is just something about a nice rich roast with cream and a little sugar.

I reached a point where I asked my husband to stop having coffee in the house to support me, thinking he could just drink it at work (it's free of charge for him there too). He scoffed, communicating his unwillingness. He was unable to mentally conceive that coffee can be an addiction. Sugar can also be an addiction I explained to him. Depending on what people must have every day, what they can't live without, and how something affects a person, whether it be mentally, physically, relationally, socially, spiritually etc... I guess this is the real measure of of whether or not something is a true addiction.

I miss the taste of coffee but that's about it. Although an occassional indulgence would be nice, I'm thankful I have demonstrated mastery over leaving the stuff alone, even with it still in the house (to include left overs in the coffee pot after my husband leaves for work!). It's been more than two months now I've succeeded in overcoming the tempation.

Hallelujah! I'm reminded the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and SELF CONTROL!


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    christinekv 5 years ago from Washington

    Hi Seek-n-Find :) Thanks for sharing! Since I published this hub, I have gone back to coffee, and back to tea and back to coffee and back to tea......I love a good cup of coffee too. In order for me to abstain, the secret is for me to buy coffee that is "just Ok" and then my husband can have it all to himself! I think for me, if I have more than a cup of coffee or two a week, I'm being very disobedient!

    Whatever we get to eat and drink in heaven will be incredible (looking forward to having the best red wine ever!) and if something isn't there we really liked here, I doubt we will miss it! My husband loves crab and I told him to be prepared to not find that on the menu at the marriage supper!

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    Jenna Ditsch 5 years ago from Illinois

    I'll just say that the coffee and chocolate in heaven will be absolutely Divine. I imagine Jesus probably drinks a cup of Java every now and then ;-) I love coffee and it makes me happy--I think that's OK as long as I don't let it make me more happy than the things that should be higher on my priority list. If it wasn't 10:50 PM, I might drink a cup now.

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    christinekv 6 years ago from Washington

    Hi GmaGoldie,

    Thanks for the visit, the comment and for the rating. I have to confess, I'm back on the coffee! I went quite a while without it...think about 9 mos. Drank the tea instead (which stained my teeth despite the good oral hygiene I practice!). I still like tea but it's only occasionally I have tea since coffee, when it comes to hot beverages, obviously is my first love! Lol.

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    Kelly Kline Burnett 6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin


    I joke but I am also serious - coffee is the only drug I do. I try my best to monitor my consumption - I have an insatiable appetite for caffeine. Great Hub! Rated it up!

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    christinekv 7 years ago from Washington

    Thanks Parrster and Heart4theWord for visiting and commenting. Parrster, gVital is something I've never heard of before, nor is the plant your reference...I will have to learn more!

    To be honest, I was very successful in giving up coffee altogether for about 6 mos I guess it was....then in Dec and January, I was drinking a cup a day...for most of Feb, I was back on the tea but prior to today, the last three days I had a cup!

    Yes, I know what an addiction hubpages can be too....not an issue for me now though although I do hope to find some more time to get on here and catch up with all those I'm fans of having been sharing!

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    heart4theword 7 years ago from hub

    I've been craving a cold coffee alate' all day! Been holding back:) Congratulations on cuttin down on your intake. I think the hub-pages is an addiction, if we break this habbit, our scores go down! Keep on writing:) Nice Hub!

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    Richard Parr 7 years ago from Oz

    Thanks Christine.

    I drink gVital black. It contains a small portion of coffee mixed with a natural antioxidant that amplifies the coffee flavour (the antioxidant is derived from the ganoderma lucidum plant). Six gVitals are the equivalent of one cup of coffee. JOY.

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    christinekv 7 years ago from Washington

    HI Restoremyheart! Thanks for the visit and sharing...I've had coffee two times since I wrote this hub and was jonesing for about a week afterward the first time! I love it and for me it is an addiction. I like tea and know some varieties have health benefits and I think it's great you have it in the evening...for me, in the late afternoon when I wanted a warm boost, it was, "why have tea when I can have coffee?"

    Hope you are having a blessed Thanksgiving!


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    restoremyheart 7 years ago

    I do have to say I have to have my cup of coffee in the morning, and my tea at night :)

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    christinekv 7 years ago from Washington

    Hi HP Roychoudhury,

    Thanks for the visit and the comment.

    Yes, I remember the energy I'd experience from the drinking of coffee - part of why for me it was an addiction. After a few hours, it would wear off and in the middle of the afternoon, I needed another coffee fix. I feel much more "balanced" now that I drink tea instead. The only time now that I may want tea in the afternoon is because the weather is getting cold and it can be decaf....the desire is more about wanting something hot where I would never drink decaf coffee...what's the point?

    All the best,


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    H P Roychoudhury 7 years ago from Guwahati, India


    Coffee is definitely better as it supplies more energy. Thanks for sharing.

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    christinekv 7 years ago from Washington

    Hi Cheri,

    Yes, I remember the headaches the first day without! Thanks for sharing. Hope if you ever decide to give it up, the headaches will not be severe or last long!


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    Cheri Schultz 7 years ago from Midwest

    I love coffee and I am addicted..It is very difficult to quite due to the severe headaches.. Great Hub thanks for sharing

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    Tyhill27 8 years ago from Red Deer, Alberta

    Ya I already wrote it... It's in my hubpage folder titled Importance of Christian unity. That's the title they asked for and how many words they asked for too. It's not very long. They did not say anything about pay, but I don't care about pay. I'm happy to do it for free!! God's blesses are far better than man's! It already did pay off... I'm glad to hear that work has picked up.. It has here too. I just started a construction business and im so busy it's mind boggeling. If I come your way, I will for sure let you know.

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    christinekv 8 years ago from Washington

    HI Ty!

    How are you? So good to hear from you! Thanks for sharing....I'm still free of coffee and I do still get some caffeine because I'm drinking tea but it doesn't have as much as coffee. Glad you are able to enjoy it and not find yourself addicted! I remember a song in the 7th grade that went "c-o-f-f-e-e, coffee is not for me, it's a drink people wake up with......slaves to their coffee cup, they can't give coffee up." That's me (I forgot the mid portion of the lyrics but surely you get the jist).

    So I don't get much time these days to write as I am VERY busy this year with real estate.....prices are down but activity has picked up. I'm working with several buyers, many from out of state.

    That's really exciting you were approached to write an article on unity - how encouraging! Are you going to (and does it pay?)

    Be sure to let me know if you ever plan to make it across the border for a visit!



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    Tyhill27 8 years ago from Red Deer, Alberta

    Hi Christine, I have not forgotten about ya. How have you been? Has the market there picked up any? About the article, I must say that I drink coffee too. I don't know if I am addicted though. I can go a week without even drinking one cup, and no desire to?? I don't know why because sometimes I when I’m sleep deprived I can drink lots of it. Sometimes I have trouble going to bed, even when I’m tired too?? My favorite coffee is freshly ground dark roast rich coffee, with lots of cream or milk so it does not stain my teeth. haha and a little sugar. I wish you the best in your fight for freedom from the biggest drug in the world, Caffeine. oh and one more thing, what I find works the best is not even a hint!! If you mind thinks a thought of it, then it will want it. and the battle is on.

    Oh and I thought I would also like to add that an a publisher for a magazine down in south Carolina found me on hub pages and asked me to write an artile for them on Unity. Crazy hey!!

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    christinekv 8 years ago from Washington

    Hi Pastor C! I hear what you are saying. It's great to proclaim those promises...thanks for the visit, for your sharing, and your prayers (I really need them!). The joy of the Lord is your strength and may He restore unto me, the joy of my salvation.....have had my share of trials this year but know there are those who my trials seem pretty minor in comparison! He came though to give us life and more abundantly....God bless!

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    Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 8 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

    I love coffee too!!! lol One cup aday for me is suffient! I was reading somewhere, where one cup aday was good for stimulating the brain! I know that too much of it can hurt you. It seems that what we really like, is what we want to abuse!! lol, lol, lol, I know this because I have abuse alot of things in my life! Now I fight for my life! One struggle after another, tearing down strong holds through JESUS CHRIST, who strengthens me. I always keep this thought in my head and heart, that the enemy is out to kill me and this makes me aware of his presence at all times. GREAT HUB and much love! I will be prayering for you!

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    christinekv 8 years ago from Washington

    Hi Internpete and Jesusmyjoy....

    Thanks for the visit and for sharing your experiences. I love it and had a dream last night that I was tempted to take a far though I'm still coffee free!

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    Betty Bolden 8 years ago from Bucyrus Ohio

    oh coffee, I get a headache when I don't drink it, the kind that won't go away with pain reliever, just coffee..thanks for this hub.

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    Peter V 8 years ago from At the Beach in Florida

    I think it is good not to be controlled by anything. At the same time, i do love coffee. i have been drinking it for years now and have no desire to quit. occasionally i won't have the chance to get any coffee, and i do alright.

    Nice hub though, and good self-control!

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    christinekv 8 years ago from Washington

    Hi Ladies - thanks for the visit and the comments! Thanks Oceansnsunsets for sharing your experiences.

    I miss coffee, yet I don't if you know what I mean!



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    simplyjo 8 years ago

    I'm addicted to coffee. Thx for di info.. now, i'm off to get my coffee mug. lol

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    Paula 8 years ago from The Midwest, USA

    Hello Christine :) Very interesting blog, thanks for sharing it. I have tried to quit coffee before, (not for any real good reason other than I thought I was addicted to it perhaps).. I also had headaches like the first commenter mentions. The ONLY time, (and oddly) that it was a NON issue to stop drinking coffee, was when I was pregnant and breastfeeding also. I slowly added coffee back though while breastfeeding, but it was super slow and super minimal. Kinda cool that there was no "price" to pay for quitting while pregnant..

    At any rate, I agree with you, that tea is better for you, and I want to drink that more. I LOVE herbal tea, like in evenings, anytime really.

    I LOVE my coffee in the morning, and consider it just a part of my life, and I enjoy it. My goal now, it to cut out the sugar, just have the cream in it. I don't need the calories. My hubby likes his black and got me to drink it like that for a while. I am a sucker though, for the good ole cream and sugar, just like the first cup my sweet grandma first ever gave to me ;p

    Thanks for the hub, and congrats on your two months, wow!! That is impressive.

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    christinekv 8 years ago from Washington

    Hi Frogyfish -

    Thanks for the visit and comments.  No, I've not tried stevia and creme in my tea but really the only time I like tea sweet (and only if I'm drinking it hot - I like black iced tea w/ just lemon) is if I have a sore throat; then honey is really what is called for (and some lemon) and it does naturally help soothe.  Of course, a chai may be a nice occassional indulgence as well! My step dad uses stevia though - he's a diabetic.  It's amazing that I've lost a little weight even since giving up coffee for the tea.....didn't realize a couple teaspoons of sugar a day would make any difference!

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    frogyfish 8 years ago from Central United States of America

    Yes, you do have your answer, as you already expressed. Have you tried to drink your tea with stevia and creme? It would be c l o s e r though never the same to your coffee. Congratulations for your self-control for health's sake!

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    christinekv 8 years ago from Washington

    Thanks James for the visit and for sharing your thoughts and experiences with coffee too. Caffeine is supposed to be helpful for headaches and yeah, I've experienced those headache withdrawls on some occassions but not every time. Those times I didn't I believe were the ones I was clearly being encouraged by God to leave it alone!

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    James A Watkins 8 years ago from Chicago

    Coffee is absolutely addictive. I am addicted to it now. I have quit a couple times and got terrible headaches. You provided good information here and it is true.