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What is your Addiction?

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The hub relates to addictions. There are some who hear the word addiction and automatically think of drugs. In all actuality there are far more addictions that many of you are aware of. For the most part, if you have an addiction to one primary object the likely hood is that, you have an addictive personality. It's also been discovered that those with addictive personalities harbor some form of mental illness. This can mean anything from bi polar disorder, to anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder to paranoia.

The initial question that intrigued me into writing this hub was, can you have a food addiction or something to that affect. My answer is yes, if there is food, they will eat. I myself can't have much candy at my house because if it's there, hungry or not, I eat it. It's compulsive, I can't have it there and not it, it's my of my OCD. It's like the little devil that sits on your shoulder telling you, go head, it's there, eat it, you know you want to. Those thoughts control my thoughts until I give in and eat the candy. Then the guilt begins because I know it's not good for me yet I can't stop myself.

Drug addiction is the more deadly because of the drugs that people become addicted to. The hardest to kick is heroine and the easiest it seems to become addicted to is Oxycontin. Not only do the illegal drugs are addictive, legal prescription medication does as well. Can you imagine being hospitalized, in pain and the medication they give you turns your life into a living nightmare. The medication to help with pain becomes a crutch that you can't let go and it now controls your life. This is another one of those life changing circles that go around and around, you're trying to get off but there are not exists.

Have you ever noticed that a person who gives up one addiction takes up another one. When I had my eating under control I turned to alcohol for awhile and that caused me just as many health problems and to top it off, I was financially drained and my family wasn't happy with me. I choose to stop drinking and began drinking coffee 24/7. I seem to go from one to another. It's a viscous cycle that never ends, just keep going around and around. Look at the different eating disorders, anorexia, those affected starve themselves to look good, bulimic people gorge on food then purge themselves causing damage to their esophagus and stomach muscles. Have you watched those shows about people who weight anywhere from 400 to 800 pounds. Food addictions, overeating, eating the wrong food can all lead to a short, unhealthy life and subsequent death.

How about gambling? I love to gamble though have control of that, Thank God! However that itself is an addiction to quite a few people. People have killed others so as not to pay them money that was owed to pay off a gambling debt. This is serious business especially in Las Vegas. The violence contributed to gambling are nothing short of horrific.

Then you have the shopaholic who finds any excuse in the book to go shopping. There are quite a few families who's houses have been foreclosed on because of this addiction. Gas and Electric bills not being paid. No food in the house but dressed to the nines. It's just another link in the family of addictions.

It's mind boggling the different types of addictions that people have and the power they have over us. It's a daily struggle for me and has been all my life. When I get involved in something I tend to become obsessive. Even with Hub Pages I have to force myself not to be on all weekend otherwise I would never accomplish anything. It's not easy being me sometimes.



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      Dana Strang 5 years ago from Ohio

      Nice hub. I like how you point out that addiction isn't so much defined by the substance or object, but by the person. I am a true believer in an addictive personality. I have one. I cannot keep alcohol in my house. And I wish I couln't keep food becuase in soemrespects I really do think I am eatingmyself to death. But the "pain" I feel when I don't have to food and the pleasure I get from having it always seen to win over rational thinking. And the "rolling over". I know all about that too. My boyfriend was stron enough to kick cocaine and alcohol. But he gambles like crazy and I cannot get him to cutback on those facebook games! Thank you for putting it into words. And I hope at lest one non-addict will read this and understand a little more.

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      Catzgendron 5 years ago from North Chelmsford

      I think we have quite a bit in common. I can't keep alcohol in my house either. It's been 3 yrs,7 months and 8 days for me. I have no desire to drink but I don't want to tempt fate. I also believe that addictions are heredity. Out of 9 siblings, 5 have are alcoholics, 2 have both alcohol and drug addictions and 1 had alcohol and gambling, he unfortunately lost his life to the alcohol addiction. I will say extra prayers for both you and your boyfriend, don't give up, take it one day at a time!!

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      Dana Strang 5 years ago from Ohio

      So sorry to hear about the loss of your brother. And thanks for the words of encouragement. Stay strong. I look forward to seeing you around hubpages.

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      Catzgendron 5 years ago from North Chelmsford

      Thank You

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