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Strange Strange Addictions

Updated on March 20, 2013
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There is this show called "My Strange Addiction" that features people that consume, smell, or feel things that are out of the ordinary. Mostly, on this show, these people would consume things that shouldn't be consumed such as deodorant or smelling mothballs. I've come to the realization that these people are struggling with these addictions based on them previously being hobbies that they've turned into obsessions due to some traumatic event that may have happened in their lives. There are a wide variety of people that have these strange addictions that I feel need counseling and help depending on what the addiction is. I understand if it it something harmless such as being a collector, but when it comes to causing your body, mind, or emotions harm, then I think that a professional should step in. Likewise, I like how this show tells these stories to others that might need help and how they get these people to talk to professionals that can help them to overcome there addiction. Here below are just a few people with a strange addiction that has been broadcasted on the show:

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In the picture above is of Julius, a sixty two year old man, who has been sexually attracted to balloons for over five decades. He keeps more than fifty thousand balloon in his home at one time. He has a special room for all of the balloons that he has. My opinion of Julius is that he should see a psychiatrist that can get to the root of why he's sexually atttracted to balloons and to try to overcome his addiction of always having them in his house.

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In the picture above is of Danielle, who is a young lady that is addicted to eating Vapor Rub. She always carries vapor rub on her and her friends have told her that her entire house smells like vapor rub. In Danielle's case, I feel that she needs immediate help for her addiction. Im surprised her constant eating of Vapor Rub has not become toxic in her body or has not made her severly ill by this point. I feel that consuming Vapor Rub can be extremely harmful to her entire body, due to the fact that it is not suppose to be consumed at all, let alone on a daily basis.

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In the picture above is of Audrey, who is addicted to her stuffed lamb. She does everything with her lamb, even exercising with her lamb, feeling that she can't live without it. In the case of Audrey, I feel that she doesn't need help unless she wants to develop a relationship with a man in the future or if she wants friends. I say that she doesn't need immediate help because her addiction isn't harming herself physically. Granted, she might have mental problems that might be behind her strange addiction and she might need help with those, but her addiction itself isn't horrible.

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In the picture above is of Margaret, who is addicted to bee stings. She has her own bee collection, in order to sting herself several times a day. She believes that the bee stings helps her athritis to heal. I've heard somewhere before that bee stings have been said to help with athritis and pain. So, I believe that she might be correct on that part. However, I think that the huge amount of bee stings that she gives herself on a daily basis could possibly be lethal in the long run. I feel that she should see a specialize either about trying to stop her addicton or at least to control it.

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In this picture, you see a teenage girl by the name of Brea, who is picking up sand. Matter of fact, she's not only playing with the sand, she is addicted to eating the sand. She usually gets her sand from the beach or the playground. Whenever she doesn't have sand, she chews on nail files to satisfy her addiction. In Brea's case, I fee that she needs immediate help due to her addiction, her age, and the fact that the sand that she is eating can have bacteria and animal feces in it. I feel that she can become deathly sick, if she continues her addiction. She should immediately get help for eating sand and for having the need to chew on nail files as well.

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In the pictures above is of Mike and his wife, whom are two people that are addicted to coffee enemas. Mike likes to prepare the enemas and while his wife is receiving the coffee enema, she likes to read, email, or nap. I feel that this couple needs help on why they are giving themselves coffee enemas. A professional needs to talk with them on the dangers of coffee enemas and why they should not be giving themselves these. Hopefully, this couple is no longer having this strange addiction be apart of their lives and have received the necessary help in order to overcome it.

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In the picture above is of a man that is sexually attracted to his car that of which he also believes that he is dating. He kisses his car, loves his car emotionally, and does certain jobs in his car and to his car that he feel that are "handy", if you catch my drift. I feel that he needs help as soon as possible. He received help while on the show without any avail. Maybe one day in the future, he will be able to move on from his feelings for his car and will be able to have an actual relationship with a human being.

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In the picture above is of a young woman, who was addicted to licking and consuming tape. She felt that tape gave her a rush of some sort. I feel that she needs help because tape is dangerous and shouldn't be consumed at all. It's not suppose to be consumed and it could cause serious harm to our digestive system and our stomachs.

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In the picture above is of a woman who likes to lick her car and eat cat hair. She thinks that the best cat hair is when you pluck it straight from the cat. I believe that cat hair can contain bacteria and germs, despite how well cats take care of themselves. I believe that if she continues this then she will become sick or that it can even kill her if she gets some sort of fatal bacterial disease from her strange addiction. The faster she can overcome it, the better.

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In the picture above is of a woman, who is addicted to having large breasts. She believes that the larger her breasts, the prettier and more attractive she is as a woman. I feel that she may need help as well. The more surgeries that you get, the more proned you are to receive an infection or a bacterial disease. Also, her enormous breast could be too much pressure on her hear causing her to have a heart attack. Hopefully, she gets help soon and see that she is beautiful without the huge breasts.

In conclusion, I hope that these people get the help that they need for their strange addictions. Some of these addictions I've never heard about until I read up on them. I feel that some have of these addictions stem from family problems, death in a family, incapability to deal with a financial crisis or a breakup, etc. The majority of these problems are dangerous, while some have to deal with mental problems that people have. Associating their needs with these strange addictions is quite scary and the fact that they haven't received the breakthrough that they need in order to overcome them.

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      torrilynn 2 years ago

      @Au fait thanks for commenting and yeah I just remember watching the show on TLC it was strange indeed.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Vick's vaporub contains topical camphor which is toxic if swallowed, or absorbed through breaks in the skin (Mayo Clinic). Audrey suffers from attachment issues not unlike a child who attached to their blankey. They usually outgrow that attachment, but . . .

      The woman who licks the cat; I wonder if she coughs up hairballs?

      If you think these addictions are weird you should study fetishes sometime. No, an addiction is not the same thing as a fetish.

      Interesting read. :)

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      torrilynn 3 years ago

      @JackieLynnley I'm glad you liked this hub. Yeah these addictions are very real and very strange. Thanks for commenting.

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      torrilynn 3 years ago

      @LeslieAdrienne thanks for you comment it is much appreciated.

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      torrilynn 3 years ago

      @Cyndi10 you are more than right. Some of these people are unable to hold a job or a relationship. Functioning on a daily basis is hard because of their addictions.

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      Cynthia B Turner 3 years ago from Georgia

      Wow! How weird (and sad) for these people. Are they functioning? A few of their addictions look as if they might interrupt their daily functioning in life, like holding a job or having any kind of adult relationships.

      Thanks for the interesting information.

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      Leslie A. Shields 3 years ago from Georgia

      OK.... I am sure that bee stings help with asthma because, the first thing you do when you are stung is gasp deeply for breath....

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      So funny; glad I found this although I find it hard to believe some of these. If I was the guys wife with the balloons I'd tie them all to him while he was asleep and open the window! ^+

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      @ManOfStrength i'm glad that you liked my hub and im also happy that you found it funny!

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      Man of Strength 4 years ago from Orlando, Fl

      Hi Torrilynn,

      This is a great hub. I found myself laughing when none of this is actually funny. Great job of expressing what these folks are going through. Voted up all the way.

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      @careermommy thanks for the comment an im glad that you liked my hub

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      torrilynn, all I can say is wow! These are very strange and almost too strange to be true! But, hopefully, since these people have allowed themselves to be exposed like this they will get the help they need. Nicely done.

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      @MarleneB I completely agree with you and feel that these people need help as well. The sooner, the better!

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      @DDE i believe that these addictions are real and that they are quite interesting

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Strange addictions and so weird too. Other addictions like eating paper or chalk, and cigarette ash, an interesting outlook on such addictions.

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      I saw this show one time and vowed never to watch it again. The show I saw was the one where the lady ate plastic. She now has an enlarged liver because her body has a hard time digesting the plastic. I understand addiction, but come on... these people need help... all of them.

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      @teaches12345 im glad that you liked my hub and i feel the same as you that these people should seek help immediately

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      This was an interesting read. Not sure what to think, if true -- they should seek help to live a normal lifestyle. Glad that I don't have to worry about any of these!

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      @aviannovice I agree and feel that these people need immediate help

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      @Laurie I feel the same as you, who knows it just might be real, maybe its just hard to understand

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      Rayne123 4 years ago

      Hard and crazy lives. I dont know if I feel for them or even think its real.

      However I do hope they get the help they need as I would for anyone.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I haven't seen this show, but saw something similar to it once. These are hard lives that these people live.

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      Your welcome :)

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      It was really interesting, thanks!

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      @NellRose Im glad that you read my hub and found it quite bizarre because it is bizarre that these people have these addictions. Thanks for voting up.

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      @Rayne I could see your point of view and why you feel that way. Maybe some of them just want attention, maybe some might actually have these problems.

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      Rayne123 4 years ago

      I know the balloons and the car addiction to funny, however when reality it isnt funny, they need help, but reading it, it almost sounds phony.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi, Wow! definitely bizarre! I do know that eating strange things is called Pica, but the balloons? Oh my God....! and they always say a man and his car....lol! fascinating look at the strange things people do! voted up!

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      @Laurie yeah this show exists it comes on

      tlc and yes we never know how people act and feel until we actually get to know them.

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      Rayne123 4 years ago

      wow I have never heard of this show.

      This is strange what goes on behind closed doors.

      I guess we never know how people feel and think.

      Great information

      thanks

      Laurie

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      @peachpurple I agree and feel the same way that you do. And thanks for voting up

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      @habee thanks for stopping by and for reading I really do appreciate that and yes everyone is quite normal compared to these addictions that these people have

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      Holle Abee 4 years ago from Georgia

      I've seen several episodes of the show. Makes me feel pretty normal! lol. Interesting hub - voted up.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Interesting hub! I think Julius is similar to UP animated movie. The UP character, old man loves balloon too. I find eating cat's hair is the worst scenario. Voted up