Tuesday, February 5, 2008


Addiction. What exactly is addiction? Well the American Heritage Stedman's Medical Dictionary defines it this way:

American Heritage Stedman's Medical Dictionary -
ad·dic·tion (-dkshn)n.
Habitual psychological and physiological dependence on a substance or practice beyond one's voluntary control.

So now that I have the definition, what exactly does this mean? What does it mean to me? "Dependence on a substance or practice beyond one's voluntary control"? Hmmm.... let me think about this.

I have an addiction. My addiction is not readily accepted by society or the medical profession as an addiction. I have an addiction to food. There - I said it!

Reading the definition of the word addiction puts my addiction into prospective for me. It helps me understand that I do have an addiction, I am not using the word "addiction" as an excuse and I am NOT going crazy!

My addiction is a hard one to control. Food is readily available to me no matter where I go. I'm not looked down upon no matter what I eat or how much I eat of it. I'm not arrested for dealing it, I'm not fired for having it with me at work and if I have food in my car and am pulled over by the police I'm not taken in for having it in my car.

I try to control my addiction but sometimes the urge is to strong to control and I overeat or eat the wrong foods. I struggle every day with my addiction.

"Hi! My name is Beth and I'm a food addict!".

There I said it! Maybe now I can do something about it. I'm sure trying.


hot tamale said...

Hi....my name is Becky and Im a foodaholic. You're not alone Bethy. We all understand this one. Thank you for being honest enough to say it and make us all look at the word, maybe it will sink in my melon. I've let my addiction win once again when I fell off the wagon this time. It's the longest struggle I've had in my life but I'll never stop trying and I know you will not either. Together we are strong!!

Anonymous said...

Hi I'm Ang and I'm a Food Addict, I eat when I'm bored, nervous, scared, tired, hungry, stressed, happy..Oh to heck with it..I gotta go post now..This is stirring up something.

Laura said...

Me too. I am a food addict. You're a long way from alone.

Let's keep working on this together.