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Monday, March 12, 2018

Addiction Sucks

There.  I said it.  Addiction sucks.

Some addictions are more acceptable than others, but in the end an addiction is an addiction and it sucks.

Good friends of mine just lost a son to a relapse as he was battling his addiction. At the funeral yesterday, I was fortunate enough to sit with a friend I've known for years that just had WLS. As we discussed the circumstances around the death, she commented that she, too, was killing herself before and that she had hit rock bottom before coming to the decision for surgery. I know where she's coming from; I know that rock bottom feeling all too well.

Our addiction to food is rarely seen as a true addiction to a lot of people. Instead it can be summed up as lack of self control or laziness. But it's more than that.  I don't care if it's food addiction, drug addiction, gambling addiction, smoking addiction, alcohol addiction, spending/shopping addiction, adrenaline addiction (yes, that's for the dare devils, cops, EMS, firefighters out there too!), sex addiction, work addiction, work-out addiction (yes even that!), addiction to attention, addiction to social media, addiction to electronics (the list could go on forever!)... addiction sucks. It's not healthy; it causes both physical and emotional problems and it's a demon the addict will fight continually.

I thought my addiction was gone, but it's not.  I still battle it. I can see it on the scales, in my clothes, on my body physically and definitely in my emotions. Awareness helps, but doesn't solve it; doesn't overcome it. Addiction will not take my life. I will battle it as long as it takes to stay healthy and I pray for ALL who are struggling with their own addiction (any mentioned above or non mentioned above!).  I pray for awareness, strength and courage to face that demon head-on!

God is for you. He will be there to walk you through the battle... press into Him and press on!
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"I praise you [God] because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." ~Psalm 139:14

4 comments:

  1. Well said Deedra. It certainly is a lifelong battle. Sometimes we lose the odd skirmish, but we must keep fighting on. Karla summed it up pretty well too.

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  2. Thank you! I'm trying to cast off social media, so I thought I'd scan my old blog reads. I read a testimony about an alcoholic and his experience after the last time he drank...and I ask myself the same questions! Why shouldn't I be able to eat ______? I can handle just _________, then not eat more as the week goes on. It's a lie and this post was God sent to make me get the message! I have to fight and be radical in order to abstain from the sin.

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  3. I love your blog. It is very informative. You have given a fresh outlook to the topic. I would definitely share this on other platforms as well.

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