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    Substituting one addiction for another

    This is a very serious topic,




    i would rather the sex :-)

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    lol....Thanks for post mario, i need to be on guard, not with the sex, i still need to learn how to show my emotionals.....
    codependence there is a lot in there about addictive behaviour, like controlling...

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    Substituting one addiction for another

    Great topic and quite relevant
    My mom had quit smoking went into rehab and started smoking again. She stayed abstinent from alcohol but 13 years later died of kidney cancer brought on by the smoking. She also suffered from emphysema a lot. It was good for her to be recovered from alcohol tho.She was able to know her family and be a fully functioning human in spite of her other problems.

    When I first stopped drinking I allowed myself to eat whatever I wanted for 5 months as I didn't want to be fighting a battle on 2 fronts but I have recently put myself on a healthy but not too crazy/compulsive diet and exercise routine for the past 6 months and it is going well. I must avoid overdoing it as I had a "near miss" with anorexia in my early 20s. So my goals are long term and realistic.

    All pleasure, including addictive pleasures, share a common pathway through our reward cuircitry in our nervous system . Our brains are very efficient here, but that means that almost anything we enjoy can be abused and addictive! Even healthy and wholesome things like sex and chocolate! Moderation is in order and if not possible abstinence or other limiting strategies. I, for instance, do not buy chocolate or chips in large quantities. Sometimes that is the best we can do. Thank goodness alcohol is something we don't need to have at all.
    Best of luck
    Good thread
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    Substituting one addiction for another

    Just a little reminder, I am fighting my chocolate addiction now, here's to the New year...

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    Substituting one addiction for another

    Mine is ice cream, especially Turkey Hill All Natural salted caramel. It is a new year, time to cut back now. I'm not overweight, but I have put some back on that I had lost. I just can't sit in front of the fireplace eating this stuff until it's gone.

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    Addictive personality

    Thanks for the post....I have definitely suffered from the concept.
    First it was food, then added cigarettes, quit nicotine 13 yrs ago but stepped up AL.
    Last time I battled AL I started betting on horses - recognised the buzz/ compulsion so stopped instantly.
    Am now very aware of this tendency to transfer. I'm hoping to channel myself towards work and exercise ( wife will work very hard to prevent a sex addiction...)
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    Substituting one addiction for another

    Bump
    Excellent post!

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    I just found this thread again. I've been paying attention to substituting alcohol addiction. I have developed an unhealthy relationship to Golden Double Stuft Oreo cookies. I'm not kidding - so I'm trying to turn this into something healthy. But, it is a challenge.
    "Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.".....Carol Burnett
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    Found the thread you bumped Nora, a good one! It was ice cream for me, but Bubba has substituted it with frozen yogurt in all my favorite flavours. Know what, I can't tell the difference!
    Quitting and staying quit isnít easy, itís learning a whole new way of thinking. Itís accepting a new way of life, and not just accepting it, embracing it...
    Worry about tomorrow, tomorrow. Just get through today. Tomorrow will look after itself when it becomes today, because today is all we have to think about.
    Friendship is not about how many friends you have or who you've known the longest. It's about who walked into your life, said "I'm here for you", and proved it.

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    I still fighting my cakes ,ice-cream chocolate addiction, Just when I think I have it under control, it jumps up and graps me, Reminds of something else


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