There are many addictions and the list is very long…alcohol, coffee, cigarettes, drugs, sex, gambling, etc. Then if you list each different kinds of drug addictions the list is even longer. Some addictions are more powerful and more damaging than others. Some are easier to kick than others. But I’m not thinking about those kinds of addictions today, I’m thinking about the ones that require some will power to get rid of.
So what exactly is an addiction? From www.free.dictionary.com I found the following definition in their “medical dictionary” section, “Addiction is a persistent, compulsive dependence on a behavior or substance.” It goes on to say, “Addiction has been extended, however, to include mood-altering behaviors or activities.”
One of my “addictions” is coffee – which isn’t a true addiction – I just like it. But I’m not one of those people who has to have their cup of java before anyone can talk to me in the morning. Sometimes I go a week or more without coffee. I like to have my morning cup, or three, of coffee, but if I don’t, I’m fine with that too.
Some of my other “addictions” include chocolate, Doritos, sweets, Dr. Pepper, shopping. I think most American women, and some men, share my chocolate addiction. This also is not a true addiction either as I’m not dependent on it; I just really, really like chocolate and crave it often. It doesn’t alter my behaviors and mood.
Ah, Doritos! I’ve been addicted to them since my teens, or possibly pre-teens. When I open a bag, it’s all I can do to stop eating them when I’ve had enough – er, too much. They have to be the original Nacho Cheese Doritos. They’ve made so many delicious flavors, but when there is a craving, there is only one flavor. Is there really such a thing as too many Doritos? And sweets, well that’s kind of like chocolate, however, if I’m craving chocolate and I eat something else that is sweet, my craving is NOT satisfied!
Some people would think that it’s the caffeine in Dr. Pepper that makes me thirst for it. But it’s not. I really think it’s the carbonation that I desire. The carbonation does have to be sweet and taste like Dr. Pepper though. However, a good root beer or Coca Cola will suffice as well.
And finally, what woman doesn’t love shopping? Actually my mother never has. I always thought she enjoyed it as much as I do; but as it turns out, she just enjoyed spending time with me. Isn’t she sweet? Now, I’m a reasonable shopping addict. I don’t spend more money than we have…well, that’s not entirely true. I have no business using a credit card for shopping the majority of the time. And I’m nothing like Isla Fisher’s character in The Shopaholic, though I love that movie and Isla Fisher is hysterical!
What are your addictions?