Friday, January 27, 2012


So last night at support group we were talking about addiction. We had a guy that shared his story about how he used to be addicted to drugs and alcohol and how it wasn’t until his life spiraled out of control and he lived under a bridge for 6 months did he decide to get help. He has been sober for 15 years and he recently had gastric by pass surgery and he is doing really well. He was saying that he lives one day at a time even when it comes to using his tool to loose weight.

He mentioned and the Doc agreed with him, that 20 % of bariatric patients change the addiction of food for another addiction.  Whether it is drugs, alcohol, shopping, exercise etc.

He mentioned some people go full tilt it one direction or the other but they don’t have a happy medium.

So my question is did you trade one vice for another? Do you find yourself with a new addiction?

After listening to this last night, I realized that my alcohol consumption has increased and it is definitely something I need to keep an eye on.


  1. I would have to say that mine is shopping and exercise.

    I do not drink, because I am in the losing phase and was told not to. I admit I have had a couple of drinks but rare.

  2. I've heard this is definitely true.....interesting isn't it?

  3. Shopping and exercising too. Shopping because its so much fun to shop when your smaller and can shop in any store and fit into the tiny cute clothes LOL Exercising because it gives me somewhat of a high or a rush that feels amazing. I guess couponing has been an addiction too of mine in the last year LOL But I guess its all positive new addictions because I still have control over them, I don't over spend money to support new addictions if I have extra money I go shopping for myself. But it is very true about passing on the addiction from one thing to another so I am very cautious of things, I don't need any new bad habits in my life!

  4. Exercising and crushing on is a good thing, the other ...not so much.

  5. I definitely started drinking more when I was about 3-4 months into my journey... but it slows down the losing (like Kristin said), so I had to turn to blogging... and watching TV. LOL