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Old 07-14-2013, 10:07 PM   #31
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You've mentioned "abstaining from alcohol as much as you can."

If you (or any reader) believes they have a *problem* vs. a simple need/desire to limit, you likely have to completely abstain in order to break the craving cycle.

The *body* of a person with a substance abuse problem is different; their brains CRAVE more substance - this doesn't happen in normal bodies.

When a person with a problem stops, but doesn't do other things to change the brain chemistry (things that can be achieved efficently through the 12 step model, but can also be achieve using other tools), they will seek chemcial changes.

Overeating, binge eating, and eating certain foods will "take the edge" off the need for a chemical assist. (So will shopping, sex, gambling, etc.)

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Old 07-15-2013, 09:03 PM   #32
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Hi Joanne, I have to agree with you.
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Old 07-20-2013, 09:03 AM   #33
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I agree also. The fix is so unsatisfyingly short.
I see myself as borderline in a lot of these areas.
I've noticed that some emotional high or low can send me shopping.
Not a full blown shopaholic, though, as I really don't like shopping for clothes.
I think my addictive tendencies are more rooted more in emotions (highs and lows) than in a real physical craving. But these do intermingle . . .
I've never understood the appeal of gambling. No doubt a good thing!
Is it the risk?
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