How we get addicted to ... (food and other stuff)
Friday, January 29, 2021
A vlog by Susan Peirce Thompson, the author of Bright Line Eating and someone who's dealt with and recovered from addiction to alcohol, drugs, caffeine, nicotine and food, amont other things.
She talks about how she recently found herself staying up all night doing a jigsaw puzzle, for 13 hours without a break.
What I found very interesting about her talk is that she explains how someone who may or may not be prone to addiction, can go for a long time in their life not particularly caring about some drug or addictive activity... then slowing becoming acquinted with it, gathering insights into, for example, which type of alcohol he/she likes, but still not being obsessed about it... and then during a time in their life when they have a lot of stress, their brain suddenly finds out that the use of this substance or activity somehow helps to relieve the stress. And click - then the addiction is born.
This is how it seemed to happen for me. I struggled with being overweight most of my life and frequently overate. But I did not binge. And I seem to know exactly when my addiction to food - my binge eating habit - began. It was in a time when I was feeling despair over having been utterly rejected by someone I trusted and depended on. I would lie awake, feeling unable to sleep at night, brooding and feeling upset about the way I was cut off by that person, and couldn't find peace. Until one night I took all the candy and chocolate we had in the house and ate it in one sitting. BOOM. Somehow that comforted me. After I'd repeated that behavior two or three times I was hooked and years of struggles with binge eating began.
It's ten years later now. I have not recovered completely but at least using Bright Line Eating I seem to be getting some grip on the problem.