A drug is a drug is a drug.

14 Oct

Ok. So for those of you familiar with the 12 Step program (specifically dealing with drugs and not so much alcohol) you already know what that means. For those of you who were blessed without the addictive personality (or for the ones still in denial) here’s what I’m talking about. As an addict, if you’re working the 12 steps and working on your recovery, you’re told that a drug is a drug. What that means is that even though you’re not shooting up 10 times a day anymore, if you’re still drinking alcohol, you’re not in recovery yet. All you’re doing is trading one substance for another, and it’s only a matter of time until you start using your drug of choice again. Ok, so what in the world does this have to do with dieting? Good question.  If you’re the type of person who is addicted to food, you’re likely addicted to other things…or you teeter on the line between abuse and addiction. Either way, you like doing things rather excessively. So when you imbibe alcohol, you probably don’t have just one. That’s all fine and good, especially if you’ve set aside points/calories for those drinks until you start feeling the effects of the booze. Remember “inhibitions?” Yeah, when you lose those, you don’t just start dancing on tables. You also stop caring so much about the “diet” you’ve been working so hard to keep. And, you may eventually get to the drunken munchies. Tell me, do you ever crave a salad when you’re shit-faced? No…you crave Jack in the Box and Taco Bell, Whataburger, or whatever else is open at 2am once the bars close. My point is, if you’re a food addict, you’re not “dieting.” You’re in “recovery.” But you can’t start the process until you start realizing that there might be certain foods and certain habits that have to change drastically, or be eliminated from your life forever. I still struggle with that to this day. I was doing well these past couple of days, and then I ate about 4 greasy pieces of pizza with friends after having several high-calorie/points drinks. Ok, so as long as you don’t do that every day, you should be fine, right? Well….it’s a little more complex than that. I’ll save that for another day. 🙂

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