The Serotonin-Plus Weight Loss Program Blog: Addictions
Posted on Friday, January 20, 2012 at 12:46pm - 0 Comments »
Can an alcoholic who has stopped drinking be okay having just one drink? Can a habitual cocaine snorter who is trying to stop get away with doing it just once again without reverting to chronic usage again? Can a person who has lost their entire life saving gambling go to las vegas and just play a little? The answer is a resounding “NO”. Clearly, the addicted person cannot even get a taste of their addictive “vice” because if so, the chances are high that the this will lead to the compulsive behaviors again. What is the difference between the aforementioned addictions and a person with chronic weight control issues? A very important one: A person does not need to gamble, drink alcohol or snort cocaine to live. However, we all need to eat to survive. Separating the “healthy” eating behaviors vs. the deleterious ones is very difficult because they both involve ingesting food. The point here is that the chronic weight control patient should not get tastes of the “addictive” foods that got them into trouble in the first place. That is why these 100 calories packs of cookies, chips etc are complete bull—-. Once the person starts eating those food sources more and more becomes the norm again. How many people can eat 5 pieces of popcorn and then stop? Remember the old lays potato chip commercials Mantra “Bet you can’t just eat one…” Controlling the addiction requires not having the offending agent around. Once again, in the case of food, we all have to have food around…just make certain it is the right ones.