from the fix: substituting addictions

From the fix comes this thoughtful and provocative piece I find very interesting. I’m surprised I don’t hear more people chatting up the notion that people frequently get addicted to other stuff in the process of shaking alcohol — whether the new addiction is something totally unexpected and unrelated: food, shopping, sex, power, working, religion, et al.

Everyone who’s battled an addiction understands the concept: You go from smoking to eating; from drinking to shopping; from sex to chocolate to working. You’re substituting one addiction for another in an attempt to compensate for a perceived “lack” — emotionally or psychologically.

So read the whole thing, even though this has never been a problem for you. Oh, and have another Ding Dong with your ninth cup of coffee while you read it.