Help! The Beatles are trapped in this blog. Not really. You may need the help, though, but don’t ask the Beatles for it.
It has been brought to my attention that I use the phrases “addicted” or “addiction” a lot. If I don’t use the actual term, I certainly imply them. Of course, my main reference has to do with chocolate addiction, and the term is used somewhat humorously. The smell, the taste, and the whole set of circumstances the candy is usually eaten in adds to the enjoyment. In fact, they say especially dark chocolate creates feelings of general well being or even an amorous feeling in certain individuals.
On a more serious note, there are people in the world, and maybe sitting at the desk next to you, or walking their dog down your street that have addictions that are not quite a laughing matter. Of course, my addiction is not a laughing matter either, because I am dead serious about my chocolate, but for some folks their addiction is a matter of life or death. Far stronger substances than chocolate, such as opiates and other drugs may be invading their life.
Of course, this may seem like “A Very Special Episode” of The Snack Hound or somewhat like an After School Special with a HUGE MESSAGE in comparison to standard fare, but it needs to come to light. If you have an addiction to a substance and live in my state, there is a Michigan drug rehab referral list to a variety of treatment facilities and other options. The idea of “rehab” has been in and out of the news with each new celebrity that enters through the doors, but perhaps it has served a purpose. Perhaps it is less stigmatized and people who were once afraid to seek it out are getting help. The key sometimes is removing people from forces that keep them addicted, such as friends who encourage their use, and keep them away from social circles until they can gather up some strength.
Unfortunately, I am extremely enabled by others in my chocolate addiction, but it is not something that is going to cause harm in my life. If you have an addiction that is causing harm in yours or is making you feel powerless, please accept help.