I consider myself a lucky one, but am I actually lucky or do I just have stronger will power then some? I hear it a lot, "Oh, his father was a heavy drinker so its in his blood" or "He cant help it because it was in his household when he grew up" or something along those lines. I dont believe it, and I dont buy it. My father was/ is an alcoholic. Not me, I went through that stage when I turned 21. I partied every night until dawn and got drunk all the time but that only lasted maybe 6 months and I stopped. I drink occasionally, maybe every couple weeks I will have a margarita or a bloody mary, but thats all. I dont drink beer, I HATE beer and wine. I attribute that to an incident when I was 15 at a fourth of July party where I got black out drunk off of Beer and Vodka, ever since I cannot even SMELL beer!
As far as other addictions go, I have always stayed away from drugs, I have done mushrooms once and been high off weed 4 times. I dont care for it, every time I have tried smoking weed it was me saying, maybe I will like it this time. Nope. Dont like it. I can feel slow and hungry and lazy without the aid of a drug thank you very much! The harder stuff I wont ever touch because I KNOW how addictive they are and the extremely harmful things they can do to you. Sure it interests me to see what it feels like, but I know and understand the possible consequences and there is no reason to put myself through that.
I wish there was a word for smokers like drinkers have the term Alcoholic, because I would be one of those. I am a smoker, I just dont smoke. I quit about 3 years ago, but still miss it, and since I quit I have had drags here and there or shared cigarettes while on vacation, I still love it. I smoked for over ten years, loved it. I KNEW it was horrible for me and made me smell bad and yellowed me teeth and cost lots of money but I still did it. It is so crazy how an addiction can grab ahold of you and make you do stupid things. Hmm, lets inhale smoke into our lungs and blow it right back out knowing full well that it is killing us. Sounds great, sign me up! It is a COMPLETE waste of money!! Would you fill up your gas tank and immediately pump that gas out the other side of your car onto the ground? When you smoke you gain NOTHING! You already breathe in and out for free, why add a bit of smoke for $5 a pack?? I do get it though, sometimes in the morning I would still get that first cigarette of the day high and it felt good, my brain would say, AWWwwwww, and relax. It is so scary what additives and chemicals can do to you. Scary stuff indeed.
Same thing as Caffeine. I quit drinking sodas about the same time I quit smoking. The crap they put in our American soda is horrible. I would drink 3 or 4 cans of soda a day and all that sugar and caffeine was having a bad affect on my body and health so I stopped. I have since recently started occasionally drinking pure cane sugar sodas like ginger ales and root beers and micro brew sodas, but just for a treat with dinner or after a run to get my blood sugar up.
Fact of the matter is that any addiction is bad, whether it be alcohol, cigarettes, chocolate, caffeine, drugs, sex, etc.... If it is an addiction we need to get it in check before it does harmful damage to our health or well being.
Like I stated in the beginning, I am a lucky one. I have been able to curb pretty much all of my addictions through sheer will power, strength and courage. But again, not sure if its luck or not. But I know that if I can do it,ANYONE can do it. You just have to be willing to put in the time and effort.