As we consider the emptiness of addiction, the 'well' we are trying to fill, will always remain empty until we fill it with the love and care of higher choice making for our bodies.
The average American eats 42 teaspoons of sugar a day.
One 20 oz. bottle of apple juice contains 14.5 teaspoons of sugar.
Sugar stimulates receptors to engage the same pathways that are stimulated directly by drugs such as heroin or morphine.
Sugar is a snake in the grass, a misguided antidepressant. It raises the level of serotonin in your brain, lifting your mood and depression. But then it triggers a sequence of peaks in your blood sugar, then BOOM, here comes the crash -- furthering the need for even more slithering snakes in the grassland of your beautiful temple.
FOOD IS A SUBSTANCE! That's right! You heard it!
And the addiction to food is as powerful in engaging poor health as a drug and alcohol addiction.
Whether you delight in six speedily eaten double-fudge cookies at midnight, lit by the glow of a half moon, or you fill your vodka bottle with water to pass the radar detector of your wife, you are among many, and the solution to addiction of food substances OR drug substances is often abstinence.
Keep in mind, cravings very often represent a chasmic unmet psychological need that has been withering in an abandoned desert. "Water me," it cries aloud.
Substance addictions begin as 'disordered use' and as they progress, they morph into a 'use disorder.'