From Drug & Alcohol Addiction to Food Addiction

I received this message from one of my friends, sober sisters, and clients that I have been working with for a few years.

She said:

“I was thinking about food today. We had a party last night and for a brief moment, I felt like I needed a shot. You know when you feel like nothing is going right… well, during set up, that’s how I felt, and that’s the time I thought and actually said out loud that I needed a drink. But it passed so quickly and things turned around, and I was sober and didn’t drink at all. And still had a blast.

But on the other hand, my food choices (and today especially) were shitty. Lots of yummy food last night, and of course all of the left overs are still here. I’m able to make great choices for sobriety, but not for food. Which I have learned has a huge impact on my physical and mental well-being. I feel like I replaced one addiction with another. 
I went grocery shopping this afternoon and restocked our fridge with veggies and some fruit. And I’m sending all of the unhealthy shit to my husbands work. I think that’s one reason why I’m eating so much today… kinda like eat it now because it will be off the list soon.”

I shared with her that I have noticed the same thing about myself since I got sober. I realized that my binging and loss of self-control wasn’t just drug/alcohol related, it’s food related, too.

Sometimes you have been struggling with several addictions at the same time, and as you eliminate one addiction, the other addictions become more evident.

It is important for those in addiction recovery to remember how easy it is to replace one addiction with another and how to avoid this issue. The easiest way to overcome an addiction is to replace it with another. You can replace ONE BAD HABIT (addiction) with a HEALTHY HABIT.

Have you noticed that your drug and/or alcohol addiction has been replaced with food?


Check out my blog post on my website,, to know if you a are binge-eating & resources on how to stop binge eating.

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If you would like help identifying the trigger foods and feelings that spur you to binge or overeat, determining how stress, depression, and anxiety may be affecting your eating and learn how to calm yourself in stressful times with nourishing self-care practices, while learning to appreciate and accept your body I will be offering a 10-day FREE online class beginning September 11, 2017. To apply comment below.