My parents were alcoholics most of my life. Indeed, they were very high functioning alcoholics and very successful. What is amazing is they both quit drinking cold turkey when I was about 17. They did what very few addicted people can do: they were able to over ride their biochemistry.
Most of the time addiction isn’t psychological issues, a poor upbringing or traumatic past, it is a physiological or biochemical imbalance.
My mom was on every low-fat diet imaginable and did what she was told by the USDA to lose the unwanted weight; eat lot’s of “carbage”.
I can’t believe they were able to quit a life long addiction. But did they really quit? Most addicts just jump addictions and jump from one addiction to another. Addiction stems from exhaustion and most addicts are incredibly undernourished and exhausted. They need to feel “alive” so simply quitting their addiction doesn’t solve the underlying problem and they go from the thrill of being “alive” to death. That is why recidivism is so high in typical AA programs.
Both my parents quit alcohol cold turkey, but they didn’t really quit. They were plagued with cravings for sugar, carbs, and sweets. This is why at a typical AA meeting you will see alcoholics smoking, drinking tons of coffee and eating lots of sugary foods like cookies and candies because they are basically getting drunk without the alcohol.
My father to this day is driven by sugar. He can’t get very far without having sugar of some sort. He can’t say no and he is so fat phobic he won’t eat fat.
My mom on the other hand gets it. She said the Ketogenic Diet has finally removed her desire for “carbage” and has given her peace. She no longer shadow boxes her biochemistry trying to tame it or make it behave. The desire is gone. Period.
When you feed your body what it needs, when you nourish your brain with fat the rest takes care of itself. More often than not, people who are addicted quit their addictions on there own when they start eating in a way that stabilizes their blood sugar and prevents the blood sugar roller coaster ride. Once they get a taste of feeling “normal” in their skin they no longer seek out the feeling of being “alive” through addictions, mood altering substances or activities that stimulate them.
The constant hunting for carbage and sugar disappears and feeling like crap after you eat is eliminated.
My mom, for the first time in her life, has lost over 25 pds and has kept it off for over a year. But the real gifts have been in mental clarity, mental stability, strength, confidence and mood stability.
Blood sugar imbalance is precursor to adrenal burnout and addiction. It is that simple.
Remove the hypoglycemia and the rushes and crashes from a high carb/sugar diet and remarkably addictions disappear. Stability returns and people become who they were designed to be.