Sometimes when coming into recovery, we put down the drugs and booze only to pick up another addiction or obsession.
These other obsessive addictive behaviors can range from scratch tickets aka “cardboard crack”, eating, relationships, working out, anger…you name it us addicts can find it.
The funniest one of these obsessions that I have ever heard about was from my friend Bootsie. This man has 30 years of recovery and lives in the solution today.
However, in his early recovery days Bootsie apparently became obsessed with shrimp. Yes the food. He would buy bags of it, hide it from his friends, would think about it constantly. He says the obsession of when and how to get it took over.
When his friends would come over he couldn’t wait for them to leave so he could eat it and not have to share it.
One day he was running low on gas and then figured out if he bought the shrimp already cooked….if the car ran out of gas then he could just walk and eat the shrimp. Nothing mattered but the shrimp!
This is the disease of addiction. You could put any drug in the same context and it would make perfect sense.
For Bootsie thank goodness he was able to over come the shrimp obsession and share about it at meetings to help others.