Before you jump to conclusions, it's not my Hive birthday today, that was in January. It's another anniversary, which I'm late with as it should have been on the 6th of September, but it's never too late.
My name is Erika and I'm an addict! I guess that's the first step, at least that's what I keep seeing in the movies. You have to admit that you're an addict. I just did that. I'm an addict! And it's time to make a decision. source
This is what I wrote in my post 4 years ago, here. It was a hard decision and difficult days followed, but I'm proud that I had the strength to do it and thankful to myself for sticking to that decision ever since. I've been writing about it each year, so I'm not going to repeat what was said about the process. You can read the whole story here and here.
Long story short, I decided to quit drinking coffee 4 years ago as it started to become harmful for me, I mean I have been harming myself with coffee for years, knowingly. I've been drinking strong espresso 24/7, till I got to the point where it had no effect on me anymore, but the addiction was strong anyway.
I don't think there was one person around me, believing I can do it, but here I am, no coffee for four years, not even decaf. I don't think I've ever had decaf coffee by the way. It's been difficult at the beginning, especially the first few days, but that was all. After that it has become easier.
What I've Learned From It
When I decided it's time to quit drinking coffee, the first thing I did was sit down and try to define what coffee meant to me and what it would mean to not have it at all. I had to realize I have been using coffee to solve every possible problem I had, like sleepiness, tiredness, headache, low blood pressure and so on. These were obviously excuses partly, because after so many years, coffee did not have the desired effect on me anymore, apart from the first 30 minutes max, if I was lucky.
Even though I'm not a drinker, I can see similarities between my case and an alcoholics case, as alcoholics drink when there's something to celebrate, when there's nothing to celebrate, when things are bad, when they need strength, when they need courage and so on. Most likely this is how the human mind works, trying to justify the actions, for the individual to feel better. Food addiction is not any better and I suppose you can find the same pattern with drug addicts too.
Obviously I'm not perfect, but I've never had such a severe addiction like with coffee before, that required so much strength to quit. I mean being sick for 2 days, shivering, being dizzy and all is not something to take lightly and that was when I had to realize how serious this addiction was.
After 4 years I can say I'm never going to lose respect for coffee and I am still stopping at the coffee section of the supermarkets, to admire the offer, or to sniff the coffee smell at the coffee shop. I love the packages, love to see what's new on the market, but that's all. I know if I would drink one cup of coffee, I would feel terrible for ruining my good track record and would not respect myself for breaking my promise.
It Was More Than Just Quitting Drinking Coffee
This experience has helped me recognize the signs of addiction at an early stage. There are hundreds of addictions and those who are saying they are not addicted to anything, are lying. We are all addicted to internet, not to mention Hive (if you're reading this) and I could continue with trading, gaming and so on.
In my opinion one success can help you change your life, get rid of other addictions or deal with another problem. If you can learn from that experience, you can apply what you have learnt in other fields too and find the solution to the problem yourself, rather than rely on someone else. All you need is to be brutally honest with yourself, define the cause, see the evolution, observe your own behavior and it will be easier to find the solution. It's a mind game in my opinion (I'm not a psychologist by the way and have no training in this field at all) and if you have the mental strength to carry out your plan, you can't fail.
Coffee is a widespread drink. You can see from the statistics above which are the addicted countries. I think I need to mention tat a cup of coffee doesn't mean the same thing everywhere. In the US you see those big coffee cups, which are filled with very light, coffee flavored water (no offense), while in other parts of the world you get two or three sips and the brown liquid id so strong that it can make you stay awake for the whole night.
The Funny Thing In All This
I've been dealing with low blood pressure all my life, which is ok, but a couple of times a year it makes me feel dizzy ans weak. This is why my doctor recommended me to drink 2 cups of coffee a day. So I had justification for drinking coffee and could have continued as I was told it helps, which could make one believe you can't live without it.
After I quit and saw there's life after coffee and I can easily live with low blood pressure and without coffee, I asked myself, then why drink it, right?
Since then, ever since I am asked why I don't drink coffee, I tell them the reason I quit. For some unknown reason, people feel the need to justify themselves why they drink coffee and in 99% of the cases I am told they need coffee as they have low blood pressure. This is the part when I start smiling. I never judge anyone, it's their private business and decision. I'm just glad I was able to make the step, learn from it and apply what I learnt where it is needed.
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Congratulations on your self mastery. I think it is healthy to be suspicious of oneself's motivations for things.
Thank you! If you can find the motivation, you can find the solution too.
We are all addicted to something and that's the truth. And when it's hard to quit, we need to motivate ourselves to quit.
That is all true.
It's really tough having to get away from addiction but I'm proud at how much self control you put up to make sure you stopped. Coffee is one good drink but I think when it's taken excessively, it harms the body. I love coffee but I don't take it often.
The only thing I'll say I'm addicted to is my bed and pillow. That's where my addiction is. Lol
That's not a bad addiction but still, laying in bad day in day out can have serious consequences 😂
It's not really day in day out. It's more like a preferred place to be w
if I'm not out there working.
Almost 9 years ago I decided to prove to myself that I am stronger than all my addictions so I quit coffee, smoking and alcohol, all at once.
Coffee was indeed the hardest one, with epic headaches that lasted for months and I was probably drinking less coffee than you, in the first place, so I can understand and respect your effort! Well done 👍
As for mastering all my addictions, you are right, we are all addicted to one or more things and when we defeat one, something else will sneak into our lives :)
Well done and congrats to you too as quitting all 3 in the same time must have been hell.
I hope nothing else will sneak into my life as I don't need other addictions.
I can't imagine you drinking coffee 24/7. And I am just impressed with how disciplined you are to not break your promise to yourself. Happy 4 years! As I always say to my friends, do what makes you think that is going to be good for you.
Being disciplined is the only way honestly. Thank you for the nice wishes. We each deal with our problems in our own way and what works for me may not work for you.
All forms of addiction are bad and harmful. I'm glad that you are free from this addiction, and as you said, admitting that you are addicted is an important step in getting rid of it. I hope everyone can get rid of their addictions. Including me :P
Lol, what kind of addiction you want to get rid of 😃
Indeed we should get rid of our addiction but first we have to want that.
I don't want to tell right now 🤣. I'll tell you if I can get rid of it. Promise you'll be the first one who knows it.
Noting you in my notebook 📓 😂
Oh, I guess now you'll never forget it 😂. I hope I'll give you a status update when I'm free of the addiction.
I was once an addict to carbonated drinks, but I tamed it, I went 1 year without it and now I can actually control my intake. We’ve all had our experiences I guess. Coffee is a good drink but should not be taken excessively. I’m happy u were able to breakthrough your addiction. Thanks for sharing, I learnt some facts about coffee here❤️
Soft drinks are just as bad as sugar ot some other things. I am staying away from those too, I drink one glass or max two per year if I'm visiting people and I'm offered. Otherwise I don't buy any. I hope you can limit your consumption and not get back to old habits 🙂
I’d certainly try. Thanks for your kind advice ❤️
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Has it been 4 years already?? I remember that post!
Yes, 4 years already! Time is flying.
You have a strong will if you still after 4 years can resist that wonderful drink. I love my morning coffee usually it is 10 AM and actually that is me for the whole day. I just enjoy the taste if it but if I do not have it that is also fine. What I find addictive is sweets! I love sweets and sometimes can eat them without eating main meal. But now I am three weeks off sweets and biscuits. I know I will not be able to stop eating them completely but this is till end of Sep. as then we have a birthday event that we are attending so till then I am trying to be good :)
This is the only way to succeed. I had another attempt, which went well till one point, when I said I can have a coffee and never again, then I had another one, then I started the self justifications again and before I knew it, I was back to my old habits again.
I admire you as it's not easy to give up sweets, it's just as a bad addiction as coffee. I hope you succeed though. Stay strong ! :)
I remember your coffee post. I think that's why I followed you. Are you still an addict?? Ha. So I am!
I am still considering myself an addict, even though my last cup of poison was four years ago. Thy say once an addict, always an addict 😇