No, caffeine isn’t like being addicted to heroin or cocaine. In some ways, it’s worse. Let me tell you something about my caffeine addiction…
When I was in my first year of college, I lived off caffeine pills and energy drinks. It got to the point where I wasn’t eating solid food any more, because I couldn’t keep it in my stomach. I lost disconcerting amounts of weight. I slept for maybe two hours a night. And I crashed at odd times during the day.
Then I took another caffeine pill, or grabbed another energy drink. Because, hey, school and work and family wait for no naps.
Eventually I realized that I had a problem.
But when I stopped with the caffeine, I got massively intense migraines that made me want to die. And I still couldn’t eat much. It took me almost half a year of allotting myself a little caffeine every day to stave off the headaches, and then a little caffeine every other day before I finally got over the withdrawal symptoms.
Now I have to be careful not to fall down that hole again. Because it’s so easy to get addicted to caffeine — it’s an “acceptable” drug. It’s one you can get in any grocery store or gas station. And because there really isn’t anything out there to help people understand that, even if it is legal, caffeine is still a kind of drug!
But remembering how much getting through withdrawal sucked the first time, and how many times I had to backslide before I finally did it, helps keep me from getting hooked like that again.
How do you or did you battle caffeine addiction?