Diabetes and Addictions

By roshy Latest Reply 2009-04-08 05:58:11 -0500
Started 2009-03-26 15:31:04 -0500

At the moment i am on work placement in a addiction clinic. This addiction clinic mostly deals with clients with severe drug addictions and also alcohol abuse. Most of the clients have turned to these adictions due to their negative life experiences whether its relationship break down, financial difficulty, abuse, or just bad choices made through out life.
Diabetes can cause a lot of emotional and psycological difficulties such as diabetes burn out, depression, stress, sleep deprevation, islation etc
My question is to those of you who have diabetes, has your condition led you to a path of any kind of addiction and has it affected your life enitialy. Your feed back will be very useful to me, im looking for any kind of input and your comments are grately appriciated!

15 replies

roshy 2009-04-08 05:58:11 -0500 Report

Does anyone believe their addiction was caused by their diabetes directly?or do you think your diabetes caused your addiction?

alwaystryin 2009-03-27 12:31:58 -0500 Report

Another topic very near and not so dear, speaking of myself. Addiction(s) of course are medical in many cases, and a matter of the mind.

But are people 'addicted' to Show Dogs? Soda? Ice Cream?
It sometimes comes down to a matter of appearance, or lack thereof.

Sarguillo 2009-03-27 12:19:54 -0500 Report

I am clean with no street drugs for about 15 years now. Depression is a big hit in our community. And by Hit I mean that I think alot of us tend to get hit with the depression bug from time to time. I was hit some time ago and I didnt take care of myself for a few years. I know my brother now tells me that he used to call me every few weeks just to make sure I was still alive. he felt like he couldnt help me with my issues. That sometimes depresses me that I caused him agony. I even now notice at times, I try to zone out of the world. We live life one day at a time.
Hope you are in a position to help others. God bless.

GabbyPA 2009-03-27 07:38:35 -0500 Report

I think by nature we are prone to addictions of many kinds. Even things that are healthy can become unhealthy when our pracitce becomes addictive.

A need for comfort is one of the roots of addiction and when we can't get it, we seek something. I would say that my addiction to food is what made me who I am. I didn't eat because I was hungry, I ate because it gave me pleasure. The taste, texture and availability of it. It is hard to stop because it is something I need every day.

Diabetes has actually helped me overcome a lot of my food issues. I overcame some of it by cold turkey on some food types. That has helped a lot and now that I eat more often, I am fuller and find that food is less appealing...usually. I still have my days and some times it turns into a string of days, but I let my BS do the talking and sometimes it YELLS at me to stop. Much more effective than the scale ever was.

lipsie 2009-03-26 23:50:20 -0500 Report

I can not say that my Diabeties started my addiction problems though it sure did not help matters. I have been clean from crack 4 years this June comming! Umm I am a binge drinker BUT have controled it quite fine in the last few years, I rarely have a drink now. I also am VERY addicted to soda and smoking currently. Sheila

dyanne 2009-03-27 02:12:38 -0500 Report

Congratulations to you !!!! I myself am a food addict so I know how hard it is. You should be very very proud of yourself… great job keep up the good work !!!!!!
God Bless dyanne

dyanne 2009-03-27 02:13:23 -0500 Report

Congratulations to you !!!! I myself am a food addict so I know how hard it is. You should be very very proud of yourself… great job keep up the good work !!!!!!
God Bless dyanne

Anonymous 2009-03-26 22:38:45 -0500 Report

Which came first? Eating disorder or Type II diabetes? I will never know answer to that question. What I do know is the one condition aggravates the other and vice versa and there doesn't seem to be much scientifically based information useful in combating these problems when they co-occur.

2009-03-26 21:53:19 -0500 Report

I can't say that Diabetes had lead me to any addictions. I think Diabetes has made me a healthier person. I eat better, I've stopped smoking (finally), I exercise regularly, I understand things I never did before, so for me Diabetes was really a blessing in disguise. I don't tend to be a sad person and I don't understand depression so I guess I'm just lucky in that respect.


2009-03-26 21:51:42 -0500 Report

I have been clean and sober for 17 years now, and my addiction is what caused my diabetes. If I had not drank my pancreas dead, I MIGHT have ended up getting it later, who knows.

Whenever I want a drink or a pill, and when I have a bad sugar day, I sure think about it, I won't lie, then I think of what it could do to both my life, and my health. It could and probably WOULD destroy it all.

I hold onto my sobriety sometimes each and every minute of the day, I even carry a coin the rehab center gave me when I graduated treatment.

Roisin, you are doing a great service to those who struggle with addictions, I wish I could do what you are doing.


lipsie 2009-03-26 23:45:43 -0500 Report

YOU GO GIRL! Just had to say that! That's a mighty long time, you should be VERY proud! Great job! Sheila

rbergman 2009-03-26 18:33:43 -0500 Report

I personally have not had an addiction problem since becoming diabetic, however have an extremely close family member who's addiction affected my diabetes and my life severely. I am happy to say that addiction ended just over a year ago and things are much better for me (and them) with it no longer part of a daily routine.
I am a smoker which I know is bad for anyone much less a diabetic but at this time it was recommended by 2 doctors to NOT try and quit as it would not be a good idea at this time, I have cut back however. I also LOVE my diet dr. pepper and this certain brand of pre-popped cheese flavored popcorn. Of these smoking cigarettes would probably be considered an addiction and the other 2 just mild addictions. I realize these 3 things aren't necessarily what your asking about but, the first addiction I mentioned though not mine directly did effect my diabetes directly. It was an emotional rollercoaster and eventually anger took over and the stress level was at an unbelievable level, an ultimatum was issued and thankfully that was what it took for this person to do something about their addiction. As I said, it has now been just over a year and without the addiction life is so much better for all involved.

jsd2005 2009-03-26 17:48:21 -0500 Report

Addiction is a life long trouble. You deal with it on a daily basis. Life is tough and not always what you want or expect. I deal with this every day. I get depressed and bored and tend to be a loner. I have trouble making and keeping friends because of my fears.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

batteling type 2
batteling type 2 2009-03-26 16:06:34 -0500 Report

i quess all i can admit to is that i have definatly turned to binge eating more. it is like i KNOW WHAT IS RIGHT AND WRONG. I ALSO KNOW HOW DANGEROUS DIABETIS IS. but … i am ashamed tosay that eating is andhas become my friend late at night. can't … seem to get my act together. i did great the first 9 months. what the hell is wrong with me!!!! whatever your addiction is , get your help and please stick with it and take care of yourself. the only thing i can do is take one meal at a time. you are lucky you can actually get the help you need. good luck to ya

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