When we hear the word addiction, we often think of drugs and alcohol. Indeed, these substances contain chemicals that are hard to resist. It drives our bodies toward a one-way street of physical dependence. Studies have shown that addiction is a disease that affects both the mind and the body. This is because it alters the brain chemicals that are associated with motivation and reward. For people fighting addiction, sheer willpower is not enough to break the habit.
A 2018 study showed that addictive behaviors are driven by brain composition and circumstances, which means that a person could become addicted to absolutely anything. Actions are addictive too. Let’s take a look at some of the most bizarre things that people have become addicted to.
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Vampires are known to drink human blood for their sustenance, but there are humans who can be addicted to this as well. One of the popular examples is a character from “My Strange Addiction,” an American documentary television series in 2010. Michelle was 29 years old during the time she started to drink her own blood. Years later, she said she would buy pig’s blood to tide her over, as human blood remains her favorite.
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Ashes of dead people
Ashes, especially of dead people, are probably the last thing people would eat. But that’s not the case with Casie. According to an article by Cheat Sheet, an online site dedicated to providing audiences the information they want in an approachable, entertaining way, Casie was 26 years old during that time she admitted her addiction. It all started when she tasted the ashes of her dead husband as she was moving them to a special urn. She said she even licked the ashes off of her fingers when some of it spilled.
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Drinking urine was one of the ancient medical treatments that people used to believe in. Carrie, 58, is one of those people who believe that urine has medical benefits. She drinks it, sprays it in her nose, and even washes her eyeballs with it. However, there is no scientific evidence that shows urine has benefits. In fact, long-term urine consumption can lead to dehydration and kidney failure.
Many of us are repulsed by dirt. However, some people become addicted to eating dirt, a condition known as geophagy. It was practiced in the past but is now most common among children and pregnant women. According to an article by Best Life, the digital destination for sophisticated men and women, there are several reasons why people eat dirt. This includes hunger relief and supposed nutritional values. A study in the Journal of the Royal Society found that this addiction has been documented in humans as early as 460 BCE.
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Hyalophagia is the term used in describing the addiction to consuming sharp shards of broken glass, which is extremely dangerous. A study in the Indian Journal of Surgery reported that the condition tends to continue even after it leads to surgery.
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While it’s natural to strive for a glistening glow of the skin in the summer months, some people take tanning a bit too far. One of them is Sarah Wilmans, 38. Five days a week, she visits a tanning salon to maintain her “Malibu Barbie-esque” dark skin. The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classifies tanning beds and tanning lamps into the highest cancer risk category. This puts people addicted to tanning at risk of getting cancer.
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There’s nothing wrong with wanting to look good and changing the way you look to feel better. However, it’s harmful if we overdo it, for instance, addiction to plastic surgery caused by body dysmorphic disorder where someone is obsessed with an imperfection. Sometimes, those imperfections are imagined but still, people use plastic surgery to make them perfect.