Hi! My first post here. Glad to have found this forum. I've been battling sugar addiction for the last 4 years or so. I take care of the rest of my life very well and am in a good place for the most part, but this is one thing that is pretty painful and destructive that I haven't been able to free myself from. I'm getting to understand it better now than I did when I first noticed I had this issue. It seems to me that I turn to sweets to feel more vibrant and full of life. I have a strong need for fun and enjoyment and have latched onto sweet treats because they're the easiest, most accessible, quickest high that temporarily feels like my life is really exciting. I have other exciting hobbies but they I can't do them all the time so I get impatient in between the other fun things I like doing and need a fix of something tasty! I can go for a month without having any sweets but that's about it. And it has to be all or nothing because if I have one, then forget it, I just binge right into many more. How I know it's an addiction is because this behavior has more control over me than I do over it.
Please offer me some thoughts. I just really want to stop doing this. It's hard because society is strange. Celebrations always involve food and sweets! I don't know what I'm supposed to do if my addiction is something that is actually normalized as part of the celebration culture. It seems to suggest "If you're happy, you should eat something tasty."