Addiction: Is There Anybody Who Can Help?

Perry ArnoldSenior Analyst IJanuary 18, 2017

William Shakespeare first used the term addiction in the first act of Henry V.

Addiction has been described as an obsession, compulsion or excessive dependence, either physical or psychological. In medical terminology it is also described as something on which one relies for normal functioning.

It can also be applied to behaviors that are not recognized by the medical community and to recurring compulsions.

I need help! I'm an addict. Where do I sign up for the 12 Step Program? Is there anybody out there who can be my buddy as I try to whip this thing? Please let me know.

I have had other addictions. For much of my life I was addicted to Oreos. I especially enjoyed them with cold milk, but eventually it was so bad that I would eat them with iced tea, a Pepsi or even just by themselves, dry and almost choking, but I could not leave them alone.

I must admit that I have also been addicted to the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, waiting impatiently by the mailbox in February knowing that it should be coming any day now and hoping beyond hope that Marissa Miller would be featured again. Cold sweat was a prominent side effect of this particular compulsion of mine.

But now, it is different.

I am hooked on Bleacher Report.

Have to have it, not just every day, but several times every day.

Please, somebody out there, help me. I don't think cold turkey will work, but I'll take any advice you can give me. I really need help.