Is Sugar Addiction a “Real” Addiction?

Is Sugar Addiction a “Real” Addiction?


Addiction is a funny word.

Not funny “ha ha” but funny in that it invokes very powerful thoughts and images. Usually not favorable ones either.

There is a movement afoot to change how we speak about the terms addiction, addict and terms like junkie etc.

It will reduce the stigma if we start to speak of addiction as the health issue that it is rather than a moral failing or a question of willpower.

I agree with and support all these efforts.

The problem is until the general public catches up with the new terminology we’re stuck with addiction. (the new term is substance use disorder for those interested)

So what about sugar addiction.

Or its new name: Sugar Use Disorder.(my term)

Is it a “real” addiction?

Here’s how I know it is…

Over the last 32 years, I’ve been in recovery from an addiction to drugs and alcohol. Simple terms = I am an addict.

(for you stigma fighters the new term is “a person in long-term recovery”)

And in that time I have also been sugar-free for like 29 plus years. I honestly don’t know my clean date from sugar.

I’ve also worked with hundreds of addicts to help them quit sugar.  I mean people who had previously admitted to a drug or alcohol issue and are now in recovery and clean and sober.

So these folks have seen both sides of the fence…

And how do they answer this question?

Glad you asked because about ten years in I started asking this very question:

Which was harder to quit – drugs and alcohol or sugar?

To a man and woman, almost 100% said sugar!  Seriously. Now there were a few who said other drugs – but 90+% said sugar!

Crazy huh?

Most had gain tons of weight in recovery.

They stayed off other drugs and alcohol but…

Yup, you guessed it – they turned to sugar.

Our specialty is the folks who’ve tried again and again. Who feel hopeless in the face of this real addiction and just want to change.

If that’s you check out my new video describing our work.

If I could wave a magic wand and give you perfect control over your sugar would you let me? Well, I can’t but WE can do the next best thing. We’re building a movement and we want you to be part of it. Check us out.


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