25 Strange Addictions That Are Shockingly Real

It’s important to remember that addiction is a mental illness. Some of these addictions may make you think that people are just doing this for attention, but people can become addicted to almost anything. Whatever lights up the reward center of the brain is something people can become addicted to.

That’s why many people binge-eat crappy food or drink too much, or…uh…pull hair out of shower drains. It makes their brains make the chemicals for happiness and joy, they associate that weird thing with happiness and joy, and addiction is born. However, that doesn’t mean they aren’t…weird. Here are 25 Strange Addictions That Are Shockingly Real.

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Pulling Hair

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Compulsive hair pulling, or trichotillomania (often shortened to trich) is an impulse control disorder, where people have an overwhelming urge to pull out their hair – from their head, eyelashes, eyebrows, beard, arms, anywhere. People who have this condition experience high levels of anxiety until they pull out some hair. Sometimes people who have Trichotillomania also chew or eat their hair.

19

Receiving Coffee Enemas

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Coffee Enemas are something people can, and do, become addicted to. This can stem from a caffeine addiction as taking it in through your bottom allows it to be absorbed into your body more quickly (which is also why some people stick drugs up there, but those people usually die), OR it could just be because they like having enemas. The Florida couple, Mike and Trina, who made their addiction known nationwide in 2013, spend up to five hours a day with their addiction and don’t even drink coffee. Trina had various gastrointestinal health issues and claimed that coffee enemas are what helped her; she hasn’t been to a doctor since.


18

Playing Video Games

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Yes, despite what your significant other says, video game addiction is real, and it’s probably not what they have if you’re still in a relationship with them. Video game addiction is usually characterized by compulsive game playing, usually of online role playing games, to the detriment of one’s personal and professional life. Those addicted to gaming often start to withdraw from reality and real relationships, instead focusing on online relationships and game achievements. People who are addicted to video games are USUALLY males under the age of 30, but not always. People have died from this because they simply refused to get up from their game and eat or go to the bathroom.

17

Piercings

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Yep, people can become addicted to all kinds of body modifications, not just plastic surgery. Tattoos also fall under this classification. While there isn’t an official name for this disorder, some people just can’t help themselves and get every inch of their body “modified,” and most cultures praise self expression so much that we never question their motivations, or if in SOME instances, it may be unhealthy because it’s considered judgmental.


16

Eating Glass

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Addiction to eating glass has an official clinical name – hyalophagia. People addicted to eating glass often admit to enjoying the attention, but also often sustain serious injuries, as you’d imagine.

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