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Are You An Undercover Addict?

Are You An Undercover Addict?

After graduating college, I went to Europe for a month-long summer study program. Sitting around the big dinner table one of those first nights, a fellow Yank asked one of the European students what they really thought of Americans. He didn’t skip a beat.

“We think you’re fat and spoiled,” he said. None of us had a comeback for that. In comparison to the rest of the world, it’s all too true.

America is the land of the free, home of the brave, and haven for the self-indulgent. We’ve got so much money and resources at our disposal, we don’t know what to do with ourselves. Luxuries other nationalities can only dream of, we take for granted: fresh food, clean water, electricity, spending money, the list goes on and on.

But all that excess appears to have gone to our heads. Literally. America has become a nation of addicts, and we’re not just hooked on drugs and alcohol. Some of the scariest addictions are those that aren’t easy to spot. Tucked away inside our psyches, these diseases grow and fester, ruining relationships and sabotaging our happiness. For many, the first step toward recovery is just admitting the addiction exists. So tell us, what are you addicted to?

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Beth Buczynski

Beth is a freelance writer and editor living in the Rocky Mountain West. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog or check out her blog.

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12:33AM PST on Dec 16, 2013

Thanks

3:32AM PDT on May 17, 2013

Thank you :)

2:02PM PDT on May 16, 2013

Thanks

5:34AM PDT on May 11, 2013

Thank you Beth, for Sharing this!

8:11PM PDT on May 9, 2013

I'm a food addict, for certain and have an addictive personality generally...

3:26AM PDT on May 6, 2013

Very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

2:57AM PDT on May 6, 2013

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8:20PM PDT on May 4, 2013

I think some people have an addiction that centers on bashing the USA.

8:10PM PDT on May 3, 2013

Rosemary G, I don't understand what your comment has to do with anything I said. If you think humans are inherently stupid, how do you recognize intelligence in anybody? What if people refuse to accept your stereotype? It is, after all, just your opinion, and while I agree, there is plenty of evidence to support it, what if stupidity wasn't the problem, but ignorance and lack of experience? Having a powerful desire for life is not at all the same thing as 'being addicted' to substances that interfer with your freedom of choice.I would appreciate more clarity on your comment if you are inclined to share it. Thank you.

1:51PM PDT on May 3, 2013

May I also add, do not come here for handouts! Please do not take what America has!

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