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 ourpsyches, these diseases grow and fester, ruining relationships andsabotagingour happiness. For many, the first step toward recovery is just admitting the addiction exists. So tell us, what are you addicted to?

Rogue Addictions - No I Do Not Have a Problem

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Michael A.
Michael A4 years ago


Elena T.
Elena Poensgen4 years ago

Thank you :)

Kayleigh Harter
Kayleigh Harter4 years ago


Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra4 years ago

Thank you Beth, for Sharing this!

Alan Lambert
Alan Lambert4 years ago

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

Laura Saxon
.4 years ago

Very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

Nils Anders Lunde
PlsNoMessage se4 years ago


Sue T.
Susan T4 years ago

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

Mary B.
Mary B4 years ago

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.

Janet B.
Janet B4 years ago

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