Living Healthy: Controlling addictions

 Compulsions like over-eating, excessive exercising and even tattooing can become dangerous addictions.

You hear the word addiction, and you think drugs, alcohol or even caffeine.

But there are other fixations people crave.

Exercising is one of them

“They try to push, push, push and your body will completely shut down,” fitness expert Mike Lambdin said.

When staying fit turns into compulsive behavior, that’s when your mindset has been compromised.

“So the attitude of, the more I lift the more reps I do the bigger the stronger I’m going to get, the healthier I’m going to get. And your body won’t work that way,” Lambdin said.

What else can’t people seem to get enough of?

“We have a lot of return clients,” tattoo artist Andrew Burger said.

Tattoos are like potato chips, many people can’t have just one.

“People definitely enjoy their tattoos,” Burger said.

But what happens when chronic addictions become too hard to handle, like compulsive eating.

“A lot of people have an unhealthy relationship with food. they don’t even realize they eat when they are not hungry,” weight management expert Becky Anderson said.

Anderson said people should set a 21 day goal and stick to it.

“Nutrition and exercise are two obvious disciplines but it really is behavior is that third big discipline,” she said.

Not all addictions are negative, just know if you start feeling guilty about your behavior try to switch an addiction back to a simple habit.