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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Drinking Human Blood

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A woman named Julia Caples from Pennsylvania has drunk human blood every day for the last 30 years, sometimes drinking up to half a gallon a month. Yes, she’s goth. Why did you have to ask? She claims she’s addicted to it, and it makes her feel alive and keeps her beautiful. On the one hand, that cannot possibly be good for you. On the other hand, she’s probably not anemic. Note: Don’t drink human blood. Prion disease is no joke.



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This addiction is actually a medically recognized addiction with it’s own name – Oniomania. While it’s easy to laugh it up, or laugh at these people, they literally do not have control over their lives and go into crippling debt for shiny things. It can sometimes stem from depression or feelings of inadequacy, and it is treatable. If you’re going into debt for things you want but don’t need, hiding purchases from your family, and feel the “need” to buy something every day, even if it’s online, you may want to consider your true motivations.



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While it’s probably not the WORST addiction to have, an addiction to exercise is still an addiction, and it still has consequences – like continuing to work out despite an injury, obsessing over caloric intake and daily weight, and strain on relationships and schoolwork or job performance. These addicts sometimes work out over 2-3 hours a day, which is a lot of cardio and strain on your body. Some estimates say that up to 10% of high performance runners and body builders are addicted to exercise. While sometimes this stems from a need to be in control, it can all be as simple as an addiction to the “high” we get after intense workouts.



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Yep. A tanning addiction is actually defined, and here it is – someone who lies out in the sun or visits a tanning salon more than eight to ten times a month. You can actually have withdraw symptoms if you stop tanning. But you know what’s worse than withdraw symptoms? Cancer. And also looking like you’re 75 when you’re 40.


Drinking Pee

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A woman in her 50’s who chooses to only be known by her first name, Carrie, drinks her own pee. She also washes her eyes, sinuses, and teeth with her urine. She claims it tastes like water, and she has no intention of stopping.

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