Be very careful with the word “addiction.” It’s a title, but it can also be a trap. It can be used to describe a problem, but it could also create one.
I prefer the word “dependency,” because it’s less scary. Just the sound of the word “addiction” sounds so negative and offensive that it takes positive energy away from solving the problem.
Some with substance abuse problems may feel as if they’re without hope when they think of themselves as addicts rather than as people with dependencies that they have the power to break.
You will have to surrender and surrender over and over again throughout your life. Especially if you feel tempted to relapse. We surrender by saying, “I am ready to let you go now. This thing I'm doing is causing me problems. When I let you go I will be liberated and I will feel happy.” (Note: That language is my own; you can come up with another phrase that better suits you if you wish, as long as you are sincerely expressing the same thought and intent.)
Processed sugar is extremely addictive. This type of sugar is different from the sugar that is naturally found in fruits and starchy vegetables. Natural sugar is not concentrated, and it relates to your chemistry in a way that makes your body feel satisfied. You may crave fruit, but the craving will not be overwhelming. The craving for processed sugar can be extremely overwhelming, though.
When it is in a concentrated form, protein is addictive as well. The body needs protein, but not a great deal of it. In flesh foods, protein is concentrated to a degree that is beyond what is needed by the body. For that reason, plant foods are a preferable source of protein.