Addictions Start Innocently Enough

Addiction Can Start Innocently Enough
Addiction Can Start Innocently Enough

Anybody out there struggle with addictions?

It would be better if we changed the subject right?

I guess.

(I guess that would be denial)

Want to transform yourself?

Start by overcoming one of your addictions.

By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. I like your tags. If they are in alphabetical order, that’s one thing. If putting Triumph at the end was intentional, good call!

    I would bet most people are addicted to indifference.

    Don’t change the subject. You can never give up.

    How old were you in that picture?

  2. David, the tags post alphabetically.

    1980 I’m guessing, putting me at 21.

    Wow, addicted to indifference. Do you want to take that or should I? Or maybe we both should.

    Also, even if they weren’t in alpha-order, Triumph would still be last. 🙂

    However, triumph is not once and done. Every day a triumph must be accomplished.

    We overcome addiction one day at a time. No more, no less. I know because it’s been 8.5 years.

  3. You look 16.

    Just sayin’ . . . .

    Because of what we face each day, we have to triumph each day. TOTALLY AGREE!!!!!

  4. That looks like the Jeff I remember! You’ve actually aged extremely well, by the way. I quit my three pack a day smoking habit about 28 years ago. Started again VERY briefly a few years ago. Thought I would just have one now and then, and within about 2 weeks I was back to almost 2 packs a day. I cannot even stand the smell of cigarette smoke, and yet if I have one I just keep going. It has to be none for me. Good for you, 8.5 years! YAY! I’m proud of you. I have another good friend who has been sober for 23 years, and one who has hit the 10 year mark.

  5. I don’t know how many years my father smoked. He stopped smoking at 44. He also stopped breathing as well. He hasn’t done either since December 23rd, 1977.

    Addictions suck the life right out of ya.

  6. Lorie, yeah, roughly 3,103 days of, “One day at a time”.

    Three thousand.

    One hundred three.

    More or less.

    Somebody want to do the math? I picked the biggest drinking night in the entire world to quit (for the third time) – December 31, 2001.

    This means December 30 was the final night.

    I guess it had nearly three decades.

    December 31, 2001 was very surreal….

    Congrats on your triumph as well. I hear ya on the whole, “I’ve gone this long, I can now handle a little here and a little there”.


  7. David, what you just said is extremely powerful.

    And I wish it wasn’t.

    The day your Father quit smoking was also the day that he died.

    I’m sorry.

    Thank you David (and Lorie) for your courage to share this for the world to see.

    You know, the more openly you share, the less you have to hide. The less you have to hide, the better you feel.

    Wait, I hope this isn’t a new addiction – honesty.

  8. 21 years and four months! Every now and then I’m tempted when I hear others say “in moderation”, but since I never drank that way I can’t do it. Thanks for sharing this, Jeff. Sometimes being the one NOT drinking is a lonely place. Glad to know we are not alone.

  9. Teresa, I had know earthly idea.
    Your honesty helps me understand the profound power of humility.
    Twenty one years.
    Keep resisting the temptation to think you’ve conquered it once and for all.
    You “tenure” inspires me to keep the streak alive.

  10. I have to clarify, I wasn’t what you would consider an alcoholic, but it does run in my family. My uncle died from liver cancer caused from alcoholism. My dad and brother struggle with it still. I most definitely abused it in my young adult years (I call them my stupid years). At 25, I put off the “old life” and took on a new life in Christ. It’s the best life.

  11. Ok. Good clarification, because unless a person knows the jaws of addiction personally, it’s difficult to understand addiction’s power.

    The whole reason people can’t quit is because it’s an addiction.

    A-d-d-i-c-t-i-o-n. Addiction.

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