I can drink just one beer and be satisfied.
I can place just one bet and be satisfied.
People all around me can eat just one slice of pizza and be satisfied.
I, however, can not eat one slice of pizza. Tried it a hundred times (literally), and I've never managed to have the willpower.
And there's a parallel there - like the alcoholic can't drink just one beer or the compulsive gambler can't place just one bet, I can't stay in control with the food I eat. There is something that goes on in my brain that makes me into a bit of a crack whore, who must get more more more, screw the costs and consequences.
I'm no expert in addiction treatment, but it seems to me that complete abstention is necessary in order to successfully overcome the addiction.
Anyway, That's the way I see it. I've explained it this way to a few people over the last few days, and the feedback I've gotten has seemed much more appropriate.
By the way, this comic was a bit of a catalyst that got me thinking this way:
|Via Toothpaste For Dinner|
Related: The other blog post