Have you seen My Strange Addiction?
"Oh. My God.” These are the words you will say approximately 32 times while watching TLC’s hit show My Strange Addiction. I cannot even begin to tell you how crazy, awesome, surprising and insane this show is. If you like to be shocked and awed by the ill fortune of others (if you watch reality television, of course you do), then this is the show for you.
Let’s start with the basics. Each episode follows two people who are addicted to something unusual. It’s not an addiction to the normal stuff like tobacco or caffeine. It’s an addiction to things like eating glass or bleaching your skin.
Each person must confess their addiction to a close friend or family member. They usually see a therapist or medical doctor, who will tell them the harmful effects of what their addiction is doing to their body, or they will try to get to the bottom of why they are addicted. Usually something has happened to them in their past, like their parents’ divorce or even a death in the family. Some, though, are just socially awkward and use their addiction as a way of putting up a wall to keep others out. Sometimes they get better. Most of the time, they don’t.
Last season, the show gave us the story of a woman who ate drywall. There was literally a hole in her living room wall where she had ripped it out and eaten it. The poor woman had no idea what it was doing to her stomach, let alone her teeth. A doctor had to tell her that there were chemicals and fiber glass and who knows what else in drywall that will literally eat her insides. Honestly, I wonder how she could get past the texture of drywall. I can’t stand the way paint on walls feels and this woman is EATING it?
Another woman was addicted to eating rocks (I said it, rocks!) for more than two decades. Many thoughts come to mind while watching this episode. When your teeth are chipping and it’s hard to eat because of your rock addiction – I think it’s time to reevaluate your lifestyle. I don’t know about you, but I remember falling down on the playground in school and gravel getting into my mouth. The chalky, dirty feeling was awful.
The third season of the show started last month. The premiere episode featured a woman who eats nothing but cat food. She even states in the episode that she doesn’t think cat food is harmful for her since it’s alright for cats to eat. Well, number one: You aren’t a cat, lady. Well, you are a Cat Lady (she has three), but that’s another show (have you seen Animal Hoarders?). The story comes out that the woman was divorced a few years before and ever since, has been somewhat “eating her feelings.” I eat my feelings all the time, but usually I choose pizza and ice cream, not cat food.
Check out this clip from TLC.com:
Another victim of addiction was a man who is in a serious and committed relationship...with his car. He’s seen making out with it and even says the two enjoy the same kind of music. I love this episode because of the reaction of the man’s father. When he confesses his relationship to him, his bewildered father asks, “Is this because of the divorce?”
My Strange Addiction covers a shocking subject, but it’s a good reality check for us in the United States. In a society that is prone to addiction, you never think someone could be addicted to something as strange as sucking their thumb or being married to a mannequin. But apparently it happens.
The show airs on TLC on Sunday nights at 9 p.m.
Past highlights include:
- "Ventriloquist/Cat Lady"
- "Hair Puller / Shoe Fanatic"
- "Can't Stop Cleaning / Love Rocks"
- "Make-up Addict / Obsessed with Death"
- "Cycling / Taxidermy"
- "Eating Rocks / Carrying Her Pillow"
- "Carrying Her Husband's Urn"
Do you have a strange addiction? Casting calls are being made in Austin right now. Submissions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jordan Armstrong is a web content producer at KVUE. She holds a degree in Radio, Television and Film from the University of North Texas. Her addiction to television started when she was five years old and wouldn’t stop watching Fraggle Rock. Jordan’s opinions are not a reflection of the views of KVUE.com, KVUE TV, or its parent company Belo Corp. We actually don’t know why we’re letting her have a column.