Is it Strange that I’m Addicted?


Julia Incorvaia, Staff reporter

The TLC hit My Strange Addiction has the unique quality of grossing you out yet keeping you mesmerized.

My Strange Addiction is an American documentary television series that premiered on TLC on December 29, 2010. This show is aired on Wednesdays 10/9C on TLC. It exposes people who have strange addictions.

It tells the compelling stories of people who are battling obsessive behaviors on the verge of taking over their lives. The show follows these addicts as they reveal their strange addictions and meet with psychological experts.

It amazes me how this show can be utterly disgusting yet completely entertaining at the same time. This show has a way to catch the attention of the audience in the first sentence of each show but simply saying what they are addicted to.

The producers of this show are able to find these people by posting on their website that they are looking for people suffering from a strange addiction who are interested in participating in our program.

They will ask you a series of questions such as “What is the status on your addiction right now?” and “What steps are you taking to curb your addition.” These addictions range from eating specific non-food items to ritualistic daily activities to bizarre personal fixations or beliefs.

Some examples of the “Strange Addictions” include Crystal, who has been eating household cleanser every day since she was twelve, or Josh who eats broken glass and has eaten 100 glasses and 250 light bulbs. One woman has been growing her fingernails for the past 22 years. Her longest nail is 24 inches and growing. Riley lives her life as an adult baby and refuses to grow up. She sleeps in a crib, drinks out of a bottle and even wears diapers 24 hours a day.

The afflictions are fascinating and most of the show is spent showing the people living out their “Strange Addictions” and only in the last few minutes do any therapists appear and make their observations. After all, the aim of the show is entertainment, and that is does well.