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tips and tricks to get over a caffine addiction (tw. mentions of eating disorders)

I developed a caffeine addiction in  2020 when I started drinking coffee every day, and had enough money to start buying energy drinks. I felt like it helped with my anxiety, and I was yet to be diagnosed with ADHD, and given the medication I needed, people with ADHD will often use caffeine as a way to self-medicate. It was also something I used for comfort, and a way to not feel hungry in the worst of my eating disorder (I'm doing better now).

That being said, I haven't gone a day in about three years without starting my day with coffee or an energy drink, and it's starting to affect my body. At this point in my life, I usually have coffee and a soda every day, there was a point where I was drinking 3-6 cups of coffee a day on an empty stomach, and adding a diet soda on top of that. 

I would like to be able to go a day without having caffeine or getting a bad headache, and giving in. 

Thank you for reading my rant, any advice would be much appriciated. 



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Reply by arlo atomickk

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I think it would be best to try to slowly switch to intaking decaf. You could probs do this by first alternating between decaf and regular coffee, then slowly change to more decaf and taper off of regular coffee. 

For energy drinks i'd recommend choosing alternatives like decaffeinated energy drinks or just sodas with small amounts of caffiene (like coke or pepsi or something)

Ur best bet is to gradually reduce your caffeine consumption over a few weeks.

If you find a craving for some, id say chewing gum could help with that because no one likes drinking stuff (especially coffee) after a mouthful of mint. It might also help with like the oral fixation of constantly wanting to drink something (if that makes sense)

Lmk if any of this helps! 


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