Health Issues

After the Show: Alicia

posted: 02/21/12
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Did seeing a doctor help convince Alicia to curb her addiction to smelling mothballs?
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What is the status of your addiction today?

I quit for a while, but I'm back to smelling mothballs. I don't keep them around the house as much though because of my kids. However, I always carry my sock filled with mothballs in my purse.

Has your life changed since being on the show?

There is a lot more attention on my love for mothballs now, of course. Most of the attention is good, and I have people begging me to stop because they think I'm puting my health in danger.

Was therapy beneficial in helping you cope with your addiction?

I honestly do not feel that I need a doctor or a therapist. I am open to suggestions and willing to try new things that can add to my life in a positive way. However, I do not believe that there is anything wrong with me loving the scent of mothballs. It's just an unusual preference. I do understand that most things done at an extreme level are not good for you -- that's why I've stopped putting mothballs all over my place and I don't smell them everyday anymore. I will always love the smell though ... always!

How did being on the show help you deal with your addiction?

My craving for the smell of mothballs has not changed at all, but being on the show planted the health concern in my head which has helped me to cut down significantly.

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Did seeing a doctor help convince Alicia to curb her addiction to smelling mothballs?
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What steps are you taking to curb your addiction?

I do not keep mothballs all around my house like I did before. I still have my crushed mothball-filled sock though. That's the hardest item to part ways with. For the most part, it stays in a drawer where I can't smell it, but knowing it's there gives me comfort.

Have you continued treatment for your addiction?

I haven't sought treatment because I do not feel that my extreme love for the smell of mothballs is a problem.

Do you have any words of advice for people dealing with addiction?

I truly believe that people should do whatever makes them happy as long as they are not hurting anyone. Don't worry about the opinions of others, but do make sure that you are in control of your own actions. If not, it is an addiction and there may be deeper issues that you need to address to feel better.

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