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After the Show: Andrea

posted: 02/21/12
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Andrea has been eating adhesive tape for nine years, going through over 200 feet of tape each day. Has she gotten her obsession under control since being on the show?
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What is the status of your addiction today?

I want to say I've completely quit, but that's not true. I stopped for a while, but I've started eating tape again. I don't do it as much as I used to, but I find myself grabbing a piece or two every now and then. But it's definitely way less than I used to. Knowing eating tape could have dangerous effects on my health made me stop ... for a while.

Has your life changed since being on the show?

I try to stay out of the office at home. I only go in there when I have to, because otherwise I would be too tempted.

Also, I started chewing gum until I realized I was using it as a substitute for the tape. I went to see my doctor and he said I should get evaluated for OCD.

Was therapy beneficial in helping you cope with your addiction?

Yes. Before therapy, I didn't think I had a serious problem. After seeing the doctor, I realized I did. Now, I'm actively seeking help.

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Andrea has been eating adhesive tape for nine years, going through over 200 feet of tape each day. Has she gotten her obsession under control since being on the show?
DCL

What does your mom think about your change?

She's happy that I've decided to stop. She's excited there is no tape around the house. She laid out an ultimatum: Stop chewing or move out of the house. It feels like we're having a fresh start.

Now that I've stopped, I feel a lot more energetic. I'm running a lot more, going to the gym, and doing more events. My personality feels different, too: Now, I'm more outspoken when I meet new people.

Has your relationship with Brendon changed at all?

He's doing fine. Brendon and I -- we talk a little bit more now. He's very supportive.

Have you continued treatment for your addiction?

I have an appointment with a counselor to see how severe my addiction is and work through whatever underlying causes there might be.

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

Be open to other people's opinions.

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