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After the Show: Mark

posted: 02/14/13
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Mark is in love with his inflatable toys.
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What is the status of your addiction today?

It has gotten better. I do not rely on my inflatable guys as much as I used to, and I don't spend as much time with them. Now I feel like I love them even more now, because I enjoy the time that we do spend together. Now I see my inflatables as more of a passion and less of a dependency. I don't think I will ever get rid of my inflatables completely. They are apart of who I am. I love anything and everything filled with air. That is just my passion.

How has your life changed since being on the show?

It hasn't changed all that much. I still do most of the things I normally do. Me and Josh have gotten a bit closer. Me and my cousin Matt are still the same. However, I want to try and hang out with him a bit more. I am working on getting a job, and continuing my education. Other than that, I still love my inflatable guys more than ever, even thought I don't spend as much time with them.

Was therapy/ doctor beneficial in helping you cope with your addiction?

I feel that it opened my eyes as to who I really was. It really helped me see why I started depending on my inflatables. It also helped me be more open to people about it. I learned that Having these inflatables to help me cope with my unpleasant childhood is not such a bad thing Also that I don't need to completely get rid of them out of my life. I just needed to find a way of keeping them from taking over my life.

How did being on the show and going to therapy/ doctor help you in terms of dealing with your addiction?

I feel that it opened my eyes as to who I really was. It really helped me see why I started depending on my inflatables. It also helped me be more open to people about it. I learned that Having these inflatables to help me cope with my unpleasant childhood is not such a bad thing Also that I don't need to completely get rid of them out of my life. I just needed to find a way of keeping them from taking over my life.

Currently, what steps are you taking to curb your addiction?

Currently, I am not spending as much time with my inflatable guys, I am spending more time by myself and learning to cope with my troubles in other ways. Like now I usually spend about 3-4 days a week with any one of my inflatables. After that, I usually take 3-4 days off away from them. I am getting used to spending time without them, and learning not to rely on them. So far it has been going well. Now if I have something that is troubling me I will go to one of my friends for help. If none of them are around, then I will go to one of my inflatable guys as a last resort. However, I have been doing pretty good.

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

If you love something that is strange, there is no problem with that. We all have out likes and dislikes. We have a right to pursue happiness, and if what you love makes you happy, then what society thinks about it should not stop you from loving it. Society should not stop you from pursuing happiness. However, if what you love is so out of control to the point that it interferes with your daily life, or you think it could interfere with your daily life, then I suggest talking to someone about it.

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