The OP obviously does have a problem with it, as do a lot of people.
Calling addiction out for what it is is not being sensationalist. It is being realistic. A wake up call to those who let a substance rule their worlds. Yes, I know that habit and physical addition are two different things. Caffeine qualifies as an addictive substance.
Some people can do an occasional line of blow at a party and not be addicted at all while others turn into coke heads. The substance is addictive. There are variations in the individual's reaction to it. Same with coffee.
What is the harm in the OP trying decaffeinating to see if this is the culprit?
Why are you so adamant that the problem is elsewhere? You are hearing hoofbeats and thinking zebras instead of horses.
You are so oblivious to what the OP is actually saying that I'm astounded.
What has this got to do with coffee? What has this got to do with drinking coffee, stopping drinking coffee, drinking coffee decaffeinated?I wish I woke up energetic instead of needing a lift/boost. Instead I drag and I'm foggy until coffee then I drink it and I'm wired and anxious. I'm tired of the crazy cycle.
She explicitly tells us that she wakes up with
a) No energy.
She then drinks coffee and feels wired and anxious. The problem comes before coffee, in that she feels the need to consume something to take her out of her lethargy. THAT is where the initial problem lies, and has F-all to do with coffee. Hence why I am adamant she looks elsewhere, like why she wakes up feeling like that in the first place. She can cut coffee if she likes, but the core of the problem is not that.
i started a thread a short while ago which is poss a few pages back about caffeine addiction. i actual agree with PB on this one. it is an addictive substance and i will be the first to admit i am an addict. funny thing is i always say i have an addictive personality but i can take or leave alcohol and cigarettes and the more nefarious substances. as in i can binge smoke, social smoke or not have any for months if not years. but caffeine. i struggle to deal with life without. and it's not the hiding behind a cup of coffee and it's not suddenly everything being fine when i have a cup of coffee. i was prob too caffeinated up to ever notice any ups and downs. but more i have a total brain fog now. i cant concentrate, i forget things. my brain is needing to work out how to function without caffeine as it has done it for an incredibly long long time. i am all of 30 days in now. woohoo!!! i am sorta getting the will to live back but i am doping myself up with L-tyrosine which is a precursor to dopamine. i read somewhere about caffeine and dopamine. i still havent got my head around it but it is a huge piece in the puzzle for me. and it is also a cumulative thing, caffeine has slowly become more and more of an addiction as i have gotten older and the way it has effected me has changed.
LOL well i would say it is a very thin veneer of control! it's only i am too obstinate to give in now i have gotten this far and i actual cant see a way i can moderate. still working on the dopamine theory here but i do wonder if caffeine can alter how your dopamine receptors form even? kinda like you're not sposed to smoke weed till you are 18 or some other age as your brain is still developing.Congratulations on taking control of your life back. I think this cumulative effect over the years happens to a lot of people. They were fine with it when they were younger but then it sneaks up on them and does a lot of damage before they realize it.
Interesting theory. I do know that any time any one receptor is hit over and over chronically for years, there is a weakening in the ability of the body to respond properly.
Ex: higher carb advocates keep pointing out that insulin spikes are perfectly normal and not harmful and they are right. It is the chronic, long term elevation of insulin that causes the receptor to malfunction. I read the analogy somewhere about turning on a light switch every day using a hammer. Eventually the switch is going to wear out.
My theory is that the same thing happens with caffeine. You pound the switch on every day and then, as you get older, you need to hit it harder and harder to get the same effect as cracks start to form. Eventually you end up with adrenal fatigue.
I'm sure you'll get over it. Your junkie analogy is retarded though(i.e - underdeveloped).I find using a derogatory word for a developmental disability as an insult to be offensive and juvenile.