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When One Addiction Replaces Another: The Rob Kardashian Story

posted by sherrygaba

While Rob Kardashian is certainly not the household name of his two sisters Kim and Khloe, he is also not an unknown to those that watch the family reality show “Keeping Up With The Kardashians”.

It wasn’t too long ago that Rob Kardashian was dealing with a very public announcement of an eating disorder, at least by his family. He was very public about his issues with the way that the family talked about his weight gain and, in fact, did not attend Kim Kardashian’s marriage to Kanye West because of comments that were said. In turn, both of his sisters were very public about his consumption of junk food, but the sisters used some questionable pressure tactics and some terrible blame to try to get their brother to change.

While it seems that his weight issue is now under control, another addiction, or perhaps a previously concealed addiction has come to light. He has been accused by the family, and some unnamed friends, of using a variety of prescription medications as well as cough syrup and prescription medication combinations and using marijuana.

The fact is that addiction is addiction and it cannot be treated as you would treat a bad habit or poor behavior. While there is no confirmed addiction with Rob, it is obvious that taunting, teasing and bullying their brother has not helped the situation and, in fact, may have actually created more of a feeling of isolation and separation from the support system that he may so desperately need.

Learning to understand the root of addiction, including food addiction or alcohol and drug addiction, is the first step in actually being able to help somebody. It seems that people on television, especially when their lives are so public, would have the ability to seek professional counseling rather than turning to negativity and blame as incredibly destructive way to try to attempt to provide help.

Sherry Gaba, LCSW, a psychotherapist and life, love, and recovery coach, is featured on Celebrity Rehab on VH1. Sherry is the author of The Law of Sobriety, which uses the Law of Attraction to help people recover from addiction. She offers a 10 week Certification for Psychotherapists, Coaches or for anyone wanting to deepening their understanding of using the law of attraction to recovery from any addiction at wakeuprecovery.com. She is also a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul: Tough Times, Tough People and Conscious Entrepreneurs, and to several e-books: Empowerment Manual: Finding Purpose With Intention, Filling the Empty Heart: 5 Keys to Transforming Love Addiction. The e-books Relapse Prevention and Eliminate Limiting Beliefs can be downloaded free of charge at www.sherrygaba.com. Contact Sherry for webinars, teleseminars, coaching packages, and speaking engagements.



  • Roy Nelson

    It is sad that Rob Kardashian is struggling with many addictions. Sherry’s comments about the transference of addictions is right on. Addictions are only a symptom of deeper causes that must be addressed in order for real healing from all addictions to occur. It’s easy to believe that the addiction is the problem and that the removal of that addiction is the solution, but as most addicts know, getting clean from one addiction only leads to the common substitution of others. Buried emotions such as fear and guilt will drive a person to continue to seek relief via other addictions until they are able to address these hidden causes. I hope that Rob is able to get help for these deeper causes so that he doesn’t have to stay on the merry-go-round of addiction. I wish him all the best.
    -Roy Nelson, Spiritual Healer, Founder of the Nelson Method and Author “Love Notes from Hell” Summer 2014

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