5 Hours Without Coffee

Coffee WithdrawalHi, I am Adam and I am a coffee addict.

The first step to recovery is admitting that you have a problem.

On an average day I drink about 32-48 oz of dark roast coffee. Yup, I drink more hot, steam and delicious black coffee than more people drink water per day. My love of coffee is rooted deep inside me. When I think of my childhood memories of spending early mornings with my father and grandfather, we ALWAYS had coffee and breakfast before the sun was had risen. Every night after family dinner, my parents would make a pot of coffee and then continue to sit at the dinner table drinking coffee and talking about their days.

My love of coffee really took off when I was living and working in Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina. Most days were started by 5:30am and no one functioned without a healthy dose of Community Coffee. I learned to drink my coffee super hot, super dark and without any sugar or cream.

For the last 5 or so years, my coffee addiction as ran rapid. People go on vacation and they bring me back coffee. Friends family from Texas visits Michigan and they bring me 4 lbs of Community Coffee so I no longer have to mail order it.

Ever so often my coffee drinking gets out of hand. Then the worst thing has to happen – I have to cut down on my coffee intake and live with a throbbing headache for a week.

I have reached my tipping point once again. The fact that on Saturday I only drank 1 ½ mugs of coffee and by early afternoon I had a headache, I knew I had to take charge of the coffee problem.

Sunday started off like any other day but one thing was missing- my coffee. I decided I would go cold turkey. No coffee for 1 week.

Then by 12pm I had a throbbing headache and was determined to push through. Then something hit me. Why was I doing this? Why couldn’t I simply just enjoy one or two cups of coffee and be ok?

Life is too short not to enjoy the simple things in life.

I quickly trotted over to the Keurig at work and made myself one delicious cup of coffee and considered it my personal feat that I made it 5 hours of being awake without drinking coffee.

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