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Woman Seeks Inpatient Treatment for Coca-Cola Addiction

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FOX: A court has ruled that a woman from Malmo, Sweden, who is addicted to Coca-Cola, will be allowed to seek inpatient treatment for her problem, The Local newspaper of Sweden reported.

The woman, who has been deaf since childhood, has consumed large quantities of the beverage, as well as other sugary foods for many years, according to the report.

The woman's name is being withheld for privacy reasons, but her unhealthy consumption habits have given her a wide range of health problems, including diabetes and high blood pressure.

The woman claims she turned to Coca-Cola because of her handicap, and recently began fighting with public authorities for access to treatment facilities in order to cure her addiction.

Local health authorities and an Administrative Court agreed that the woman has a problem, but said she does not need inpatient care to cure it.

However, an Administrative Court of Appeals ruled the woman's lifestyle is a threat to her health, and is allowing her to check into a clinic for the deaf, where she will receive treatment for her addiction.

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Anonymous January 20, 2009, 1:44 PM

More power to you! When it comes down to it, it doesn’t matter how you deal with the problem, but that you deal with it. If this is what it takes, I say good luck and I hope you get what you need to live your life in a way that makes you happier and healthier.

mrs. mead January 21, 2009, 2:00 PM

this is entirely ridiculous. this is a perfect example of someone not taking responsibility for their own actions. too fat? blame mcdonalds. got health problems? say you’re addicted to coca-cola. People, quit shoving the junk down your gullets. Simple enough.

Angela January 21, 2009, 2:14 PM

I think I fall between both the two comments above. Great, she’s getting the treatment she wants/needs. Sugar and caffeine are both addictive and I totally respect that. But, inpatient treatment is excessive. Intense counseling and addiction help outpatient should be sufficient. Being deaf doesn’t mean you’re unable to make changes in your life. Yeah, it just seems excessive. Good luck to her.

elcheecho January 21, 2009, 2:50 PM

why does she need permission to seek treatment. If she’s using public funds, then i do not approve.

Mickey Blue Eyes January 22, 2009, 11:51 AM

It’s Sweden, elcheecho. There is no such thing as private funds or private health care there. Health care is provided by the government, and, as a result, is rationed.

But it is a great scam, though. Can’t afford to take a vacation to a spa? Claim you’re addicted to something and need inpatient care to cure it. :-)

kjohns10 May 6, 2009, 2:04 PM

This is not ridiculous, I too have the same problem. I have had this problem since I was 15. For all of you “perfect” people, who think some things are not possible, maybe you all have a problem yourselves. Personally I think addiction to sex is ridiculous.

Jennifer May 13, 2009, 6:21 PM

I agree that it is not ridiculous. Those who have had little experience with addiction often fail to realize how incredibly difficult it is to overcome. A person can almost never just stop what they are doing. They have to have immense incentive, coupled with support and guidance toward changing their entire life. And, especially for people who already have some other mental illness, physically preventing access to the object of addiction is necessary for success.

While it may sound unusual that a person can’t just stop using something that is not illegal and that many people use every day, people can become addicted to anything, and soda is a drug that creates physical as well as the more common psychological addiction. It’s not exactly fair to compare addictions - we all have them. Some are more socially recognized than others. And, a task that may be impossible for one person may be very simple for another - we aren’t all affected the same way by the same things.

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