Chocoholic junkie Luana Tyne says she expects her addiction to go into overdrive this Easter, which is why she’s asking for help.
The 48-year-old Melbourne mother regularly eats a pack of Tim Tams and two to three family blocks of chocolate a day.
He also likes a bucket of M&Ms, a bowl of Malteser, and Ferrero Rochers.
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Now that it’s Easter, the chocolate eggs in his cupboard aren’t helping his addiction.
Chocoholic says so far, it’s been easy to hide his habit.
“It’s socially acceptable. You can do it at work, you can do it in the car and no one looks at you twice,” Tyne said. A Current Affairs.
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But he says it ruined his life.
“It’s out of control, it’s an addiction,” Tyne told A Current Affair reporter Brady Halls in tears.
Until recently, Ms Tyne kept her addiction hidden from her family.
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“I would normally take some out to share with family or visitors, but I have plenty of hiding places I use for my stash,” he says.
The mother revealed that she hid chocolates in her drawer, in her CD pile, with the TV remote and under her bed.
“And my family saw how much I ate. I had a place to hide the trash,” he said.
“I don’t know how it got this bad.”
Ms Tyne’s daughter, Addison, said she often caught her mother in the middle of the night “sitting there eating chocolate” and said sometimes she also received emergency calls from her mother.
“(I was going) out with friends and he said, ‘Can you buy me some chocolate on the way home?'” Addison said.
Ms Tyne says chocolate used to make her feel good, but now it’s just a bad habit.
“I just keep eating it and not getting any benefit from it, doesn’t mean I keep feeling better, or keep feeling happier,” she says.
The mother said that she used to be thin and had no health problems, but now she suffers from joint pain.
“Chocolate burns my joints and makes them worse,” she says.
Tyne said he also wasted “a lot of money” on chocolate.
“You feel weak and I am strong in many areas…not just this,” Tyne said.
Hypnotherapist and habit breaker Mark Stephens says he believes his addiction can be solved and he claims after a 15-20 minute appointment, Ms Tyne will never want to touch a piece of chocolate again.
“It’s a cure for him,” Stephens said.
“They keep looking for that pleasure, ‘I’ll eat a little, one won’t hurt’, but they never stop at one and they just keep eating.”
Mr Stephens has treated hundreds of addicted eaters and after meeting Ms Tyne he started working on his subconscious mind.
The turnaround after her treatment seemed very swift, with Ms Tyne saying afterwards that the chocolate now made her feel “terrible”.
“I only see the damage now, I see what’s happening to me clearly now,” he said.
“I don’t want to see it. I’m angry with myself now for what has been done to me.
“This has changed my life.”
Ms Tyne has now dropped off all the chocolate she keeps at home to the nearest nursing home. Since Current Affair filming the story, Ms Tyne said she had not eaten chocolate for the first time in years.
Mr Stephens says he doesn’t expect him to return to a habit anytime soon, either.
“This is a permanent fix; he will never eat chocolate again,” she said.
Mr Stephens has just written a book about bad habits to try and help others like Ms Tyne.
For more information on how he did it, with the help of Mr Stephens, visit here.
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