I’ve pretty much been addicted to caffeine in one form or another (Coke, coffee, etc.) since I was about 14 years old. It’s created havoc for me over the years in terms of insomnia and anxiety, but my few attempts to quit have caused me extraordinary migraines. So I’ve more or less been stuck on the stuff.
My autoimmune/chronic illnesses have only magnified matters, as caffeine has been my pick-me-up fix against fatigue (even though the sugar in sodas, for instance, works against me and exacerbates inflammation). My anxiety has been so terrifying lately, though—perhaps from grief—that I think I need to try to quit the caffeine once and for all. I don’t need the anxiety I suffer from to be accelerated anymore. It’s scary.