And you thought some of your addictions were strange… On Wednesday night's "My Strange Addiction" on TLC, we meet a woman who has been eating couch cushions for 20 years, plus a woman who has developed a penchant for wearing fur costumes to social events!
Thirty-year-old Adele has been eating couch cushions ever since she was 10 years old, when her parents divorced. When feelings of stress and anxiety come up, she literally stuffs them back down with couch cushion.
"It makes me sick to eat it, but I'm still eating it," says Adele, despite the health risks. "It really is out of control."
She's eaten over 200 pounds of couch cushion in her lifetime – seven couches and two chairs, and even her mother's shoulder pads – and has issues of blockage in her stomach and upper intestine.
Nineteen-year-old Lauren is obsessed with wearing fake animal ears, masks, paws and tails. She can't imagine going to a party or social event without wearing her fur suit and is completely dedicated to her "fursona," designing and sewing her costumes well into the night, even if it takes priority to finding a job.
"My self-esteem isn't the best," says Lauren. "Normally I'm kind of shy, but [my fursona] lets me bring out my more outgoing and talkative side."
For more compelling insight into addictive behaviors that are dangerous and risky in nature, watch "My Strange Addiction" Wednesday night on TLC.