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[[caption-width-right:243:The lollipop was a cigarette not too long ago.]]

->''I tried to give up cigarettes. I bought a book on addiction. Apparently, if you're addicted to something, when you give it up you replace it with something else. Like a hobby. So I did a pottery course. [[ColdTurkeysAreEverywhere First day, everyone made ashtrays]].''
-->-- '''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pjrVohm2nE Steve Hughes]]'''

This character [[RecoveredAddict is]] an [[TheAlcoholic alcoholic]] or other addict, but now they're on the wagon. So they take up some other habit to distract them from their cravings. Standard replacement habits include [[MustHaveCaffeine coffee]] or cigarettes (to replace alcohol) and gum or binge-eating (to replace tobacco).

This is TruthInTelevision; a habit becomes routine, and kicking the habit becomes much easier when you form a new routine (e.g., instead of rolling a cigarette, you open a pack of chewing gum). For more serious addictions, this may be even more true: according to some neurological schools of thought, when the brain becomes truly hooked on pleasure-causing chemicals released either due to a physical (e.g., drugs) or emotional (e.g., gambling) stimulus, it becomes virtually impossible to abandon that stimulus without consciously or subconsciously replacing it with another that produces a similar or better result.

Conveniently, such alternative addictions are also often narratively useful, as they allow portraying a character with an addiction that is neither completely crippling nor ''entirely'' an InformedFlaw, and can also provide a justification for treating a GRatedDrug like [[ICantBelieveItsNotHeroin a real one]].

See also OralFixation, for one of the most common ways to kick one of the most common addictions (cigarettes).

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Saito Hajime was [[HistoricalDomainCharacter historically]] a heavy drinker, and the version of him who shows up in ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' is a chain smoker instead, explaining that if he drinks, he becomes AxCrazy.
* Near the end of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', [[HardDrinkingPartyGirl Misato]] seems to quit drinking alcohol [[spoiler:after the death of Kaji]] and instead switches to canned coffee and cigarettes.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* [[ComicBook/IronMan Tony Stark]] was an alcoholic. After he quit, he had to be careful of displacement addiction. He became a {{workaholic}}.
** In ''Iron Man Rapture'', before the mini-series, Tony had quit drinking. After his heart attack, he built himself a new heart and had it implanted. [[spoiler:He became addicted to cyber enhancements]].
** Lately, it seems he's become addicted to [[MustHaveCaffeine coffee]]. In one issue he specifically asked for a gallon-drum with "some kind of intravenous drip".
* In an [[TheEighties eighties]] ''[[ArchieComics Archie]]'' [[VerySpecialEpisode story]] on the dangers of smoking, three teenagers unintentionally create a false fire alarm by chain-smoking in the boys' washroom at school. At the end, they apologize to the principal, Mr. Weatherbee, and inform him that from now on, whenever they have nicotine cravings, they'll chew gum instead.
-->'''Weatherbee:''' Egad! Another habit I don't approve of. Oh, well. You win some, you lose some.
* Parodied in [[http://assets.comics.com/dyn/str_strip/000000000/00000000/0000000/000000/20000/9000/800/29850/29850.full.gif this]] ''F-minus'' strip.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Subverted in ''Film/{{Clerks}}''. Someone comes into the store to accuse the clerks of being "Death-Merchants" for serving people with cigarettes. He tries to convince every smoker to quitting smoking and start buying Chewlie's gum instead. He is then revealed to be a Chewlie's representative, merely out to sell more gum. Everyone gets kicked out of the store, and one smoker buys a pack of cigarettes before leaving.
* ''Film/{{Constantine}}''. Throughout the movie the title character has been chain smoking cigarettes despite being diagnosed with lung cancer. At the end of the movie his cancer is cured and he's shown popping a stick of gum into his mouth to show that he's quitting smoking. What's particularly ironic about this is that, in [[ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}} the comics]], he intentionally tricks Hell into curing his cancer. This is done in such a way that they must make sure he doesn't die for a very long while at least. So he goes right back to chain smoking as soon as his lung cancer's gone, swearing at the devil(s) as he does so.
* In ''Film/LethalWeapon3'', Riggs is trying to quit smoking. Whenever he wants a cigarette, Murtagh gives him a dog biscuit to chew instead. At the end of the film Riggs starts smoking again, claiming to do it to displace his dog biscuit addiction.
* It's not stated outright, but one of the gangsters from OopNorth in the ''Film/LayerCake'' film seems to have a case of this. He's very jittery and has something of a HairTriggerTemper, and he's always sucking on a lollipop.
* Virtually all the vampires in ''Film/{{Daybreakers}}'' smoke like chimneys. Granted, they don't have to worry about getting lung cancer, but given that their blood supply is swiftly running out, it's likely to be this trope at work as well.
* Joey Pardella in ''Film/{{Hackers}}'' attends a court-ordered AA-style addiction support group, supposedly for computer addiction. He claims not to be an addict while smoking Merits and chugging coffee.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Literature/{{Discworld}}:
** The Black Ribboner [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]] (who've [[VegetarianVampire sworn to abstain from drinking human blood]]) all do this. It's implied that they're biologically required to be addicted to ''something''.
*** For Maladict from ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'', it's coffee.
*** For Otto from ''Discworld/TheTruth'', it's ''photography'' (which, given vampiric photosensitivity, has caused many an embarrassing situation).
*** The first-seen and apparently founding member Lady Margolotta claims that what vampires really wanted by drinking blood was power. She turned her addictions to politics.
*** The current head of the Ankh-Morpork chapter of the organization apparently collects bananas and obsessively builds matchstick models.
** Vimes has replaced alcohol with cigars--and, maybe, police work.
* In ''{{Literature/Holes}}'', Mr. Sir is a former cigarette addict, replacing them with the much more benign sunflower seeds. [[spoiler:At the end of the book, he lapses back into smoking again]].
* All of the characters in Creator/DavidFosterWallace's ''InfiniteJest''--particularly the residents of Ennett House Drug and Alcohol Recovery [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment House]] (''[[RunningGag sic]]'')--to some extent, but none so horrifying as [[spoiler:Randy Lenz's evening constitutionals]].
* Brazilian writer Creator/LuisFernandoVerissimo once wrote a comedic text about addictions, specifically smoking (and diets). It ranged from simple replacements ("Gimme candy. Gimme bubblegum. Gimme a pencil to chew. Gimme your nails to bite, mine are over!") to...unorthodox methods:
-->-I quit smoking, Chief.\\
-That's a reason to strangle 17 people?\\
-Didn't know what to do with my hands.
* In the ''Literature/AubreyMaturin'' novels, Dr. Maturin develops a powerful addiction to the (opium-based) tincture of laudanum. After successfully kicking the habit, he finds a perfectly healthy substitute, one he knows to be non-addictive...the coca leaves chewed by the natives of Peru[[note]]The joke is obvious, but counter-intuitively, he's probably just fine. The raw coca leaf is ''vastly'' less potent than refined cocaine, and really isn't considered addictive[[/note]].
* Sherman Alexie loves to have recovering alcoholics/smokers/drug addicts drink soda [[AuthorAppeal for some reason]].
* In ''Literature/TheSavannahReidMysteries'', Dirk starts sucking on cinnamon sticks when he gives up smoking.
* Played with in the ''Literature/GauntsGhosts'' novel ''Traitor General''. While behind enemy lines on the Chaos held planet Gereon, flame-trooper Brostin is unable to indulge himself in smoking. To satisfy his oral cravings, he keeps the unlit lho-stick in his mouth, without lighting it.
* A variant occurs in the ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' stories. Rather than kicking one habit and replacing it with another, Holmes alternates between workaholism and cocaine, depending on whether he has a case to deal with or not. He insists that he's only addicted to mental stimulation, and doesn't need the cocaine when he actually has something to do, but Watson is skeptical of the viability of this coping mechanism. In a later story ("The Missing Three-Quarter"), he mentions that at some unspecified time, he had to wean Holmes off his drug habit and make him cut it out completely, so it's likely Holmes did develop a more serious addiction to cocaine that required Watson's intervention at some point.
* In ''Tropic of Orange'', Buzzworm traded smoking for a portable radio which he ''must'' have in his ears at all times. He spends a few paragraphs wondering if the batteries are any less expensive than the cigs were.
* In the ''Literature/StephaniePlum'' books, Stephanie has a serious thing for cake, and a general fondness for sweets. When she gives up sugar for a while, her libido goes into overdrive. She manages to wear out Morelli, who finds almost any excuse to get it on with her. It gets to the point where he locks himself into his guest bedroom just to get a good night's sleep. He's normally very territorial when it comes to her dealings with Ranger, but, in this instance, he actually suggested that Stephanie avail herself of his rival to "take up the slack".
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In season 1 of ''Series/{{Leverage}}'', Nate is TheAlcoholic. When he quits in season 2, he starts drinking a truly massive amount of coffee. What's more, the other characters fear he is pulling riskier and riskier cons in order to substitute for alcohol, and worry that, if they fail one, he could fall off the wagon again. Ironically, [[spoiler:he starts drinking again to help sell a ShortCon, but once he's started he can't stop]].
* The title character of ''Series/{{Kojak}}'' quits smoking and takes up lollipops. Who loves ya, baby?
* On ''Series/NewsRadio'':
** Bill tries to give up smoking by taking up chewing tobacco.
** Beth claims to chew so much gum because it keeps her from smoking.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Profit}}'' Jim fakes one of these in order to manipulate a wife of a rival into believing that, like her, he is a recovering alcoholic.
* On ''Series/{{House}}'':
** Tritter, the detective in season 3, is always seen chewing nicotine gum. When he first goes to the clinic because he thinks he has an STD, House says his problem was actually caused by dehydration from the nicotine gum.
** House himself does this in Season 6 after checking himself into the loony bin. He gets high-dose ibuprofen (i.e. super-triple-extra-strength Advil) for the leg pain and replaces the psychological effects of the Vicodin with whiskey. For a little while he also tries cooking as an emotional outlet rather than [[DrJerk being an asshole to his patients]]. Cooking works, but he prefers medicine.
* Some count The Count of ''Series/SesameStreet'' as having replaced his blood lust with obsessive counting--although it is by itself a common vampire weakness in mythology.
* DS Ronnie Brooks in ''Series/LawAndOrderUK'' replaces an alcohol addiction with a sugar one and puts on two stone[[note]](28 pounds)[[/note]] of weight.
* One ''Series/MyHero'' episode had George become addicted to pork scratchings. [[CloudCuckoolander Tyler]] recommends substituting bacon-flavored crisps.
* In one episode of ''Series/{{Parenthood}}'', two characters say that even though they quit smoking years ago, they can't quit the nicotine gum.
* When Jeremy Clarkson of ''Series/TopGear'' quits smoking around series 8, he briefly takes up the [[CoolCar Koenigsegg CCX]] as an astronomically expensive substitute.
-->'''Clarkson:''' ''[while testing it on track]'' '''[[BoldInflation WHO NEEDS NICOTINE]]?!!'''
* ''Series/TwinPeaks'': Ben Horne gives up smoking and uses carrots in a place of cigars.
* Fans of ''Series/TheXFiles'' have speculated that Mulder's habit of eating sunflower seeds came from quitting smoking.
** Others speculate that, since he is addicted to porn, he is simply displacing ''that'' addiction while he's on the job.
* On ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', Sylar meets his biological father who, like himself, was driven by a HorrorHunger to seek out other superpowered people and [[TheAssimilator steal their powers]], but who has since given it up. His father tells him that if he wants to quit, too, he should find "something to keep your hands busy," and this is why he became a taxidermist.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 4| A Promise Unforgotten}}'', [[VegetarianVampire Valvatorez]] has replaced his need for human blood with sardines. While it doesn't provide any of the benefits of drinking human blood (he's gone through a rather massive {{Depower}} since he's stopped), he's at least not dealing with [[WarmBloodbagsAreEverywhere the warm bloodbags issue]].
* Loosely implied in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' in the scene where the protagonist Leon first meets his HandsomeLech ally, Luis Sera. Luis asks Leon if he's got a smoke, to which Leon replies "Got gum."
* In ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiStrangeJourney'', when you meet Hariti, she rhapsodizes about how she no longer needs to eat human flesh. Talk to another demon nearby, however, and he tells you that she gets a little weird on full moons. Turns out that she's taken to eaten pomegranates instead, and there's a side quest where you have to fetch one for her.
* Played with in ''Warcraft'' lore: High Elves have been addicted to magic for at least 10,000 years. Their addiction hasn't changed too much, but since the Sunwell was destroyed in ''Warcraft 3'', the Blood Elves (who had a complete reliance on the Sunwell) had to find a new source to channel their magical power or suffer from a debilitating withdrawal. They did this by absorbing magic from creatures, getting them addicted to Fel energy instead of Arcane energy.
** The few remaining High Elves have long since learned to replace their reliance on the Sunwell with meditation, or being within range of a Night Elf Moonwell, playing this trope a little straighter.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Multiplex}}'', Jason developed a really bad case of addiction to caffeine. [[http://www.multiplexcomic.com/strip/440 A co-worker of his told him about how she was addicted to coffee and it got so bad that she had quit the movie theater and worked as a coffee server. She managed to quit by smoking weed]].
* Webcomic/DominicDeegan had been "cured" of his smoking problem by his brother's white magic. He then became addicted to Mavple Candy.
* Stacie Hardy from ''Webcomic/OriginalLife'' traded her cigarettes in for [[BaconAddiction bacon]].
* There was an arc of ''Webcomic/{{Starslip}}'' where Cutter Edgewise was forced to give up drinking. He took up smoking--several cigarettes and a cigar stuffed into a pipe. Eventually, he was allowed to go back to alcohol.
* ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}:'' [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2010/comic/book-12/03-minorities-report/sesamestreet/ How Ethan's mom got him to stop playing]] with ''Series/SesameStreet'' toys.
* James in ''Webcomic/{{Roommates}}'' stays sober and generally resists DrowningHisSorrows by [[http://asherhyder.deviantart.com/art/Roommates-437-TV-Therapy-466267008 watching television]] instead.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Johnny from ''Literature/ShadowOfTheTemplar'' swapped cigarettes for flavored toothpicks.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* One {{Anvilicious}} episode of the ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'' animated series has Cruella de Vil attempt to quit smoking, and move in with Anita until she can. When she finally kicks the habit, she takes up gum chewing, and the episode ends with Cruella moving back in with Anita until she can quit chewing gum.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', Peter swears to quit drinking. The next scene opens with him lighting a crack pipe.
* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' has a few G-rated examples.
** The Chocolate Boy does this to his [[GRatedDrug chocolate addiction]], turning it into a radish addiction.
** Implied with Miriam when she becomes the Beeper Queen. She dumps her "[[FrothyMugsOfWater smoothies]]" and picks up her life, only to become a workaholic.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'': In one episode, Stimpy overcomes his addiction to TV...by becoming a gambling addict.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Barney switches from drinking beer to drinking coffee. Then Moe opens an espresso stand...
** When Marge goes into drug rehab for her alcoholism, she notes that ''everyone'' there just switches addictions.
--->"The smokers are drinking, the drinkers are smoking, and the gamblers are having sex with AnythingThatMoves."
** To get Homer to stop drinking and overeating, Marge tries to get him addicted on bell peppers.
** In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie'', Springfield falls into chaos after the coffee pot at AA gets smashed.
** In another episode, Krusty starts using nicotine patches to displace his cigarette smoking, but instead ends up addicted to the patches.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', Dale tries to quit smoking and replaces that habit with chewing tobacco. He later quits chewing tobacco and decides to simply inhale the tobacco leaves' aroma instead. Finally, he gives up and goes back to smoking.
** More specifically (and hilariously), he loads his chewing tobacco into a paper tube and inhales the aroma, then someone lights it and he declares it a "marvelous new invention."
* On ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', Kenny eventually stops getting high on cat urine...and gets high by sniffing flowers.
** ''South Park'' goes farther to say that Alcoholics Anonymous is this in one episode. And you're powerless against the addiction. (This is actually a heavily-debated topic--numerous people have compared AA to a cult in RealLife.)
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* There's a fairly common phrase: "Nature abhors a vacuum." It's recommended for people trying to kick an addiction to replace it with a "healthy" addiction, such as exercise, learning some type of art form (art, music) or developing a craft (knitting).
* Nicotine:
** UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan smoked when he was younger. Later in life, he decided to give it up and ate jelly beans every time he wanted a smoke. He managed to successfully kick his tobacco habit, and the jelly beans became his TrademarkFavoriteFood.
** Creator/LiamNeeson started playing with toothpicks as a replacement for smoking, which has almost grown into an obsession according to his fellow cast members.
** Smokers sometimes switch to chew/snuff. Nicotine gum is intended to mentally disassociate nicotine from smoking, reassociate it with chewing gum, then wean people off onto normal chewing gum. Unsurprisingly, many people just stay addicted to the gum, switch to chew/snuff, or combine smoking with one or more of the above.
*** Creator/JKRowling was experiencing stress in the middle of writing ''Literature/HarryPotter'' while on chewing gum, and ended up smoking again on top of her gum. Thankfully she managed to wean off ''those'' addictions later...onto ''VideoGame/{{Minesweeper}}''.
*** Creator/JohnGreen switched from cigarettes to nicotine gum in his twenties, and was ecstatic that he could get his nicotine fix without worrying about cancer. By the time he decided to quit nicotine altogether, he was chewing the equivalent of four packs of cigarettes a day.
** An unintended side effect of smoking cessation campaigns is that people are eating when they would otherwise be smoking, leading to a rise in obesity, making one particular cigarette ad from the [=1920s=] telling women to reach for a cigarette instead of candy a FunnyAneurysmMoment. [[spoiler:Many snack food companies also sell cigarettes]].
*** Part of it is also that cigarettes are a hunger suppressant, leading to a loss in weight. So, regardless of any conscious change in eating habits, people quitting smoking can gain weight. The reduction in smoking across much of the developed world has been speculated to be one of the many causes of rising obesity rates.
* Alcohol/drugs:
** Music/AliceCooper replaced alcohol with golf.
** Creator/RobertDowneyJr became an avid kung fu practitioner after kicking drugs and alcohol.
** UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush successfully dropped drugs and alcohol. Instead, he picked up exercise and religion. Also, at some point, his wife said, "It's the booze or me." He chose her.
** In a 2012 interview with ''Runner's World'', Music/DeathCabForCutie frontman Ben Gibbard said that his first day without alcohol was his first day running. His appearance has changed dramatically as a result.
** After giving up alcohol, cocaine and heroin, [[Music/NineInchNails Trent Reznor]] went from rail-thin to ultra buff by replacing his drug habit with weightlifting.
* One for another:
** If you go to a NA or AA meeting or something like that, expect a lot of the people to be smokers, which can be hell if you decide to kick ''that'' habit. (Though many of them were smokers ''before'' they tried to quit their other addiction, at which point it doesn't really fit the trope.) Also expect to see [[MustHaveCaffeine lots and lots of coffee, or diet sodas]].
*** The fun part is that there's probably a Caffeine Addicts Anonymous down the hall.
** There's a new kind of Monster Energy drink called "Rehab". No prizes for guessing the target market for that.
** According to Creator/KevinSmith, once Jason Mewes finally kicked heroin for good, he started drinking tons of Red Bull. As do most of his support group, which led Smith to muse that they should actually market the stuff to recovering addicts. Smith himself wound up switching from smoking cigarettes to smoking pot.
** The recovering alcoholic or drug addict who "found religion"--and subsequently became obsessed with their new faith--is incredibly common in both fiction ''and'' RealLife. Many cults will go after people who are recovering addicts (or in [[http://www.cracked.com/article/85_6-bullshit-facts-about-psychology-that-everyone-believes/ other difficult spots in life where their critical reasoning skills aren't up to their usual speed]]) for exactly this reason.
*** The flip side of this is that people who leave religions that shun alcohol and drugs will sometimes get hooked on them because of the bad combination of curiosity about the substances and lack of experience with them (and thus not knowing how to use them in moderation).
** According to Pattie Boyd's book, Music/EricClapton kicked his heroin habit by becoming an alcoholic. It took at least another 10 years for him to kick ''that'' addiction.
** Heroin was originally marketed as a means to treat morphine addictions. [[GoneHorriblyWrong The body simply metabolizes heroin into morphine]]. Since heroin gets into the brain faster than morphine and is converted right there, the high is more intense. This has recurred throughout the history of opiate development for some time. Every time someone creates a new opiate, it turns out that it's just as or more addictive and powerful than the last one.
*** From ''Film/AnnieHall'': "I used to be a heroin addict, now I'm a methadone addict."
** Creator/CraigFerguson replaced alcohol with cigarettes, and later cigarettes with fancy coffee drinks. He often comments on his Starbucks habit.
** If you go to enough [Substance] Anonymous meetings, you'll find one or more people whose lives revolve around their [Whatever] Anon groups. They have actually gotten addicted to...addiction support groups.
* Obsessive people will always have some sort of obsession. Once they're over, say, washing their hands every five minutes, they'll almost immediately move on to rearranging their desk whenever someone touches it.
** Humorist David Sedaris experienced this firsthand. As a boy, he had many obsessive-compulsive tics. During college, he became a smoker, and smoking eventually came to [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop replace his tics]].
* A common tactic to treat heroin and other opiates addicts is to get them addicted to methadone. Going cold turkey on opiates is horrible and can lead to death from the withdrawal symptoms. (Music/AmyWinehouse died because she decided to go cold turkey on all of her addictions. The shock from that was enough to kill her since she already was unhealthy from the drugs.) The methadone is given in highly-regulated doses that are slowly decreased.
* Social media. How many people have given up Website/{{Facebook}}, only to move to Website/{{Tumblr}}, or Website/{{Twitter}}, or...
** Hard-Core gamers will often move from one extremely immersive gaming experience to another, especially with the MMORPG genre. Most noticeable when a number of people managed to kick their habit for ''Everquest''.... by getting addicted to ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' instead.
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