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Can Religion Be an Addiction?

We throw the word addiction around too casually sometimes. When a woman claims she is addicted to shoes, or an athlete says running is addictive, are these statements true? The idea of behavioral, or process, addictions is gaining ground in the addiction community. And, yes, it is possible for one’s obsession with buying shoes or …

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From Masturbation to Molestation: ‘Severity Levels’ in Sex Addiction

Two conference room tables have been pushed together to form a more intimate setting for a group to gather. In the room, there is a man who has a history of arrest and termination for public exposure and possessing child pornography. To his right is a woman who is recovering from drugs and alcohol, and …

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‘I’m Not an Addict,’ Says Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

To the citizens of Toronto, Mayor Rob Ford has these re-assuring words: “Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine. But … do I? Am I an addict? No.” The allegations had been floating around for months, but Ford admitted it early in November, claiming he smoked crack about a year ago in a “drunken stupor.” Ford …

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Has Lady Gaga’s Marijuana Habit Damaged Her Brain?

“Lady Gaga says she’s addicted to pot, so be on the lookout in case she starts exhibiting any odd behavior.” — Stephen Colbert A performer who wears raw meat knows how to get attention, so it was no surprise that Lady Gaga would announce this week that she’ll be the first singer in space. What …

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Physicians Warned About ‘Caregiver-Fabricated Illness’ in Kids

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released a report warning healthcare professionals about the dangers of “caregiver-fabricated illness” in children, giving a new name to the condition and emphasizing the harm it can do to kids. As a result of the rarity of the condition, it is often overlooked, and the AAP is urging …

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Rethinking Drinking: Is Your Drinking Pattern Risky? Take the Test

What if alcohol education and addiction prevention weren’t so much about shaming the user or relying on fear and shock factors to force better behavior? What if the conversation could come from a place of understanding, encouragement, and a desire to help people not necessarily become teetotalers, but smarter, more mindful consumers of alcohol? “Rethinking …

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Links Between Mental Health Disorders and Skin Disorders

Skin disorders, also known as dermatological disorders, are a broad-ranging group of conditions that damage the normal health or integrity of one or more layers of your skin. In recent years, mental health professionals have begun to explore the connections between these disorders and a variety of mental health problems. The unofficial name for this …

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Center for Investigative Reporting: As VA Opiate Overdoses Skyrocket, Veterans’ New Enemy Is Addiction

The federal agency entrusted with the health and well-being of America’s military veterans has over-prescribed them with opiates, a pain-killer fix to more complex problems, according to a new report by the Center for Investigative Reporting. The national non-profit news organization found, based on records obtained through the Freedom of Information Act and other data, …

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FDA to Ban Artery-Choking Trans Fat; Many Foods Face Changes

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced steps that would ban trans fat, the unhealthy preservative in processed foods such as chips, crackers and microwave popcorn, effectively ridding it from the American food supply. Eliminating the ingredient, added to extend a product’s shelf life but packing the worst fat for heart health, is expected …

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