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    1. 5 Ways to Celebrate Without Alcohol

      By Sara Cheshire Promotion. Engagement. Holiday. Survived a Monday. No matter what you're celebrating, it seems like the perfect time to reach for bubbly, pour some wine, splash bourbon on the rocks or sip a martini from a fancy glass. Hey, there's nothing wrong with enjoying a little of the cheer (

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    2. Do You Have an Addictive Personality?

      Whether it pops up in an article about a celebrity who can’t seem to kick his drug habit, or your friend uses it as a joking excuse why she can’t tear herself away from the game Candy Crush, the phrase “addictive personality” gets tossed around a lot these days. The basic idea: While most people can

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    3. Prescription Drug Abuse: Who Gets Addicted?

      Jason first became addicted to prescription pills when he was a teen, after a doctor prescribed a powerful drug to treat his migraine headaches. "It took care of the migraine, but I found myself taking [the painkillers] even when I didn't have the migraine, because I just enjoyed that euphoric numbn

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    4. Are You a High-Functioning Alcoholic?

      The classic picture of an alcoholic is someone who always drinks too much too often and whose life is falling apart because of it. But not all problem drinking fits that mold. Some people seem to be just fine while they abuse alcohol. Experts call these people “functional alcoholics” or “high-functi

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    5. Going to Rehab

      If you can’t stop using alcohol or drugs, even when your use harms your health, job, or family, you may need to go to rehab. That’s the common name for a drug rehabilitation center. It can be part of a hospital, or it can be a single facility, that offers intense care for addiction. Doctors, nurses,

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    6. Life After Rehab

      You’ve seen it in the tabloids: The celebrity with a history of drug or alcohol problems checks back into a treatment center -- or loses their life because of addiction. We shake our heads and wonder what went wrong. Here’s the thing: Relapse is a common part of the ongoing recovery process. Just li

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    7. Adult Children of Alcoholics

      If you grew up with a parent who had a drinking problem, you probably hoped everything would be OK once you moved out. But chances are, things haven’t gone as smoothly as you’d wished. And you’re not alone. Being raised by an alcoholic can create issues that last a lifetime, says Patricia O'Gorman,

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    8. 'Bath Salts' Drug Trend: Expert Q&A

      "Ivory Wave," "Purple Wave," Vanilla Sky," and "Bliss" are among the many street names of so-called designer drugs known as “bath salts,” which have sparked thousands of calls to poison centers across the U.S. These drugs contain synthetic chemicals that are similar to amphetamines. Some, but not al

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    9. The Truth About Toxicology Tests

      On television crime shows, the results of toxicology tests are spewed out at warp speed, sometimes available even before the autopsy is complete. In real life, toxicology test results take much longer. "Some of the tests take days, weeks, months," says Alan Hall, MD, a board-certified toxicologist a

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    10. 12 Health Risks of Chronic Heavy Drinking

      It's no secret that alcohol consumption can cause major health problems, including cirrhosis of the liver and injuries sustained in automobile accidents. But if you think liver disease and car crashes are the only health risks posed by drinking, think again: Researchers have linked alcohol consumpti

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