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  1. When You Don't Drink But Your Friends Do

    There's no graceful way out: Your best friend's getting married. Your boss says the holiday party is mandatory. Your mom expects you to play Santa on Christmas, like always. But now that you're sober, you're nervous about social functions where everyone will be drinking and expecting you to follow s

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  2. Prescription Drug Abuse: Who Gets Addicted and Why?

    No one decides to get addicted to prescription pain pills. Alienating family and friends, failing at work, and launching a small-time criminal career aren't what anyone plans on when they swallow their first Vicodin. One in five Americans report misusing a prescription drug at least once in their li

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  3. Do Celebrity Rehabs Work?

    Amy Winehouse may diss addiction recovery centers (she sings “no, no, no!” in her hit song “Rehab,” after all). But the beehive-tressed crooner did check in to one just two weeks before the tune helped her win four Grammys this past February. She surely saw other VIPs there. Boldfacers have been sli

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  4. Fighting Alcoholism With Medications

    There is no magic pill or one-size-fits-all treatment that can banish an alcoholic's need or desire to drink. But a handful of FDA-approved medications, when used in combination with psychological and social interventions such as 12-step programs, can help a significant number of alcohol-dependent p

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  5. How I Learned to Stop Hating My Mother

    By Gretchen Voss "What about me?" I spat at my mother as she sat frail and broken in a wheelchair, her legs too wasted to carry her emaciated body. It was Christmas of 1999, and my father, two brothers, and I were at a family-counseling session during my mother's second — though not her last — stint

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  6. Addiction: Life in a Bottle

    As an aspiring novelist in his early 20s, Carl (not his real name) equated the glamorous life of writing with boozing. "Faulkner, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and more contemporary writers were known as big boozers. If it was good for them, why can't it be good for me?" he thought. But he didn't get the r

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  7. Rehab's Role in Treating Addiction

    Hardly a week goes by that we don't hear of some new high-profile actor, singer, or politician checking into a center to treat a drug or alcohol problem. And when a celebrity goes to rehab, it's often to an exclusive facility with marble baths, ocean views, and a full spa. It's enough to give addict

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  8. Rx Drug Abuse: Common and Dangerous

    In the 1970s, parents worried that their longhaired, bell-bottomed teenagers were getting drunk or smoking marijuana. Today, dangers also come in the form of prescription medicines -- from opioid pain relievers such as OxyContin to ADHD drugs such as Ritalin. Prescription drug abuse appears to be on

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  9. Meth 101

    Use of methamphetamine, a powerful and addictive stimulant, is rampant and spreading across the United States, reaching levels that have been called "epidemic." In places where it hasn't been a problem in the past, it may seem to have come out of nowhere, but methamphetamine has been a fixture of th

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  10. New Prescriptions for Addiction Treatment

    Shortly after radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh publicly admitted addiction to prescription painkillers, he made a beeline for treatment. But coming to the decision to get that care -- much like for the more than 20 million Americans addicted to a wide variety of substances -- took a lot longer. In

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