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    1. New Black Market Designer Drugs: Why Now?

      Earlier this year, a 19-year-old Minnesota teen died and 10 others were injured after taking large doses of 2C-E -- a drug with far more potent and dangerous effects than the 2C-I they thought they were taking at a spring break party. The 21-year-old who supplied the drug -- police found him unconsc

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    2. 20 Questions for Carrie Fisher

      Carrie Fisher burst onto the big screen in 1975, when she starred opposite the magnetic Warren Beatty in the hit Shampoo. Playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars trilogy -- the first film was released in 1977 -- sealed her claim to fame, but since then she has starred in a wide range of films (includ

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    3. Conquering Meth Addiction: Carren Clem's Story

      I never expected to become a drug addict. I grew up in rural Montana. My dad worked as a narcotics cop, so my siblings and I knew how bad drugs were. I played violin, had my own pony, did well in school, and went to church. But in sixth grade, I started having social problems. I was teased and exclu

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    4. 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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    5. When Too Much Shopping Becomes a Problem

      Shopaholics are often born innocently enough. For Lynn Braz, for instance, shopping was a bona fide hobby until a pair of family tragedies pushed her over the edge. "When my sister died, the shopping went out of control," says the 47-year-old San Francisco writer. "The next thing I bought was going

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    6. The New Addictions

      Behavioral addictions - to shopping, sex, even e-mail - trigger the same rush of feel-good dopamine to the brain as drugs and alcohol. Since these "fixes" aren't formally recognized by the medical establishment, insurance won't pony up for treatment. But that doesn't mean they can't undo your life.

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    7. When Technology Addiction Takes Over Your Life

      Jenn Hoffman, Phoenix-based CEO of The J Brand Group, should have been enjoying a relaxing vacation on the Cote d'Azur. Sipping champagne and nibbling on cheese at the posh Louis XV restaurant, she was eagerly awaiting her entree, a poached Breton lobster. But then, poised next to the breadbasket, h

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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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