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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. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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