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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. How to Say "No" to Impulse Buying

      By Rebecca Davis. Behold! We reveal the secrets to shopping willpower. Welcome to spending season - that heady period from October through December when catchy holiday displays and special offers abound. There you are, innocently window-shopping, when you spot a pair of fabulous pumps - 20 percent o

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    4. Video Game Addiction No Fun

      At an addiction treatment center in Amsterdam, in the Netherlands, teenagers and young adults begin detox by admitting they are powerless over their addiction. But these addicts aren't hooked on drugs or alcohol. They are going cold turkey to break their dependence on video games. Keith Bakker, dire

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    5. 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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    6. Can Baseball Become an Addiction?

      In the movie Fever Pitch, the main character is so obsessed with the Boston Red Sox that several girlfriends have left him. When he finally gets another girlfriend, he chooses a Red Sox home game over a free trip to Paris with her. The movie is billed as a comedy, but Stephen Lombardi saw too much o

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    7. 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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    8. Buyer, Be Aware

      Bill S.* was 50 years old when he filed for bankruptcy for the second time, driven by $300,000 in credit card debt. He was also on his second marriage, which was near collapse. "It occurred to me I had a problem," he says ruefully. After years of spending lavishly on designer clothes, rented yachts,

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    9. Gambling Wave Sets Stage for Addiction

      For Christmas this year, Austin Fox, age 13, got exactly what he asked Santa for -- a tabletop casino-style poker set. Like growing numbers of children and adults, the Philadelphia youth has been seduced by the lure of poker. In fact, Austin plays poker about three times a month. His mother, Susan H

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    10. Shopping Spree, or Addiction?

      From hitting the mall with your girlfriends on a Saturday afternoon, to holiday spending on gifts that go under the tree, shopping could be called one of America's favorite pastimes. For most people, it means some new clothes for work or a small trinket for a friend. For others, however, shopping is

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