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Hospital’s New Program for Internet Addiction Means You Can Finally Get the Help You’ve Always Thought You Needed

If checking your Facebook feed or posting photos to Instagram is as essential to your day as breathing, then help may be on the way.

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Completely Predictable Survey Reveals We Are Way, Way Too Hooked on Our Phones

It’s official – we’re iAddicts.

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Unsurprising New Research Finds Bar and Restaurant Employees at High Risk for Alcoholism

Bartenders can make a lot in tips, one of the upsides to working in the bar or restaurant industry. However, a new study suggests there is a major pitfall to employment in a business where booze is served: it is a common breeding ground for alcoholism.

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Prescription Painkillers Emerge As the Leading Cause of Accidental Death

For years, car accidents have been the leading cause of accidental death. But that all changed four years ago when, for the first time, vehicle-related deaths were topped by poisoning due to prescription painkillers like OxyContin and Vicodin.

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Is It OK to Glorify Celebrity Drug Use In the Media [POLL]

I find myself jumping up on my soap box this morning.  Am I sad that Whitney Houston died?  Yes, I am, because the world lost an amazing singer.  Do I think that her death warrants all the media attention, no I do not.  Whitney Houston was a drug addict, yes, she may have gotten clean at one point and time,  but with the events surrounding her death, it looks like she relapsed.

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Is Text Messaging the Newest Cure for Addiction?

It turns out suffers from alcohol dependency might be able to kick the habit by doing what comes natural… texting. Yup, a new study has found actual evidence that there may be a health benefit to text messaging.

Research with young problem drinkers found those who sent and received weekly text messages tracking their alcohol consumption drank less at the end of the 12-week program than they did at the beginning.

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Michael Jackson’s Propofol Addiction Started in 1999

The Conrad Murray verdict was handed down a week ago (Nov. 7), with the doctor being found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the case of Michael Jackson. Murray came under fire for administering the surgical anesthetic propofol to the singer outside of the operating room, which killed him.

Now, Frank Cascio, who was once the King of Pop’s personal assistant and manager, has written a tell-all book that makes the blockbuster claim that the singer began taking the dangerous drug as far back as 1999, well before he met and hired Dr. Murray.

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Fatty and Sugary Foods May Be as Addictive as Cocaine and Cigarettes

There is a growing body of evidence suggesting fatty and sugary foods rewire the brain in the same way drugs like cocaine and nicotine do, leading to addiction.

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‘Big Bang Theory’ Star Kaley Cuoco Gets Engaged to Addiction Specialist

Some depressing news for nerds and ‘Big Band Theory’ addicts: Kaley Cuoco is off the market.

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Addiction Vaccines Will Potentially Cure Nicotine and Drug Dependencies

Scientists in San Diego are developing new vaccines that will potentially cure addictions, allowing cigarette and drug abusers to kick their habits with a simple injection.

Dr. Kim D. Janda, a Scripps Research Institute professor, is one of the leading experts, having made addiction vaccines his main priority for the past 25 years. “We view this as an alternative or better way for some people,” he tells The New York Times in reference to rehab programs.

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