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Gaming addiction is real, says the World Health Organization

The idea of being “addicted to our screens” is not a new concept, but the World Health Organization is taking the bold step in declaring excessive gaming a disorder. The WHO made the declaration in its proposed update to the popular International Compendium of Diseases, declaring that...

Tuesday, January 2, 2018 - 4:17pm

Is there really a cure for sex addiction?

Denise Cote, the federal judge who on Monday sentenced Anthony Weiner to 21 months in prison for sexting a minor, said the disgraced former congressman had “a disease that involves sexual compulsivity; some call it a sex addiction.” The once-promising politician, who had two previous...

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 5:20pm

Here's how your recreational drug habit is going to put you in the emergency room

In the words of Mr. Mackey on “South Park,” “Drugs are bad, mmmkay,” but when it comes to some of the most popular recreational drugs, it turns out some are worse than others. Whether or not there’s a safe way to use drugs is up for debate, but the 2017 Global Drug...

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 8:35pm

Potato chips are as addictive as hard drugs, scientists say

As it turns out, the "all that" in the expression "all that and a bag of chips" might as well be methadone. A new study has shown that potato chips are as addictive as hard drugs, and the habit is hard to quit. In a new U.K. special "Secrets of Our Favourite Snacks,...

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 12:33pm

Where teens could be hiding their drugs, according to the DEA

Let us preface this by saying that drug addiction is no laughing matter, especially for the youth of America and especially as many states are battling an opioid epidemic. But what is kind of laughable is a recent post on GetSmartAboutDrugs.gov in which the Drug Enforcement Administration gave...

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 4:48pm

Mass. schools get funding to prevent opioid addiction from AG's office

As the opioid epidemic continues to devastate Massachusetts communities, state officials have announced funding for addiction prevention programs at schools, nonprofits and community groups. Attorney General Maura Healey announced on Monday that she will award $700,000 in funding across 41...

Monday, May 1, 2017 - 11:35am

'Girls' star Jemima Kirke gets candid about alcohol and drug abuse

Despite attending rehab programs Jemima Kirke — better known as "Girls" Jessa Johansson— doesn't consider herself an addict. Instead of using those vices as a way to repress her feelings, she uses and recognizes them as tools. Why didn't I think about that? Kirke...

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 4:31pm