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Addiction

Historically, addiction has been defined with regard solely to psychoactive substances (for example alcohol, tobacco and other drugs) which cross the blood-brain barrier once ingested, temporarily altering the chemical milieu of the brain.

Many people, both psychology professionals and laymen, now feel that there should be accommodation made to include psychological dependency on such things as gambling, food, sex, pornography, computers, video games, internet, work, exercise, idolising, watching TV or certain types of non-pornographic videos, spiritual obsession, cutting and shopping so these behaviors count as 'addictions' as well and cause guilt, shame, fear, hopelessness, failure, rejection, anxiety, or humiliation symptoms associated with, among other medical conditions, depression and epilepsy Read More

Articles About Addiction

A marijuana plant is seen at Tweed Marijuana Inc in Smith's Falls, Ontario, March 19, 2014. By unlocking the once-obscure medical marijuana market, Canada has created a fast-growing, profitable and federally regulated industry with a distinct appeal to th
Half a Million Years of Life Lost to Opioid Abuse in U.S.

By IBTimes AU

Opioid abuse more or less results in more than half a million years of life lost per year, a report by PsychCentral said. (8:07 am)

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Cameron Diaz
Cameron Diaz vs. Kyle Sandilands: Sex Tape Actress Cuts Interview Short after Kyle & Jackie O Host Slammed Her Best Friend Drew Barrymore

By IBTimes AU

“Sex Tape” stars Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel were called into the KIIS 106.5's Kyle & Jackie O show for an interview on Monday, July 21, that promotes their new film. The conversation between the 41-year-old actress and radio host started smoo... (1:57 pm)

MORE TOPICS: HOLLYWOOD, ALCOHOLISM, LOS ANGELES

Star Wars Fan Club Dressed as Stormtroopers Interact with Children
All Paedophiles Are Not Child Abusers: Experts Call for New Approach

By IBTimes AU

The issue of paedophiles is under global debate. Amidst calls for harsh laws, fresh advocacy for humane approaches to the malady is in the air. Some such votaries say paedophiles can come out of their impulses if there is more empathy from the society, reports CBC Canada. (12:28 pm)

A cross-section of an entire organoid showing development of different brain regions is seen in this photo provided by the Institute for Molecular Biotechnology (IMBA) on August 29, 2013.
Schizophrenia, Scientists Discover Over 100 Genes Playing Role: A Major Breakthrough

By IBTimes AU

Schizophrenia, Scientist discover Over 100 Genes Playing Role: A Major Breakthrough. (12:21 pm)

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‘Good Will Hunting’ Actor Robin Williams Checks into Rehab to Maintain Sobriety

By IBTimes AU

Academy Award-winning actor Robin Williams has checked himself into a Minnesota rehab early this month to maintain his sobriety, various media outlets reported. (Jul 23)

MORE TOPICS: CALIFORNIA, JAPAN, NEW YORK, ALCOHOLISM

Prince of Wales and his wife Camilla
Camilla Parker-Bowles Celebrates 67th Birthday, Duchess Allegedly Accuses Prince Charles of Killing Princess Diana—Reports [PHOTOS]

By IBTimes AU

Camilla Parker-Bowles, the second wife of Prince Charles is allegedly accusing the Prince of Wales of killing his first wife, Princess Diana. Camilla has been confiding in Kate Middleton about her fears that she could be the next target of her husband as she knows all the secret of the royal family. (Jul 22)

MORE TOPICS: CAMILLA PARKER BOWLES, KATE MIDDLETON, LONDON

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi
Ellen DeGeneres Caught Cheating with Mutual Friend Before Portia de Rossi’s Rehab – Reports [PHOTOS]

By IBTimes AU

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi's marriage has been a favorite divorce topic for quite some time now. New reports has emerged that Ellen has been cheating with a mutual friend and sent her wife to rehab after their epic fight. (Jul 22)

A nurse distributes medicine at Daxing Internet Addiction Treatment Center in Beijing
FDA Prioritises Review of ‘Abuse-Deterrent’ Painkiller

By IBTimes AU

Purdue Pharma LP's hydrocodone bitartrate tablet (HYD) is undergoing "priority review" by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the company recently announced. (Jul 22)

MORE TOPICS: ALCOHOLISM

TV Personality Kim Kardashian (R) and Her Sister Kourtney Walk in the Street as They Visit Fashion Shops in Paris
Kourtney Kardashian's Split with Scott Disick Looms as the Latter Take to Drinking and Needs Rehabilitation-Reports

By IBTimes AU

Kourtney Kardsahian is reportedly having problem with her baby daddy and long time beau Scott Disick. As per the reports Scott has again taken to his drinking addiction and needs to check into rehab to get immediate help. (Jul 22)

A nine-year-old British girl has become the youngest person liked to the deadly drinking game called Neknomination that has been spreading rapidly across the world. (Representational Picture: Reuters)
Research Says People Who Drink Frequently Have a Higher Social Status

By IBTimes AU

While alcohol increases the risk of heart diseases, blood pressure, liver damage, brain damage, sexual problems and the list goes on, Canadian researchers found heavy drinking could increase your social standing as well, and this was especially true in the case of men. (Jul 21)