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Russell Brand: Is a World That Robin Williams Can’t Live In Broken?

The comedian reflects on the death of one of the funniest men ever, tying it to “the overarching misery of our times,” in his latest episode of “The Trews.”

Posted on Aug 13, 2014 READ MORE

The Empty Room

Lauren B. Davis’ novel dissects the patterns of fear, denial, lies and justification that propel an alcoholic further into an addiction that destroys everything she has and is.

Posted on Jun 6, 2014 READ MORE

A Living Hell Beneath Romania’s Capital

In a video companion to a written report filed last week, Britain’s Channel 4 News takes viewers beneath the streets of post-Communist Bucharest to a world inhabited by hundreds of men, women and children stricken by drug abuse, HIV and tuberculosis.

Posted on May 25, 2014 READ MORE

A Grim Existence in the Sewers of Eastern Europe

Beneath Bucharest’s ornate architecture, Baroque palaces and tree-lined boulevards lies a decades-old city of suffering made of filth, frigid temperatures, addiction and disease.

Posted on May 22, 2014 READ MORE

Remember That Time Craig Ferguson Stood Up for Britney Spears?

On Monday, the host of “The Late Late Show” announced he was “consciously uncoupling” from CBS.

Posted on Apr 28, 2014 READ MORE

Russell Brand: Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Death ‘Inevitable,’ Thanks to Our Drug Laws

“Addiction is a mental illness around which there is a great deal of confusion,” writes the British comedian Russell Brand in an analysis of the drug-induced death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Posted on Feb 6, 2014 READ MORE

Study Claims Existence of ‘Caffeine Use Disorder’

A study out of American University is unleashing upon the unsuspecting public yet another type of disorder to acquire—and this one seems pretty easy to get.

Posted on Jan 30, 2014 READ MORE


New Rule Makes Mental Health Care Available to Millions of Americans

Acting on a law passed way back in 2008, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury and Labor made a final ruling that forces many health insurers to treat mental illnesses like physical ones.

Posted on Nov 8, 2013 READ MORE

julio.garciah (CC BY 2.0)

Reformulated Drug Sends Users Elsewhere

A harder-to-abuse version of OxyContin released two years ago has pushed users to other drugs that mimic the effects of opiates, including heroin.

Posted on Jul 14, 2012 READ MORE

Addicted to the Afghan War

Posted on Mar 6, 2011 READ MORE

AP / Koji Sasahara

The Big Business of Sex Addiction

Cast your mind back to a time before sex addiction qualified as a legitimate issue rather than a snarky euphemism (although for some that might still be the case). Hard to remember, what with the Bill Clintons and Tiger Woodses ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 15, 2010 READ MORE

Jonesin’ for Their Net Fix

Researchers at the University of Maryland have studied the consequences of 200 American college students unhooking from all media—cell phones, social media, Internet—for 24 hours, finding that many suffered symptoms of withdrawal similar to those in drug and alcohol addictions.

Posted on Apr 25, 2010 READ MORE

tanning bed
Flickr / Evil Erin

Is Tanning Addictive?

By now, we all ought to be aware that making like Tater Tots and browning ourselves, whether the natural way or on tanning beds, isn’t a recipe for optimal health. So why do some people still do it, sometimes to excess? Turns out aesthetics may not fully explain the tanning phenomenon.

Posted on Apr 20, 2010 READ MORE

Wink-Wink, Nudge-Nudge: Karzai’s Alleged Drug Problem

Peter Galbraith, the former U.N. envoy who claims he was fired for trying to confront the election fraud in Afghanistan, says of Hamid Karzai: “In fact, some of the palace insiders say that he has a certain fondness for some of Afghanistan’s most profitable exports.” (video after the jump)

Posted on Apr 6, 2010 READ MORE

Flickr / Flair Candy

Americans Bingeing on Internet’s Info-Buffet

If it is true that “how you do one thing is how you do everything,” then Americans are right on track with their consumption habits, both in terms of food and information. Among his observations, The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson points out how the info-glut on the Internet doesn’t exactly lead to a more accurately informed public.

Posted on Jan 26, 2010 READ MORE

woman with suitcase

Top Psychologists Analyze Themselves

Psychologists are people too, and they’re prone to having quirks and neuroses despite their extensive training on the various facets of the human psyche. The British Psychological Society prodded 23 top psychologists to fess up to their own curiosities and inconsistencies on the organization’s blog. Analyze away.

Posted on Oct 5, 2009 READ MORE

Detroit Homeless Shelter
Detroit News / Ankur Dholakia

Chronically Homeless Numbers Down 30%, U.S. Claims

In the face of a U.S. housing crisis and a troubled economy, Bush administration officials claim that the past two years have seen a 30 percent drop in the levels of chronically homeless people, crediting the decrease to a strategy of finding permanent shelter for the long-ignored disabled and addicted.

Posted on Jul 30, 2008 READ MORE

Oil Junkie

Posted on Jun 15, 2008 READ MORE

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Step Away From the Blackberry

There’s a new kind of addiction out there, to which many of us are currently vulnerable, and from which some of us may be suffering right this moment: According to one Dr. Jerald Block, writing in the American Journal of Psychiatry, excessive e-mailing and text messaging could be a form of mental illness.

Posted on Mar 25, 2008 READ MORE

Bill Maher

The Return of ‘New Rules’

Bill Maher’s writers are back and so is his biting commentary on the political and cultural issues of the week. In this clip, the “Real Time” host tackles the decline of the handshake, Bush’s war addiction, the fighting Romneys, McCain’s zombie army and why it isn’t amazing that the Democrats have suddenly discovered diversity.

Posted on Feb 17, 2008 READ MORE

OxyContin Maker Fined for Pushing Misinformation

OxyContin, also known as “hillbilly heroin,” is an effective drug for pain sufferers but also a highly coveted addictive opiate. Just ask Rush Limbaugh. Now the company that makes “Oxy” will have to pay $634.5 million in Justice Department fines for claiming that the painkiller, which has been linked to hundreds of overdose deaths, is less addictive and subject to abuse than the competition.

Posted on May 11, 2007 READ MORE

brain damage

Forgetting Addiction

When a stroke victim and two-pack-a-day smoker woke up having forgotten his habit, researchers went looking for the damaged part of his brain that seemed to have switched off his cravings. Having found it, scientists are hoping to discover new methods to understand and treat addiction.

Posted on Jan 25, 2007 READ MORE

Bush and Gates
AP Photo / Ron Edmonds

Robert Scheer: Bush Can’t Kick the Habit

Here we go again: A new secretary of defense and yet another call for ending the war in Iraq by escalating it. What are they smoking in the Bush White House?

Posted on Dec 19, 2006 READ MORE

Frey’s Note Both Accepts and Ducks Blame

The “Million Little Pieces” memoirist appears to apologize in an author’s note. But he still tries to push that “subjective truth” crap. Hey James, feelings are subjective; thoughts are subjective; calling a two-hour stay in jail “three months” is objectively BS.
story / Frey’s note or publisher’s note (both .pdf files)
Also, Warner Bros. may back out of the film version. | story

Posted on Feb 2, 2006 READ MORE

Oprah and Frey

Frey Won’t Pen Memoir About Faking His Memoir

Fabulist James Frey says on an unaired segment of Oprah that he won’t seek to cash in on his lies. | story
We applaud his promise. In the meantime, should we be surprised if his new book, “My Friend Leonard,” turns out to be ridden with mere “essential truths”?
Also, see a clip of Frey’s Oprah appearance: video (Internet Explorer req’d)

Posted on Jan 28, 2006 READ MORE

‘Smoking Gun’ Shoots Holes in Bestseller

James Frey’s addiction memoir “A Million Little Pieces” is riddled with falsehoods, says muckraking website. | story

Posted on Jan 9, 2006 READ MORE

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