Addiction Fact and Fiction

National Geographic Channel has been running a number of programs on drugs and addictions, including the show Drugged (see 10 tips for recovering from addictions). Addiction is a strange beast that has devastated millions of people and families around the world. It’s also in the news a lot, from allegations of sex addict stars to the impacts of substance abuse.

Although Tom Cruise is fond of saying that there is only one cure for addiction (and it isn’t cowbell), there is still a lot we don’t know about addictions.

Can overeating be a form of food addiction? Is coffee, or caffeine, really as addictive as people say?

I once met a guy who swore that juggling can become addictive. He said intensive juggling “changes the way your brain is wired, and it gets really hard to stop doing it.”

I don’t know how true that is, but I thought this infographic made some interesting points about addictions.

What do you think, do people throw around the term “addiction” too easily these days to avoid responsibility, or are so many of us really at the mercy of the disease?

Rogue Addictions - No I Do Not Have a Problem

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