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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

  • sean

    Addiction: Chaos in Vancouver

    The producers of this short film are both recovering addicts who have both spent time living and indulging with drug addiction in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

  • Ima Ryma

    Labelled addiction – catchall bin
    For a body doing too much
    Of varied pleasurable sin,
    Helpless and hopeless stopping such.
    Abuse of substances or sex
    Or work or shopping come to mind.
    And how ’bout the hi tech effects
    Taking a hold of humankind?
    Multiolics are more and more,
    And proven cures are less and less.
    People must have pleasures galore,
    Hoping to escape painful mess.

    Addicted to addictions be
    The future of society.

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