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Defining Addiction

Defining Addiction

  We hear people say all the time how they are addicted to a certain substance, person or act, but what really defines an addiction?  Traditionally, the term addiction had been limited to drugs and alcohol.  Nowadays however, it seems as though people can be addicted to just about anything.  The New York Times recently reported major addictions that are a little out of the ordinary including video games, watching television, and junk food (Peele). With these … Read entire article »

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Video Game Addiction Affecting Teenage Brains

Video Game Addiction Affecting Teenage Brains

A recent study on adolescents shows that teens who play more than nine hours of video games a week seem to have a larger reward center in the brain than those who play less than nine hours. Although they cannot determine if videogames are the cause of this area in the ventral striatum being larger and more active, there seems to be correlation between this reward center and frequent gaming. This region of the brain … Read entire article »

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Has the Media Caused Societies View on Alcoholism to Change?

Has the Media Caused Societies View on Alcoholism to Change?

Recently the Los Angeles Times posted an article explaining that alcoholism has increased in the last 60 years. The article says that people in North America born after World War II are more prone to have drinking problems. While the numbers may prove this point, could it also be a result of America’s more modern acceptance of addiction? Alcohol has been beloved as a spiritual, medicinal and social lubricant for centuries. Many of our favorite … Read entire article »

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Compulsive Computer Usage; Is it a Real Addiction?

Compulsive Computer Usage; Is it a Real Addiction?

What really is cause for something being labeled an addiction and what is the actual criterion for certain behaviors to fit into the definition of an unhealthy habitual action? As human beings it seems that almost anything can become an unhealthy action to a degree, anything consumed or done in extreme over and over again can transfer into an obsession and thus has the ability to cut us off from reality as well as … Read entire article »

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New Nike Advertisement Uses The Concept of Addiction to Inspire Shoe Sales

In a new advertisement circulating the web, Nike compares the desperation associated with chemical dependency to the discipline of exercise and its rewards of emotional transcendence and physical endurance. The artsy, black-and-white video starts out welcoming the viewer to the world of addiction, qualifying it as “the only addiction that is good for your body.” According to the narrator of the video, the Nike addiction, like that to drugs and alcohol, starts slowly, with the “addict” believing that he or she can stop whenever they want to. Nike describes its “addiction” as a “physical and chemical addiction to sweat, endorphins, and lactic acid.” The narrator declares that, in this addiction, “your body changes and your mind transforms,” typical physical and physiological hallmarks of true addiction to drugs and alcohol. If you … Read entire article »

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Internet Porn Addiction

Internet Porn Addiction

Imagine a powerful mind altering substance that never runs out. It is pumped into each household free of cost and anonymously. It is so plentiful that each person can specify his or her own particular style and strength prior to consumption. This is no fantasy. Internet pornography provokes the release of naturally occurring opioids in the brain and has the potential to be highly addictive. These days, there is no shortage of internet porn. 12% of … Read entire article »

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