addiction

The Painfully High Price of Gambling Addiction

The severity of America's gambling addiction isn't too far behind the nation's drug problem, and it's growing. In 2007, Americans lost more than $92 billion gambling, almost 10 times more than what U.S. moviegoers spent on tickets -- and about nine times what they lost 15 years earlier.

America's Priciest Rehab Palaces

Keeping Up With the Joneses: Priciest Rehab PalacesThe rich, powerful and addicted are often willing to pay big bucks to get clean and sober -- but just how much? DailyFinance checked out three of the priciest dry-out retreats in the world. One month's bill at any of the following would be enough to scare many of us straight.

Rehab's Real Tab: The Money Side of Treating Addiction

Singers Whitney Houston and Amy Winehouse both checked back into drug rehab in May. The rich and famous, of course, have the means to bounce in and out of pricey addiction-treatment centers, but what's the real cost of rehab for regular folks trying clean up their lives?

Binge Drinking Is Taking a Heavy Toll on Health Worldwide

A new World Health Organization report finds excessive alcohol use results in 2.5 million deaths annually. That's more than those caused by HIV/AIDS, violence or tuberculosis. The study notes that alcohol is a far bigger danger than illegal drugs such as crack cocaine and heroin.

Study Says Junk Food as Addictive as Heroin or Cigarettes

Is junk food as addictive as heroin or cigarettes? Previous studies have shown similarities between drug abusers and compulsive eaters, but a new study published Sunday in Nature Neuroscience provides evidence that those who are addicted to junk food experience similar cravings as drug addicts, require increasingly larger amounts of food to feel good and even have a harder time quitting.

Can the recession make you healthier?

self examinationWhen money gets tight, does our population fail to take care good of itself? When people lose jobs and homes, does it drive them to more actively...