Thanks to the new TV show, “My Strange Addiction,” I have nothing to feel ashamed about. The TLC series, which offers rubbernecking shock value, made my own struggles with addiction seem more commonplace. Keep reading »
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This week on my new favorite show, “My Strange Addiction,” we met Lauren, a college student addicted to her furry lifestyle. Her “fursona” Kira, a white and hot pink-striped fox, is the expression of her more outgoing side. This actually shed some light on the furry movement, which previously confounded me. Once I got over the ridiculousness of watching Lauren read Water for Elephants as Kira, I understood that using her “fursona” to hide from the world is not much different than using drugs, alcohol, or eating couch cushion (WTF, by the way) to avoid reality. I think what’s interesting about this show is how addictions are manifesting in our society in such unusual ways. While the underlying issues remain the same — low self-esteem, poor emotional coping mechanisms, unresolved trauma — the presenting symptoms have gotten way more creative. Were people this troubled back in the day or is this what modern life has done to us? Keep reading »
Lindsay Lohan continues to fill up her rehab visit punch card, checking into her fifth facility earlier this week. Four more visits and she will get one free! Lohan’s recent rehab stint came as a result of her failing a court mandated drug test—she’s hoping that by doing rehab she can avoid jail time. With this being her fifth facility, it can be hard to keep track of all the places Lilo has sought help. After the jump, the five different places where our favorite “Mean Girl” has tried the 12 steps. Keep reading »
When people think of sex addiction, they think of men like Tiger Woods and David Duchovny who got caught barreling headfirst down the hedonistic rabbit hole.
But I am a female sex addict in the truest sense of the term. Thanks to sketchy DNA (I’ve also struggled with alcoholism and cocaine addiction) and sexually traumatic experiences in early adolescence, I learned to self-medicate painful emotions with sex. Keep reading »
Ending a relationship is never fun, but it’s definitely worse when you are the one getting your heart broken. After being scorned, many find that the road to recovery involves a lot of sobbing, Facebook stalking, and limited contact with the outside world. Why is it that withdrawal from a relationship can cause such extreme emotions and actions? Well, researchers think it may be because we are actually addicted to love. A recent study published in the Journal of Neurophysiology shows that the same part of the brain is activated when someone feels rejected romantically as when someone is craving cocaine. Keep reading »
Listen up, OctoMom: Baby addiction is apparently a real thing. While there is currently no official diagnosis, health professionals are reporting an increase in patients, mostly women, who desperately want to keep having newborns, even when they already have several children. Take U.K. woman Karen Johnston. Eight children was not enough to satisfy her craving for kids. At 54 years old, the self-proclaimed baby addict went through great lengths to have more. I mean, addicts will do anything to get their fix, right? Keep reading »
If you think you spend a lot of money on makeup, this woman will make you feel better about your excessive mascara and lip gloss purchases. Meet Hillary Kosofsky, who owns a total of $30,000 worth of beauty products. During her 54 years, she’s become totally obsessed with buying any form of makeup or hair care product, but face creams don’t make the cut. Here’s her main problem: When she goes shopping and falls in love with the appearance of a product, she’ll buy two just to keep one fully intact! It’s makeup, lady, not art. With this kind of consumption, it’s easy to see just why Hillary has money problems. In addition to all the multiples she owns, Hillary can count at least 9 hairsprays, 29 shampoos, 137 eyeshadow palettes, 32 concealers, 86 nail polishes, and 25 brushes that are currently stockpiled in her house. And when she’s not snagging new beauty items on impulse, Hillary is strategizing about her next big splurge. When new magazines come to her house, she’ll flip through and rip out pages to remember what to buy at the store. As if she really needs more. And yes, she was in debt up to $14,000 at one point, but her devoted husband paid it off. [MSN] Keep reading »
According to a new study published by the Archives of Dermatology, about one-third of the 421 college students who tried indoor tanning became addicted to it. The study found that tan-oholics also use way more alcohol and pot than those who did not fiend for the tanning bed. More than half of the tanning maniacs reported that they used more than one drug in the previous month.
About a year ago, I was sitting at my desk at The Frisky when an email from my mother popped up. She was writing to tell me that my brother had checked himself into a rehab facility because he had started using drugs again. He had strained his back at his job, but didn’t tell his doctor about his past history of heroin and OxyContin addiction when he asked for a painkiller prescription. So he started taking Vicodin. And when he became addicted to the painkillers, he hid his drug use from his girlfriend. When she overheard him buying drugs on the phone, she kicked him out. But he did even more heavy drugs another night after that, and he woke up the next day realizing he’d hit “rock bottom” again. So my brother did another stint in rehab and when he checked out a month later, we watched warily, worried. But he lives in another state and, by choice, I hardly ever see him. Judging by the few holidays where I do see him, I assumed he was sober. Keep reading »