The 12 Steps of Watching Lindsay Lohan's Chaotic New Reality Show

Lindsay was supposed to be her redemption song, but it's unlikely that Lindsay Lohan can carry the tune. It was apparent very early on in last night's premiere of the OWN docu-series—particularly when she was shown ditching her AA meetings within days of leaving her sixth stint in rehab—that Lindsay is not doing her… » 3/10/14 4:30pm 3/10/14 4:30pm

British Woman Was Drinking 50 Diet Cokes a Day and Tripping Balls

It's easy to make fun of the Daily Mail, but those of us who indulge in the practice often forget about paper's razor-sharp journalistic instincts, which are nowhere more evident than in this latest gem of a story about a British woman who, at one point in her acid trip of an adulthood, was consuming 50 cans of Diet… » 2/23/14 4:00pm 2/23/14 4:00pm

Wait, So Is Porn Addiction Even a Real Thing?

With all this culture hubbub about porn addiction and how free, unhindered access to thousands upon thousands of orgasm-long clips of people mashing their genitals together on the internet will turn us all into masturbating zombies incapable of copulating with a live, human person, we ought to first ask ourselves if… » 2/16/14 12:30pm 2/16/14 12:30pm

Why Philip Seymour Hoffman's Death Is Not About You

Philip Seymour Hoffman's death has been on our collective minds. His tragic passing has drawn both compassion and ire from all sides; it has also inspired a spate of personal essays that focus on the difficulty of addiction and relapse as well as unfounded speculation about Hoffman's mental state and reasons for why… » 2/08/14 5:50pm 2/08/14 5:50pm

Meet the Lady Who's Addicted to Smelling and Chewing Dirty Diapers

My Strange Addiction never features addictions that aren't just completely disgusting. Like, you'll never see a lady on there who's addicted to smelling cupcake icing, or a guy who can't get enough of ironing. So last night's episode was true to stomach-turning form by featuring a woman who loves the smell and taste… » 1/16/14 11:10am 1/16/14 11:10am

Blame Lamar Odom for Lamar Odom's Drug Problems, Not the Kardashians

Former NBA Lakers coach Phil Jackson has taken it upon himself to try to explain what's going with Lamar Odom, but spoiler: he doesn't know. So instead, Jackson has decided to speculate that Odom's current state of who knows what's going on is partially to blame on the Kardashian family, for enabling Odom's addiction… » 10/31/13 1:30pm 10/31/13 1:30pm

Kristen Johnston: Addiction Is Not Like a Famous Person Swag Bag

Best known for being on 3rd Rock from the Sun (and thoroughly lovable in Music and Lyrics), Kristen Johnston is also a recovering addict who is quite forthcoming about what she calls her "lengthy love affair with booze and pills." But Johnston is disappointed with the way our society treats addiction, calling it… » 7/22/13 11:20am 7/22/13 11:20am

More Evidence That AA Doesn’t Effectively Address Addiction in Women

It’s not really news that Alcoholics’ Anonymous isn’t necessarily tailor-made for women with drinking problems, but a new study into the ways AA helps both sexes recover from addiction suggests that the organization isn’t quite as effective in treating female addiction as it is treating male addiction. » 7/21/13 1:30pm 7/21/13 1:30pm

Women, Booze, and the Glaring Gender Disparity in AA’s Philosophy

By virtue of the fact that it’s an essay in the Saturday Wall Street Journal (a mixed bag of insightful cultural commentary, impossibly palatial real estate listings, and thinly-veiled conservative ravings about America’s social decadence), and because its second paragraph begins with the vaguely-judgmental sentence,… » 6/22/13 1:30pm 6/22/13 1:30pm

Mika Brzezinski Has an Eating Disorder, Paid Her Friend to Lose Weight

Morning Joe's Mika Brzezinski has a book hitting stores tomorrow titled Obsessed: America's Food Addiction — And My Own. She talked about the project this morning on her own show, as well as Today, and a lot of what she had to say was great, and made perfect sense. For instance: "The obesity crisis in America is not… » 5/06/13 4:10pm 5/06/13 4:10pm

Inside the Twisted Mind of Buzz Bissinger, Straight Male Shopaholic

There are many, many WTF sentences in Buzz Bissinger's epic, shocking, nauseating, hilarious and infuriating piece for GQ titled "My Gucci Addiction." The 58-year-old writer, husband and father of three — best known for the book Friday Night Lights — details his compulsive buying quite frankly, and you may find… » 3/26/13 4:30pm 3/26/13 4:30pm

Mindy McCready's Suicide and the 'Celebrity Rehab' Curse

Yesterday, country singer Mindy McCready was found on her front porch dead of an apparent suicide. Having appeared on VH1's Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew in 2009 for her addiction to alcohol and painkillers, she is the fifth person from the series to die in the last two years. Of the nine cast members from her… » 2/18/13 2:35pm 2/18/13 2:35pm

It’s Sort of Official: Chocolate Is a Highly Addictive Drug

Think about how less depressing and oh-my-god-I-want-to-rinse-my-eyes-out-with-oven-cleaner Requiem for a Dream would have been if all the main characters were addicted to Russell Stover box chocolates and, instead of wanting to open a coffee shop, wanted to save up for a blow-out trip to Hershey Park. If Darren… » 9/21/12 10:30am 9/21/12 10:30am

Pregnant Women Undergoing Methadone Treatment Caught in a Lose-Lose…

Methadone maintenance is the treatment of choice for addicts trying to wean themselves off opiates, but, for pregnant women, methadone can provide judges and caseworkers with the evidence needed to arbitrarily separate recovering addicts from their children. The Daily Beast's Rachel Blustain chronicles the struggle… » 9/02/12 3:30pm 9/02/12 3:30pm