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What Is a Behavioral Addiction?

By Alexandra Smith, MA, LPCC
Shopping, gambling, social-media use, and sex are all behaviors that are potentially addictive. Learn how they happen and what defines this type of addiction.
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5 Tips to Stay Sober

By Veronica Valli
Quitting alcohol may not be easy, but it doesn’t have to be hard forever.
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Birdie Wermy’s Success Story

By Birdie Wermy
How a grueling relay started one Indigenous runner on a path toward a healthier, happier life.
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The Promise of Psychedelics in Mental-Health Care

By Alexandra Smith, MA, LPCC
Psychedelics such as psilocybin and MDMA have been used to treat everything from depression to PTSD to substance use.
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The Addictive Power of Processed Foods

By Marco Dregni
Big Food engineers foods like chocolate, ice cream, French fries, and chips to be addictive. Here's how.
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How Does the Body Process Alcohol?

By Mo Perry
Here's the nitty-gritty on exactly how your body processes that glass of red wine.
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How Do Hormones Influence Alcohol Tolerance?

By Mo Perry
Estrogen levels can influence how quickly we metabolize alcohol. Here's how.
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How Does Alcohol Tolerance Change as We Age?

By Mo Perry
As we get older, we process alcohol less efficiently. Here's why.
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What Are the Health Effects of Moderate Alcohol Consumption?

By Mo Perry
Alcohol seems to affect us all differently — and even affect our own bodies differently over time. Here are answers to some of your questions about booze and the body.
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Your Body on Junk Food: Q&A With Michael Moss

By Michael Dregni
The Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist talks about how Big Food uses sugar, salt, and fat to hook Americans.
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Why Addiction Is a Public-Health Issue

By Kaelyn Riley
Taking a more humane approach to addiction can help all of us.
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The Future of Health

By Experience Life Staff
Discover some of the most promising developments in whole-person health.
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How to Get Past Self-Loathing

By Shefali Tsabary, MD
In her new book, A Radical Awakening, Dr. Shefali talks about the difference between authenticity and goodness — and how to learn to love ourselves.
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How to Find the Right Therapist

By Alexandra Smith, MA, LPCC
Credentials, cost, and length of treatment are just a few factors to consider when finding a therapist.
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