Topic: addiction

Is Sex Addiction An Actual Addiction?

Is Sex Addiction An Actual Addiction?

I know a lot of alcoholics. I also know a fair amount of people who have been addicted to drugs. I have sat through AA meetings and witnessed withdrawal and I cannot imagine how awful it would be to have a serious addiction to a substance. However, whenever I hear people discuss sex addiction, I am always admittedly a bit conflicted. More »

Stages Of Nose Spray Use

Stages Of Nose Spray Use

1. Oh, my God, I can’t breathe through my nose. This is the worst thing that’s ever happened to me. I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe. I’ll never sleep again. I’ll do anything to fix this.

2. No, but do you know what happens to people who use nose spray?

3. Are you ready for a lifetime addiction to the rebound congestion brought on by regular nose spray use?

4. No, no; I’ll be fine, this isn’t a problem. I’ll just breathe through my mouth and have a sore throat until the end of my life and then I’ll be dead for forever. More »

What Should You Do If Your Friend Has A Drug Problem?

What Should You Do If Your Friend Has A Drug Problem?

Yesterday, the world reeled to learn that Bon Jovi‘s teen daughter had overdosed on heroin in her dorm room at Hamilton College. While it was a little too real for most of us to imagine well-heeled nineteen-year-olds using heroin, it happens more than you want to think. Her friends called the cops–resulting in her arrest–but what other recourse did they have? Editors Jennifer Wright and Ashley Cardiff discuss the tricky business of dealing with a close friend’s drug problem. More »

Former America’s Next Top Model Contestant Jael Strauss Struggling With Meth Addiction

Former America's Next Top Model Contestant Jael Strauss Struggling With Meth Addiction

Jael Strauss, who placed 6th on cycle 8 of America’s Next Top Model, is going on Dr. Phil tomorrow. She’s supposedly close to losing her battle with meth addiction.

She tells Dr. Phil that she’s been struggling with doing meth for 6 years, and that her addiction has rotted her teeth and destroyed her skin. For the record, here is a picture of her before, at 22 and now, at 28. More »

Cat Marnell & The Glamorization Of Drug Addiction

Cat Marnell & The Glamorization Of Drug Addiction

Polarizing xoJane staffer Cat Marnellshe of the horrible birth control advice–has decided to get help for her addictions. Great! Coincidentally, she’s just been profiled by New York. Editors Jennifer Wright and Ashley Cardiff have had lots of criticism for Marnell in the past but now that she’s getting help… do they (or should they) feel any different? More »