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Can body modifications be addictive?

Addiction manifests in many different ways. Substance abuse, compulsive gambling, shopping addiction -- but is it possible to become addicted to tattoos or piercings? Find out the psychology behind addiction and body modification.

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  • 10 Addictions You Might Not Know You Have

    10 Addictions You Might Not Know You Have

    When most people think about addictions, they think about alcohol, tobacco or other drugs. Some addictions, though, are common behaviors that people just can't control. Did you know you could have an addiction and not even realize it? See more »

  • 10 Myths About Addiction

    10 Myths About Addiction

    Drug and alcohol addiction are huge problems throughout the world. Yet many dangerous myths persist about addicts – no, they don't have to hit bottom before getting help. And they're not all weak-willed. See more »

  • 5 Signs of a Shopaholic

    5 Signs of a Shopaholic

    Lots of people love to shop -- it's fun to get shiny new things. But when does your shopping habit qualify as a problem? See more »

  • Are depressed people more prone to addiction -- and why?

    Are depressed people more prone to addiction -- and why?

    We know that double cheeseburgers can lead to heart disease and a propensity for sugar to diabetes. But does your love of cigarettes have anything to do with the blues? See more »

  • Can body modifications be addictive?

    Can body modifications be addictive?

    Addiction manifests in many different ways. Substance abuse, compulsive gambling, shopping addiction -- but is it possible to become addicted to tattoos or piercings? Find out the psychology behind addiction and body modification. See more »

  • Can nasal sprays be addictive?

    Can nasal sprays be addictive?

    Nasal decongestants help many of us get through the workday while we're sick. But why would they be addictive? See more »

  • Charge It! Are you a shopaholic?

    Charge It! Are you a shopaholic?

    The first credit card came onto the shopping scene in the late 1950s, and Americans have been living on borrowed money ever since. Do you know what shopping habits might indicate you have a shopping addiction? See more »

  • Dealing with Addiction While Pregnant

    Dealing with Addiction While Pregnant

    Discovering that you're pregnant while battling addiction is scary, but you're not alone. Find out how to get the help that you and your baby need. See more »

  • How Sugar Addiction Works

    How Sugar Addiction Works

    If you can't make it through the day without a piece of chocolate, are you addicted to sugar? The jury's out on whether sugar addiction is truly an addiction, but there are ways anyone can become less dependent on the other white stuff. See more »

  • Is fast food addictive?

    Is fast food addictive?

    The idea of food addiction is relatively new, but researchers say the struggle is real — especially when it comes to greasy, delicious fast food. So what's the science behind those cravings? See more »

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