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Getting High on Something Other Than Drugs or Alcohol
When most people hear the word addiction, they think of dependence on a substance, such as drugs or alcohol. And for good reason: According to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in 2014 an estimated 21.5 million Americans aged 12 years or older have a significant problem with alcohol or drugs.
But alcohol, uppers, downers, and other commonly abused substances aren't the only things Americans abuse or think they're addicted to. In fact, just substitute the word "behavior" for "substance," and you open up the definition of addiction to all kinds of dependencies, some of which may surprise you. Whether it's sex, the Internet, or bungee jumping, the desire to experience a "high" becomes so strong that the so-called addict loses control and seeks the activity despite all negative consequences.
While experts don't agree on whether they're all true addictions, here are eight habits that people get hooked on.
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