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 How young is too young to be an addict? Probably two or three

The concept of addiction is a relatively new thing. As recently as colonial America, people drank because they wanted to, there was nothing else to it, certainly not some biological drive that pushed their decisions beyond their own willpower. Over time, people began reporting feeling overcome by the urge to drink or smoke opium or do cocaine, possibly the work of the devil, and the idea that an object like a mug of beer could have an intangible hold over a human being grew into common knowledge. Initially, it was the addict's character that was considered at fault. Only a person of poor moral fiber could become addicted to a substance (this idea has always continued to hang around in the shadows of the collective psyche to some extent). See more »

 Podcast Goodness: Sterilization of Addicts

Hi there, folks. If you're looking for a place to talk about yesterday's podcast then look no further. It's happening right here at the weekly podcast goodness blog. Yesterday here on the Stuff You Should Know podcast program we delved into a topic that was pretty darn controversial -- the sterilization of addicts. Sounds like something that would never happen, but it turns out it is happening right here in the old USA and is gaining traction in England. The charge is being led by a woman named Barbara Harris and her program called Project Prevention. Harris is the founder of Children Requiring a Caring Community (CRACK), the non-profit organization that carries out Project Prevention. See more »

 Charlie Sheen Needs Some Help

Mr. Charlie Sheen has been sucking up all of the headlines these days with his multiple interviews addressing his behavior, his addictions and his show. He was first suspended from Two and a Half Men, and finally was fired late yesterday. Watching these interviews has been pretty distressing if you ask me. Sure, it's funny at first, but in the end what we're watching is the slow disintegration of a human being. See more »

How Rehab Works

 How Rehab Works

These days, alcoholics and other people suffering from addictions are often sent to rehabilitation centers to kick their habit. But how long has rehab been around, and how does it work? Listen in as Chuck and Josh present the fascinating process of rehab. See more »

 Podcast Goodness: Addicted to Migration

Hey there, folks. Chuck here with a little podcast recap -- a chance for the SYSK Army to get together and chat about this week's episodes. Here at HQ things are feeling decidedly like Autumn. It's here in full swing and folks around these parts are pretty happy to see our lovely tree-filled city full of yellow, orange and brown. I hope it's as beautiful in your neck of the woods. So this week on the Stuff You Should Know podcast program Mr. Clark and I covered a couple of topics that we both found pretty interesting. See more »

Is quitting smoking contagious?

 Is quitting smoking contagious?

Everyone knows it's tough to quit smoking -- but did you know quitting can be contagious? Check out this HowStuffWorks podcast to learn more about smoking. See more »