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Theaddictive virus

The urge sweeps over them like a tidal wave.They go into a kind of trance, an addictive high,where what they buy almost doesn’t matter.

PSYCHOTHERAPIST OLIVIA MELLAN

In my family, money was used toexpress love, so I later spent moneyto show myself love.

—Participant in Debtors Anonymous,a 12-step program

You suspect you may be a coffee addict when you start answering the front door before the doorbell rings! But when you can’t resist buying a coffee mug with a picture of a coffee mug on it. . . it’s official. You’re hooked. For you and at least thirty-five million other javaholics (four to five cups a day), coffee ...

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