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The Daily Buzz: July 14, 2014

Sex addiction is a real thing, says new study; court rules confessions in AA meetings can't be used as evidence in manslaughter case; and upper-class moms increasingly hire sobriety coaches.

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Study Says Sex Addiction Is Real, After All
Whether or not compulsive sexual behavior is a “real” addiction has long been the subject of debate. The latest study, which says sex addiction and drug addiction function similarly in the brain, challenges the DSM-5.

Court Rules AA Confession Can’t Be Used As Evidence
A federal judge in New York has overturned a 1995 manslaughter verdict since the man’s confession of two killings in an AA meeting can not be used against him. The ruling was made on the grounds that AA is a “religious” organization and that “confessions” in meetings must therefore be protected under the First Amendment.

Pots of Marijuana Cash Cause Security Concerns
Pot is legal in Colorado, in case you missed the memo. And no big surprise, people are buying it—many bushels and barrels and brownies’ worth. But due to federal regulations, which still classify pot as an illegal drug, pot sellers are struggling to find banks that will accept their profits. As a result, many business owners are hiring security firms to protect their huge piles of cash from potential thieves.

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Report: DEA Investigating Prescription Drugs in the NFL
The DEA is reportedly probing the NFL after about 1,300 retired players filed a lawsuit claiming the league illegally doled out painkillers, sleeping pills and other drugs without informing them of the risks of addiction and other health problems.

Mothers Find a Helping Hand in Sobriety Coaches
The New York Times profiles professional sobriety coaches, and some of the upper-class mothers who hire them. “Patty [Powers] was my life coach-slash-nutritionist. She was with me 24/7,” says one client. Sober coach Powers, herself a recovering heroin addict, says most of her clients are withdrawing from opiates: “They’re starved for companionship. Today’s pill-popping moms are a far cry from the bored, suburban housewives of The Valley of the Dolls.”