By Emily, age 19, Newfoundland
Sweet Designs Featured Writer

When we switch on the television every day, whether we're watching MTV or the news, we're bombarded with images of celebrities, their problems, and most of all their addictions.

Amy Winehouse is reportedly a cocaine addict. Lindsay Lohan is reportedly addicted to alcohol. These are just a couple examples, but from what we know from the press, these girls flaunt their addictions. Winehouse even wrote a song "Rehab" about refusing to seek help for her addiction. The worst thing about celebrity addictions is the glamour that the substances are given.

The issue is virtually unavoidable. There are so many substances that seem harmless at first glance, but when we look deeper, they are very dangerous. I myself am the prisoner of several addictions, which include but are not limited to caffeine and chocolate. I can tell you from experience that none of these addictions are in the least bit glamorous.

As soon as I wake up, I need my fix of caffeine or I'm not able to function. I originally started drinking Diet Coke in the afternoon so that I could stay awake for my afternoon classes in high school. Pretty soon I started drinking it as soon as I got to school ... Then, as I was getting dressed in the morning ... Finally, when I rolled out of bed.

Not only are my addictions harmful to my mind and body, but they are extremely costly. I spend lots of money getting my Diet Coke and chocolate, but as the wrappers, cans, and bottles begin to stack up in my closet, it also becomes harder to hide it too.

I really don't enjoy having to depend on these things to get me through the day. Luckily I need less chocolate than I do Diet Coke. As for Diet Coke, I need several cans to get me through the day, and usually just end up buying a 2-liter bottle, which might last me for a couple days.

So the next time you read a magazine or watch TV, remember that those celebrities are not perfect and neither are their addictions. Don't let yourself be fooled!

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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