Heroin, addiction and free will

The death of Phillip Seymour Hoffman has sparked some strong and seemingly contradictory responses. What these reactions show is that many people find it hard to think of addiction as being anything except either a choice or a loss of free ...

Feb 12

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Heavy Drinkers Lose Memory Faster With Age

A new study has found that men drinking heavily in mid-life experience faster declines in their cognitive abilities. The study, published in the journal Neurology, found that men who drank the equivalent of 2.5 drinks per day showed faster declines ...

Jan 23

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Study finds troubling relationship between drinking and PTSD symptoms ...

The estimated 9 percent of college students who have symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are likely to drink more alcohol than peers without the psychological condition. In turn, heavy alcohol consumption exacerbates their PTSD ...

Jan 22

Categories: Addictions, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) / Trauma / Complex ...

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Alcohol, tobacco and drug use higher in mentally ill

New research from the Washington University School of Medicine has revealed that compared with the general population, alcohol, tobacco and drug use is much higher among individuals who have psychotic disorders.

Jan 9

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Brain Stimulation Key To Developing New Anti-Smoking Treatments?

While tobacco use over the past couple of decades has gone down significantly, it’s still one of the country’s most entrenched habits. Finding a way to help smokers break the nicotine habit could save millions of lives. A new study has zeroed in ...

Dec 28

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CHANGE HABITS: Breaking Bad Behaviours

A habit, either good or bad is an automatic behavior that we engage in without thinking. So how do we change it?

Dec 10

Categories: Addictions, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Control Issues, Mindfulness

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Why Gamers Can’t Stop Playing First-Person Shooters

In the fall of 1992, a twentysomething college dropout and former juvenile offender named John Carmack was hard at work in Mesquite, Texas, on a new concept for a video game. It would merge the first-person perspective of a game like Myst with the ...

Dec 4

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Could saving the traditional pub be the answer to Britain’s binge ...

A research study finds evidence for the traditional pub as a site for restrained and responsible social interaction for young adults. The UK government wants further controls to restrict high street bars but on the other hand is concerned about the ...

Nov 20

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Gambling addicts present brain function abnormalities that affect ...

University of Granada researchers have analysed similarities and differences in psychological profile and brain function when comparing cocaine addicts and gambling addicts. The study reveals that gambling addicts present brain function ...

Nov 12

Categories: Addictions, Gambling Addiction

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Addicts May Be Seeking Relief from Emotional Lows More than Euphoric ...

Cocaine addicts may become trapped in drug binges - not because of the euphoric highs they are chasing but rather the unbearable emotional lows they desperately want to avoid. In a study published today online in Psychopharmacology, Rutgers ...

Nov 9

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New acupuncture treatment for addictions introduced

SINGAPORE: Patients diagnosed with addiction disorders can now undergo acupuncture treatment on top of their existing psychiatric and psychological treatments. A new acupuncture clinic has been set up by the National Addictions Management Service ...

Nov 7

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Scientists reduce behaviours associated with problem gambling in rats

With the help of a rat casino, University of British Columbia brain researchers have successfully reduced behaviours in rats that are commonly associated with compulsive gambling in humans. The study, which featured the first successful modeling of ...

Oct 31

Categories: Addictions, Gambling Addiction

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Quitting smoking easier for social media users

Smoking is a major public health problem, killing approximately 443,000 people every year in the United States. Quitting smoking can have a profound effect on a person's health, but it is also one of the hardest addictions to kick. A recent paper ...

Sep 27

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Using the web to combat youth alcoholism and depression

Australia - The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre is hopeful the first trial of an online intervention to help treat combined depression and alcohol abuse in young people will encourage more people to seek help. While other e-health ...

Sep 20

Categories: Addictions, Teenage Issues

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Drug addiction: The complex truth

Drugs are scary. The words “heroin” and “cocaine” make people flinch. It’s not just the associations with crime and harmful health effects, but also the notion that these substances can undermine the identities of those who take them. One ...

Sep 16

Categories: Addictions, Drug Addiction

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