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

Categories: Addictions


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


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


Mental and substance use disorders collectively cause more disability ...

MENTAL and substance use disorders are the leading cause of disability worldwide, a study led by Queensland researchers has found. Psychiatrist Harvey Whiteford, of the University of Queensland, said conditions such as depression, anxiety, ...

Sep 2

Categories: Addictions


Depression and alcohol burdens Australia

Mental illness and substance abuse are the leading causes of non-fatal illness in the world, according to the latest part of major research into the global burden of disease. And the issues are second only to musculoskeletal diseases as causes of ...

Aug 30

Categories: Addictions, Depression


Meditation may help reduce smoking, study says

Meditating just a modest amount may help curb cigarette smoking, even in smokers who don’t intend to quit, according to a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. After a few hours of meditation, smokers ...

Aug 12

Categories: Addictions, Mindfulness Meditation


Alcoholism Could Be Linked to a Hyper-Active Brain Dopamine System

Research from McGill University suggests that people who are vulnerable to developing alcoholism exhibit a distinctive brain response when drinking alcohol, according to a new study by Prof. Marco Leyton, of McGill University's Department of ...

Aug 4

Categories: Addictions


Why shopaholics overspend? Poor credit management, buying to boost ...

Why do shopping addicts keep spending even in the face of harmful financial, emotional and social consequences? A new study suggests poor credit management and a belief that new purchases will create a happier life fuel compulsive ...

Aug 2

Categories: Addictions


Is Sexual Addiction a mental disorder?

Controversy exists over what some mental health experts call "hypersexuality," or sexual "addiction." Namely, is it a mental disorder at all, or something else? It failed to make the cut in the recently updated Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of ...

Jul 20

Categories: Addictions


Impulsive adolescents more likely to drink heavily

Scientists at the University of Liverpool have shown that young people who show impulsive tendencies are more prone to drinking heavily at an early age. The research suggests that targeting personality traits, such as impulsivity, could potentially ...

Jul 4

Categories: Addictions, Child and/or Adolescent Issues, Inattention, Impulsivity, ...


Ritalin Shows Promise in Treating Addiction

A single dose of a commonly-prescribed attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drug helps improve brain function in cocaine addiction, according to an imaging study conducted by researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. ...

Jun 28

Categories: Addictions, Drug Addiction


What is Love Addiction?

People develop addictions to shield themselves from intolerably painful feelings. An addiction always creates harmful, often ignored consequences. Only when the addiction becomes unmanageable will people do something about it. Love addicts spend ...

May 27

Categories: Addictions, Love addiction


Girls Who Are Sexually Abused More Likely to Start Using Substances ...

Many studies have confirmed the link between childhood sexual abuse and substance-related problems in adulthood. But a new investigation finds that being raped or molested at a young age also makes young girls far more likely to start drinking or ...

May 25

Categories: Addictions, Drug Addiction, Sexual Abuse


Aggressive behaviour linked specifically to secondhand smoke exposure ...

Children who are exposed to secondhand smoke in early childhood are more likely to grow up to physically aggressive and antisocial, regardless of whether they were exposed during pregnancy or their parents have a history of being antisocial, ...

May 23

Categories: Addictions, Child Development


1 in 10 teens using ‘study drugs,’ but parents aren’t paying ...

As high schoolers prepare for final exams, teens nationwide may be tempted to use a “study drug” — a prescription stimulant or amphetamine — to gain an academic edge. But a new University of Michigan poll shows only one in 100 parents of ...

May 22

Categories: Addictions, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Child ...