A Gene Required For Addictive Behavior

Cocaine can have a devastating effect on people. It directly stimulates the brain's reward center, and, more importantly, induces long-term changes to the reward circuitry that are responsible for addictive behaviors. Scientists have now uncovered ...

Jul 21

Categories: Addictions, Drug Addiction

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Childhood Adversity Increases Susceptibility to Addiction Via Immune ...

Childhood adversity permanently alters the peripheral and central immune systems, increasing the sensitivity of the body's immune response to cocaine, reports a new study.

Jul 19

Categories: Addictions, Drug Addiction

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Human Drug Addiction Behaviors Tied To Specific Impairments in 6 ...

Systematic review of task-related neuroimaging studies found addicted individuals demonstrate increased activity in certain networks during drug-related processing but decreased activity across all other functions.

Jun 12

Categories: Addictions, Drug Addiction

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Magnetic Stimulation Dampens Brain Response to Drug Cues in Addiction

Noninvasive brain stimulation techniques such as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) can dampen brain activity in response to drug cues in chronic alcohol users and chronic cocaine users.

May 23

Categories: Addictions, Drug Addiction

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The Paradox of Addiction

The Addiction Paradox Conundrum: Chronic pain management and skyrocketing death rates? People are increasingly becoming addicted to opiates, marking dangerous times ahead. New approaches to this addiction are needed. Pronto.

Nov 16

Categories: Addictions, Chronic Pain, Drug Addiction

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The Psychology of Addiction

People who are not addicted to illicit substances may wonder how people get addicted, and why they would put themselves in a position that compromises many aspects of their life. Truth is, addicts often have little control over the psychological ...

Jul 15

Categories: Addictions, Drug Addiction

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Cannabis reduces creativity

Regular users of cannabis are less aware of their own mistakes, and they are not good at creative thinking. This is the conclusion drawn by psychologist Mikael Kowal from his research on the effects of cannabis.

Oct 6

Categories: Creative Blocks, Drug Addiction

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Study points to cannabis' effect on emotion processing

According to researchers, cannabis significantly affects users' ability to recognize, process and empathize with human emotions like happiness, sadness and anger.

Mar 2

Categories: Drug Addiction, Emotional Abuse, Other

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Why Prison Drug Treatment Fails

Why is prison drug treatment such a failure? A counselor, an expert and two former inmates weigh in.

Dec 14

Categories: Addictions, Drug Addiction

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When Eating Disorders and Drug Addiction Collide

Most people think of eating disorders and drug addiction as separate and distinct issues, but as many people who suffer with these maladies know firsthand, there is often significant overlap between the two.

Dec 1

Categories: Addictions, Drug Addiction, Eating Disorders

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Does Anticipating Temptation Help You Resist Temptation?

Temptations can capture your motivational system and drive you to do something that is not in your long-term best interests. If you prepare for those temptations, though, you may be better able to resist them.

Sep 19

Categories: Addictions, Control Issues, Drug Addiction, Gambling Addiction, Love ...

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Kick-boxing course helps Hong Kong drug abusers kick the habit

Hooked on drugs since she was 13, Elaine cured her addiction by kicking and punching to upbeat music. The 25-year-old, who declined to reveal her real name, has finally waved goodbye to drugs after six years in and out of rehabilitation centres. A ...

Sep 1

Categories: Addictions, Drug Addiction

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Hospital-wide program for delirium, alcohol withdrawal and ...

Brigham and Women's Hospital finds that developing and implementing an interdisciplinary care improvement initiative improves outcomes.

Jul 2

Categories: Addictions, Drug Addiction, Suicide Prevention

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Environmental factors account for the link between cannabis and ...

A great deal of previous research has suggested a link between cannabis use and psychotic episodes. New research suggests that this association is due mostly to shared environmental factors rather than direct causation or shared genetic risk factors.

Jun 12

Categories: Drug Addiction

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Careful of your painkillers, it might just kill your positivity

A new study finds Acetaminophen/Tylenol/Paracetemol could just kill positive emotions. The painkiller could blunt both physical and psychological pain. This is the first time one tries to test the popular painkiller’s effect on both negative and ...

Apr 18

Categories: Drug Addiction, Emotional Abuse, Pain management

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