Marijuana dependence alters the brain's response to drug paraphernalia

New research from The University of Texas at Dallas demonstrates that drug paraphernalia triggers the reward areas of the brain differently in dependent and non-dependent marijuana users.

Jul 17

Categories: Drug Addiction


Brain activity in sex addiction mirrors that of drug addiction

Pornography triggers brain activity in people with compulsive sexual behaviour – known commonly as sex addiction – similar to that triggered by drugs in the brains of drug addicts, according to a University of Cambridge study.

Jul 15

Categories: Addictions, Drug Addiction, Sexual Problems / Sex Therapy


The Ice age

Rising crime rates are the tip of an insidious iceberg, as methamphetamine abuse cases soar in Australia. The methamphetamine drug called ice is the drug of choice among young people, and so powerful that it can take just one hit for its users to ...

Apr 11

Categories: Drug Addiction


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


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


Are children who take Ritalin for ADHD at greater risk of future drug ...

UCLA research has shown that that children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder are far more likely than other kids to develop serious substance abuse problems as adolescents and adults. But do stimulant medications used to treat ADHD ...

May 31

Categories: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Drug 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


Laser Light Zaps Away Cocaine Addiction

By stimulating one part of the brain with laser light, researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center at UC San Francisco (UCSF) have shown that they can wipe away addictive behavior in rats - ...

Apr 4

Categories: Addictions, Drug Addiction


Dating in middle school leads to higher dropout, drug-use rates

Students who date in middle school have significantly worse study skills, are four times more likely to drop out of school and report twice as much alcohol, tobacco and marijuana use than their single classmates, according to new research from the ...

Mar 18

Categories: Addictions, Child Development, Drug Addiction


If You Are Impulsive, Take Modafinil and Count to Ten

Poor impulse control contributes to one's inability to control the consumption of rewarding substances, like food, alcohol, and other drugs. This can lead to the development of addiction. FDA-approved medications for alcoholism, like naltrexone ...

Feb 4

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