Binge-drinkers’ brains have to work harder to feel empathy for ...

People who binge-drink show more extensive dysfunction across their brains than previously realised, a new study from the University of Sussex has shown. The research shows that binge-drinkers’ brains have to put more effort into trying to feel ...

Sep 21

Categories: Addictions, Empathy


Marijuana May Boost Risky Effects of Drinking Alcohol

Consuming marijuana and alcohol simultaneously can result in individuals drinking alcohol more frequently and also in greater amounts. However, many individuals might be unaware of this as they often overlook the dangers of combining various ...

Aug 16

Categories: Addictions


Adults Who Mix Cannabis with Opioids for Pain Report Higher Anxiety, ...

While opioids and cannabis have pain reduction effects, using both substances together might have undesirable effects on the consumer. Recent studies have found that individuals who mix both types of substances did not feel additional pain ...

Aug 15

Categories: Addictions, Anxiety, Chronic Pain, Depression, Drug Addiction


This Diary Study Suggests It’s Probably Not A Good Idea To Use ...

Some people might be thrilled by the legalisation of marijuana in various parts of the world, believing that satisfying sleep is heading their way. However, a new study by researchers at Syracuse University begs to differ. While marijuana might ...

Jul 22

Categories: Addictions, Drug Addiction, Sleep Disorders


Ignoring Cues for Alcohol and Fast Food is Hard -- But is it Out of ...

Stress, tiredness as well as being busy with other tasks can cause us to experience difficulties resisting temptations.

Jul 9

Categories: Addictions


Brain Imaging May Help Identify Teens at Risk of Increasing Alcohol ...

Alcoholism is more common in adolescents who have a greater amount of grey matter in certain brain regions, according to results from brain imaging. Such findings might be helpful in providing youths at risk with more help, as it allows us to ...

Jul 5

Categories: Addictions, Child and/or Adolescent Issues


How the Internet may be changing the Brain

Researchers from Western Sydney University, Harvard University, Kings College, Oxford University and University of Manchester have found that the Internet can produce both acute and sustained alterations in specific areas of cognition, which may ...

Jun 17

Categories: Addictions, Social Isolation


Formation of Habitual Use Drives Cannabis Addiction

Brain regions in charge of processing rewards are involved in promoting heavy cannabis use, but not all heavy cannabis users are dependent on the drug. A recent study has suggested that regions controlling habit formation are more responsible for ...

Jun 14

Categories: Addictions, Drug Addiction


Alcohol Use Disorder: A Step Toward Treatment?

Mood disorders and alcohol use disorder are both challenging to treat. A recent study concludes that a pathway involved in both conditions could be positively influenced by a commercially available chemical.

Feb 13

Categories: Addictions, Depression, Mood Swings / Bipolar


Heavy Drinking may Change DNA, Leading to Increased Craving for ...

Binge and heavy drinking may cause a long-lasting genetic change, resulting in an even greater craving for alcohol. Researchers are looking into these biomarkers and potentially able to find out an individual's risk for binge and heavy drinking.

Feb 8

Categories: Addictions


What is Addiction, Anyway?

Stigma, myth, and controversy continue to surround the concept of addiction; what it is, who ends up addicted, and what causes it. The focus here is to reduce stigma, dispel myths and hopefully clarify some controversy through focusing on the ...

Jan 14

Categories: Addictions, Drug Addiction, Gambling Addiction


The Science behind Technology Addiction

This article talks about how games make use of certain psychological aspects that keep children addicted to their phones.

Oct 25

Categories: Addictions, Child Development


Relationship between Bipolar Disorder and Addiction

This article talks about how being Bipolar can affect an addict or someone going through recovery from addiction.

Sep 11

Categories: Addictions, Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions, Bipolar, Health / ...


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


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