About Addiction:Elder Abuse, Excercise, and Smoking

Yes, you got it. This is the place to get some of the most recent, and most interesting information about addiction from experts who study addiction as a specialty. Our “About Addiction” posts cover some of the latest information from the WWW that addresses addiction specifically or issues related to addiction. Enjoy!

Drugs: Smoking, Placebo Effect, and Elder Abuse

PsyPost-Smoking cigarettes at an early age may make people more prone to using illicit drugs such as cannabis when they are older. Risk factors that are associated with smoking include externalizing problems such as impulsiveness. By the time teens are seventeen years old 15% of girls and 12% of boys have used cannabis in the past.

Psychology Today– It seems like most people have heard of the placebo effect. Previously individuals thought that a person had to be told that they were taking effective medications in order for the placebo to work but this is not the case according to a study at Harvard that we covered for the Psychology Today version of A3. Individuals were being treated for irritable bowel syndrome and were put into two groups. One group got no treatment while another group got a sugar pill which was labeled “placebo pills”.  Those taking the placebo pills reported feeling better than those who received no treatment.

Science DailyElderly individuals who are victims of elder abuse are more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol. This drug and alcohol abuse was particularly common in females and people who have some sort of mental illness. Alcohol and drug abuse are linked to physical abuse of elderly individuals.

ABCNews– A study was conducted which found that the earlier teens start drinking the more likely they are to deal with substance abuse disorder. This was particularly prevalent with heavy teen drinking (between 18-21 drinks a week, so pretty heavy drinking!). For more information check out the video and see an interview with our very own Dr. Adi Jaffe!

Addiction Treatment- Being an Educated Parent and Exercise

Breaking the cycles-Teaching children often seems to be the number one thing that parents want to do for their children. Another thing they can do is to be educated about their children. Parent denial is a common threat that teens face when they are doing things such as smoking a joint or popping pills. Parents don’t want to think that their child is the “bad” kid and often tend to think about their friends as bad influences. For tips and information about addiction check out this article!

Addiction Inbox– A study has found a connection between exercise and getting high. The study suggests the runners high and the high people get from cannabis are striking similar. Additionally, exercise has been found to curb cravings for addictive drugs.  Does this mean that exercise will be the new “it” treatment for trying to combat drug addiction? Only time can tell, but as we’ve talked about on A3 before it probably can’t hurt.

TheWest- There is new funding for an addict Naltrexone implant program. This program will fund naltrexone impants for drug addicts. As we’ve mentioned here on A3, this new form of injectable-depot naltrexone (called Vivitrol) allows naltrexone to stay in a patients system for 30 days at a time. The naltrexone (an opiate antagonist) then stops opiate molecules from having an effect and addicts have no reaction (or a much reduced reaction) to heroin and other opiates. Due to its effect on the body’s opioid system, Vivitrol has even been shown to be effective for reducing alcohol relapse. Sounds good to us!

About Addiction: Bath Salts, DUI’s and Anxiety Addiction

Do you care about addiction? Of course you do, otherwise you probably wouldn’t be reading this right now. Well, you’ve come to the right place A3 will try to address all your questions, but for now, you’ve stumbled onto our weekly links post full of information about addiction from around the world wide web. So enjoy!

Drugs: Bath salts, menthol cigarettes, and Charlie Sheen

PhoenixHouseOC-Geoff Henderson, the senior director for Phoenix House, the country’s largest nonprofit provider of substance use disorder and behavioral health treatment services recently attended the hearing in Los Angeles to ban bath salts. He gave his interpretation on the bath salts issue, emphasizing that in our world today we have an increasing amount of access to a variety of substances and that new things are continuously emerging that individuals might try. For more of Henderson’s thoughts check out his blog.

Star-Telegram– A study has been conducted which found that adding menthol to cigarettes may increase the likelihood of addiction. Menthol cigarettes are considered to be so dangerous because they have a cooling and anesthetic effect which may get more adolescents to smoke. There is a debate to see if menthol cigarettes should be banned. Right now they make up 30 percent of the cigarette market and are favored by 80 percent of African American smokers.

Psychology Today– Charlie Sheen is the latest celebrity that is dealing with drug addiction. He has previously mentioned that he did not want to go to rehab because he thought that he could clean himself up and expressed his disdain for everything 12-steps. A lot of people thought that this was ridiculous but here is an article in which Dr. Stanton Peele agrees with Charlie. Dr. Peele believes that a person can be fixed if they are being forced to do so and that I why he agrees with Charlie Sheen that only he can overcome his addiction on his own. Read this article to get a different opinion on addiction treatment.  You can check out this article for Dr. Jaffe’s take on the same issue.

Alcohol-The youth and DUI’s

Medical News Today– A new study by (SAMHSA) found that 5.9 percent of adolescents aged 12 to 14 drank alcohol and about 317,000 of them received this alcohol from their parents or got it at home. This can dangerous because being exposed to alcohol at an early age can expose at-risk children to an increased risk of alcohol abuse and addiction later on in their lives. Parents should be educated about such risk factors and about limiting access and increasing education for at risk youth.

Contra Coast Times– A man who was arrested for driving under the influence was found guilty of a DUI after showing up to his pretrial hearing drunk. The man ran his vehicle off the road into a barbed wire fence back in 2010. At the time of the arrest his blood alcohol level was more than four times the legal limit.

The Daily Beast– Can there be such a thing as anxiety addiction? Some individuals think so. A study was conducted that found that during demanding and stressful circumstances our bodies cultivate and thrive on anxiety. The study found that during a stressful circumstance is was possible that some individuals use anxiety to boost cognitive performance while others are comforted by anxiety.  Whether this should be called addiction, I’m not sure, but the idea of anxiety as rewarding is interesting.