Tag: addiction research

  • About addiction: DUI, Alcohol Taxes, Underage Drinking, and Addiction treatment

    Back again, like so many Mondays before, to tell you all about addiction research, news, and more from around the world wide web. New York and Texas tough on DUI offenders Everything Addiction– If you find yourself convicted of a DUI in New York State, you’ll have to install one of those ignition interlocks that […]

  • Rehab is easy, Recovery is hard – Making addiction treatment work

    Here’s another article from Sarah Henderson, one of our readers who’s recovered from a long battle with eating disorders and is living with bipolar disorder. She’s very candid about her experiences with addiction treatment, which I like a lot, and her unique view on food addictions (or eating disorders) fills a nice gap  in my […]

  • Hold that needle: Acupuncture for holistic addiction treatment?

    Acupuncture treatment is supposed to help heal numerous conditions including cancer, depression, and more. Well, when it comes to addiction treatment, poking with needles seems to provide pretty mixed results. Holistic addiction treatment – Addiction research fact or fiction? The use of holistic addiction treatment methods, especially ones that originate in disciplines outside of Western […]

  • Is the drinking age getting lower and lower? Teenage alcoholism

    We’ve already mentioned that kids tend to get in quite a bit of trouble during their teen years (see here). Well, adolescence is also a time when the brain is developing and therefore is at a high risk for damage, especially when alcohol abuse enters the picture. Early use means more alcoholism later While the […]

  • How doctors treat doctors with drug use problems: Addiction treatment that works

    Physician Health Programs (PHP) are reporting an astonishing success rate when it comes to providing addiction treatment for addicted doctors: Only about 20% of doctors ever test positive after being admitted to the program within a 5 year period. More than 70% maintain their license and continue working within the same 5 year period. These […]

  • Addicts’ brains depressed but normal users… normal.

    A paper that’s about to be published in the journal Science has found at least part of the difference between the brains of addicted individuals and those that use recreationally. The question as to why only some people get addicted to drugs has been a difficult one to answer. Still, there’s no doubt that only […]

  • About Addiction: Smoking, Alcohol, Painkillers, Prescriptions

    This are new, interesting articles about addiction. Check out the links to the articles, and give us your feedback. Smoking and related issues Health Day: Smoking increases the risk of age-related macular degeneration, a disease that robs people of their sight. Reuters: When cigarette smokers quit smoking, chronic stress levels may go down. This should […]

  • The brain after cocaine – White matter damage and addiction treatment

    The brain damage left behind after long-term cocaine use can apparently tell us quite a bit about how well a cocaine addict will do in addiction treatment – as long as we assess the right kind of damage. Different kinds of brain matter I’ve talked before about the fact that use of cocaine, and other […]

  • NIDA and ONDCP – American policy on addiction research

    At this year’s College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) Annual Meeting, I got to hear, and talk to, some of the most influential players in the American addiction research field. Here are a few highlights from their talks and our discussion: Dr. Nora Volkow of NIDA talked about a shift from Genome Wide Association […]

  • One is too many, a thousand not enough: Does a slip or relapse mean the end?

    Breaking news: When alcoholics who have gone through treatment have a drink after a certain length of sobriety, most don’t go off the deep end. Slip scares and abstinence relapse The old AA adage: “One drink is too many, and a thousand not enough,” refers to the fact that alcoholics who are sober are assumed […]