Tag: craving

  • About Addiction: Drug use and crime, increasing marijuana use, cravings and brain function

    Check out the newest links about addiction. Leave us your feedback! Drug use & Crime Huffington Post: Over 5,000 lives were taken in drug related crimes in Mexico in the past year. Drug trade related violence is linked directly to the rising levels of drug use worldwide. Marijuana use Bloomberg Businessweek: For the first time […]

  • 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 […]

  • Drug use cravings, obsessions, and trying to get clean…

    When I first got sober, everything I thought about had something to do with drugs. It wasn’t just that I always thought of getting high, but everything in my life was tied to drugs, especially crystal meth. My drug use centered life I used to make music in my studio, but I was always smoking […]

  • Triggers and relapse, a craving connection for addicts

    I’ve already written about one reason why cravings make quitting difficult (find it here). However, cravings and triggers are not just abstract concepts; they are well known, important players in addiction research and I think they deserve some more attention. What are triggers? A trigger can be thought of as anything that brings back thoughts, […]

  • Cravings – The all consuming experience of wanting something

    In my studies of addiction, the concept of cravings comes up often. Researchers talk of “wanting” versus “liking” of drugs and of the idea that cravings are a programmed response to environmental signals that have been connected to drug use through experience. What are cravings? I agree with these descriptions and the idea that cravings […]

  • Cigarettes, smoking, and drinking alcohol – The connection that may help you quit smoking

    Contributing co-author: Andrew Chen It’s no secret that alcohol and cigarettes go hand in hand, but for most drinker-smokers, the reasons are probably a mystery. Does alcohol simply make people less able to control urges or is there something more direct about the connection between the two? Alcohol reduces control over cravings A recent field […]

  • Proteins and cocaine: Addiction is a disease, not a question of morality.

    While there are some people who still argue about whether drug addiction is a disease or a condition that results from the moral failing of an individual, most of the scientific community has long agreed that there are at least some influences on it that are far beyond a person’s control. I’ve mentioned the genetic […]

  • The context of my addiction – Environmental effect on drug use???

    When most people think about addiction, they imagine a person completely unable to control their cravings, always wanting the thing they’re addicted to. That was certainly my experience throughout most of my addiction. So what happens when you just can’t have it? What happens when drug use is just not allowed? What happens if your […]

  • About addiction: Jail, drug Czar, cravings, and modafinil

    Check out these recent must-read posts about addiction (and our related posts on the bottom if you click the post title!!!): Addiction Inbox – Drug-addicts punished in NY Addiction Tomorrow – The new drug czar Breaking the cycles – Help with cravings Neurotopia – Modafinil Vs. Cocaine