Tag: disease

  • About Addiction: School, prescriptions, heroin and morality

    It’s Monday and you get another great summary of news and research about addiction that have been making noise this week. If you care about addiction and about recovery, you know you want to stay abreast of what’s important and A3 wants to give you just that! So read on.. Recovery High: A new kind […]

  • About Addiction: food, treatment, babies and teens

    Our weekly About Addiction summaries are back! Make sure to tune in for the latest in research and news coverage of the drug abuse and drug addiction landscape. This time we’re talking about the food and drug addiction connection, drug using baby boomers, accidents, addicted babies, and drug using teens during summer breaks. If you […]

  • THC for Huntington’s Disease? Cannabinoid receptors are important for more than drug use

    Here at A3, we believe in equal opportunity. We recognize that saying we have an addiction problem is not the same as saying we have a drug use problem and that just because some people abuse substances (or belief systems) doesn’t means that these have no actual value when not abused. Enter this recent paper […]

  • Why the addiction-brain connection has to be part of the addiction treatment picture

    Dr. Dodes recent article, apparently trying to blow up the myth of addiction as a neurophysiological disorder, sounded persuasive, although its underpinning was oversimplified and it’s understanding of the brain-science involved in addiction, and other associated mental health disorders, was lacking. Hopefully, by presenting a more complete picture of the evidence for a brain-aspect to […]

  • About Addiction: HIV, smoking, obesity and steroids

    We have some wonderful new links about addiction for you to explore and learn through: Clinical Trials (for anyone interested in participating):  This is the description of a study which is currently recruiting participants to test the neurocognitive effects of buprenorphine among HIV positive and HIV negative opioid-users. The researchers hypothesize that the reasoning abilities […]

  • How can you offer addiction help?

    The question that seems to be on everybody’s mind (except perhaps that of the addict), is: SO HOW CAN I HELP ?!?!? – One of the first things you must do if you want to help someone with an addiction is to educate yourself. Obviously, you are already beginning the process by reading blogs like […]

  • Addiction causes – Drug addiction as a chronic disease makes sense

    The stigma of addiction is alive and well. Whether you believe in the disease model or not, it seems that people’s judgments regarding what it means to be an addict are well entrenched. I’d like to work on that a bit. Why is addiction a disease? In numerous posts on this site I’ve addressed issues […]

  • Addiction causes – Genetic variability related to attention, impulsivity, and drug use.

    It will probably come as no surprise to at least most of you that addiction is closely linked to problems of self-regulation (like ADD and ADHD). This is one of the main reasons that professionals view addiction as a disease, and not a choice. This post is pretty advanced, but it should leave you knowing […]