Addiction News

Brain Imaging Shows Overactive Habit System in OCD

December 20th, 2014
A new study has found that misfiring of the brain’s habit control system may be behind the compulsions in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The study, led by Dr. Claire Gillan and Professor Trevor Robbins of the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge, ...

Internet Addiction is Worldwide Issue

December 19th, 2014
Experts define Internet addiction as an impulse-control problem distinguished by an inability to inhibit Internet use. This addiction can adversely affect a person's life, including their health and interpersonal relationships, reports a new study. Researchers, however, did not find an association between high levels ...

Common Factors for Teens at Risk for Alcohol Abuse

December 17th, 2014
Neuroscientists are homing in on key brain factors and behaviors that put teens at risk for alcohol abuse even before they start drinking, according to new research at Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC). So far, they have found that teens at risk for ...

‘Technoference’ Tied to Lower Relationship Quality

December 16th, 2014
In a new study, couples who allowed technology to frequently interrupt their time together (even when it's unintentional) also reported lower relationship satisfaction, more depressive symptoms, and lower life satisfaction overall. There is a word for this new phenomenon: "technoference." The term, coined ...

E-Cigarettes Less Addictive Than Cigarettes

December 14th, 2014
For former tobacco smokers, e-cigarettes appear to be less addictive than regular cigarettes, and this could shed new light on the role that various nicotine delivery devices play on addiction, according to a new study published in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco ...

Mindfulness Found to Reduce Opioid Use

December 8th, 2014
A new program for people with chronic pain helps individuals reduce the need for opioid medications. Researchers from the University of Utah developed a program called Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE) that applies mindfulness techniques to alleviate pain and craving. The MORE intervention concentrates on ...

Brain Activity Just After Quitting Smoking May Predict Relapse

December 7th, 2014
Smokers who attempt to quit but end up relapsing within seven days exhibit specific disruptions in the brain’s working memory system during their time of smoking abstinence, according to a new study by Penn Medicine. This distinct neural activity -- mainly a decrease ...

More Smartphone Use Leads to ‘Leisure Distress’

December 6th, 2014
A new study has found that young adults who are high-frequency smartphone users experience “leisure distress,” defined as feeling uptight, stressed, and anxious during free time. “The high-frequency cell phone user may not have the leisure skills necessary to creatively fill their free ...

Adult Cigarette Smoking Hits Lowest Rate Since 1965

December 1st, 2014
The prevalence of adult cigarette smoking has hit at an all-time low since 1965, the year the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) began keeping track, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In fact, the adult ...

Most Problem Drinkers Not Alcohol-Dependent

November 30th, 2014
Nine out of 10 adults who have a drinking problem are not alcohol dependent -- instead, they are binge drinkers and/or excessive drinkers, according to a new study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Substance Abuse and ...