Addiction News

Financial Incentives Help Socially Disadvantaged Smokers Quit

November 18th, 2014
Small financial incentives appear to provide a great dividend in helping socioeconomically disadvantaged smokers just say “no.” Researchers from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) found that providing an incentive in the form of weekly cash gift cards improved ...

Rat Study Suggests Oxycodone Can Cause Long-term Behavioral Changes

November 18th, 2014
New research using a rat model suggests even brief usage of the painkiller oxycodone may impair behavior in a person even after use of the medication ends. Investigators believe use of oxycodone may result in a “cognitive hangover” that can lead to enduring ...

Brain Imaging Shows What Puts Teens at Risk for Substance Abuse

November 16th, 2014
A series of four experiments by neuroscientists at Georgetown University Medical Center are helping researchers zero in on what puts teens at risk of alcohol use and abuse even before they start drinking. The experiments are part of the Adolescent Development Study, an ...

Study Probes Neuroscience of Bipolar Risk-Taking

November 10th, 2014
Researchers are beginning to discover some of the reasons why bipolar disorder can cause people to engage in risky behavior. The condition involves fluctuating depression and mania. In the manic stage, the patient often feels intense excitement and irritability, which can trigger ...

Insomnia in Early Addiction Recovery Ups Relapse Risk

November 8th, 2014
Insomnia is a "prevalent and persistent" problem for patients in the early phases of recovery from the disease of addiction -- and may lead to an increased risk of relapse. "Treating sleep disturbance in early recovery may have considerable impact on maintenance of ...

Mice Study Suggests Exposure to Smoke Can Lead to Weight Gain

November 5th, 2014
While many people smoke as a means to control their weight, provoking new research suggests the effects of smoking can actually cause weight gain. The finding comes with a caveat as the potential to gain weight comes from exposure to secondhand smoke. “For people ...

1 in 5 Americans Face Chronic Pain

October 28th, 2014
A new analysis suggests nearly one in five U.S. adults are in pain most every day for spells of three months or longer. Researchers estimate the 39 million adults in persistent pain outnumber the residents of our most populous state, California. According to previous ...

Mindfulness Tied to Better Physical Health

October 24th, 2014
New research suggests being aware of and paying attention to what you are thinking and feeling in the moment is associated with better health. While the practice of mindfulness has received considerable attention for relieving stress and depression, the new study discovers physical ...

Pathological Gambling Linked to Brain’s Altered Opioid System

October 19th, 2014
New research shows that the natural opioid system in the brains of pathological gamblers responds differently, which may help explain why gambling can become an addiction. A group of UK researchers note that gambling is widespread, with about 70 percent of the British ...

Home Visits Decrease Drug Use, Depression in Pregnant Teens

October 12th, 2014
New research has found that parenting and health education provided in the homes of pregnant American Indian teens reduced the girls' illegal drug use, depression, and behavior problems. Researchers at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health said they also found that ...