Addiction News

Strong Attention Skills Can Help Some Teens Avoid Substance Use Problems

October 3rd, 2014
New research suggests teens with strong executive attention skills -- the ability to focus on task and ignore distractions -- are more likely to avoid substance abuse issues after early drug experimentation. University of Oregon researchers say that the positive traits are components of a ...

Substance Abuse Treatment Cuts Violence Risk In Severely Mentally Ill

October 2nd, 2014
A new study suggests treating the substance abuse problems of those with severe mental illness can reduce their risk of future violence. Severe mental illness is often accompanied by substance abuse. In these cases, it is often difficult to determine if interventions should focus ...

Women with PTSD at Greater Risk for Food Addiction

September 27th, 2014
Women with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are at greater risk for developing a food addiction, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Minnesota. In fact, women who show severe symptoms of PTSD are twice as likely to meet ...

Magic Mushrooms Can Help Longtime Smokers Quit

September 13th, 2014
Smokers who had previously experienced many failed attempts to quit the habit were finally able to do so after two or three doses of psilocybin -- the active ingredient in magic mushrooms -- during a cognitive behavioral therapy treatment program. The study ...

Addicted to Eating But Not to Foods

September 10th, 2014
New research suggests people do not become addicted to donuts or sodas, but they can become addicted to eating for its own sake. UK researchers discovered the brain does not respond to nutrients in the same way as it does to addictive drugs ...

Little Knowledge, Lots of Overdose Risk for Young Opioid Users

September 7th, 2014
A new study explores for the first time the relationship between non-medical prescription opioid (PO) use in young adults, their knowledge and experience of overdose, and the likelihood of overdose. Opioid-involved overdoses have become a growing public health concern in the last ...

E-Cigarettes Give Boost to Quitting Smoking

September 6th, 2014
E-cigarettes dramatically boost smokers' chances of successfully quitting, according to recent research. Professor Robert West, Ph.D., of University College London, UK, said, "E-cigarettes could substantially improve public health because of their widespread appeal and the huge health gains associated with stopping smoking." The deaths ...

Rat Study: Females More Sensitive to Cannabis

September 6th, 2014
Due to higher estrogen levels, females are at least 30 percent more sensitive to the pain-relieving effects of THC (the active ingredient in cannabis) compared to males, according to a new rat study at Washington State University (WSU). Females are also more susceptible ...

College Students In Study Spend 8 to 10 Hours Daily on Cell Phone

August 31st, 2014
A new study from researchers at Baylor University has found that women college students spend an average of 10 hours a day on their cell phones, while men students spend nearly eight hours. “That’s astounding,” said lead author James Roberts, Ph.D., Ben H. ...

3 Factors Tied To Sky-High Suicide Rate Among MDs

August 30th, 2014
A new analysis finds an astonishingly high rate of suicide among physicians in the following categories: those who were found unfit to practice; those in solo practice; or those who were taking benzodiazepine (anti-anxiety) drugs. The analysis, published in the journal General Hospital ...