Addiction News

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 ...

Gambling Issues Often Linked to Personality Disorders

November 26th, 2014
A new review suggest that individuals receiving treatment for gambling problems should also be screened for personality disorders. The recommendation comes after researchers from Monash University in Australia discovered treatment for gambling problems is often complicated because an individual may also suffer from ...

Progesterone Helps Cocaine-Addicted Women Stay Abstinent After Pregnancy

November 26th, 2014
Women with cocaine addiction who quit during pregnancy may have an easier time achieving long-term abstinence with the help of progesterone supplementation, according to a new study at Yale University. The study involved 50 pregnant women with cocaine use problems. Of all the ...

Anti-Anxiety, Sleep Drugs to Teens Comes with Abuse Risk

November 25th, 2014
New research discovers prescription of an anti-anxiety or sleeping medication to a teen comes with a risk of illegal abuse of medications by the teen. Experts say the findings suggest substance abuse assessments should be performed before the drugs are prescribed. University of Michigan ...

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 ...