Addiction News

Similar Brain Deficits Impact ADHD, Addiction, Conduct Disorder

August 13th, 2014
Emerging research has discovered that many common behavioral problems stem from the same neurocognitive deficits. The finding suggests that disorders may be detected, and cared for early in the spectrum of care by focusing on a few critical behaviors. Investigators from the University of ...

1 in 10 Cancer Survivors Still Smoke

August 10th, 2014
Approximately one in 10 cancer survivors will continue smoking after their diagnosis, according to new research by the American Cancer Society. The findings reveal that cigarette smoking can thwart cancer treatments, lower patient survival rates, and increase the risk of having a relapse. ...

Frequent Marijuana Use Bad for Teens’ Brains

August 10th, 2014
Smoking marijuana just once a week can have a “significant” negative effect on the brains of teenagers and young adults, including cognitive decline, poor attention and memory, and decreased IQ, according to psychologists discussing the health implications of legalizing marijuana at the ...

Risk Glorifying Video-Games Stimulate Bad Behaviors

August 5th, 2014
Emerging research suggests teenagers who play mature-rated, risk-glorifying video games are more likely to engage in a wide range of deviant behaviors. Dartmouth researchers found that playing the games increased subsequent risk of behaviors beyond aggression, including alcohol use, smoking cigarettes, delinquency, and ...

Life Stressors Trigger Alcohol Problems in Vets

August 1st, 2014
Timely new research discovers civilian stress events are more likely to trigger alcohol problems among veterans than among non-military personnel. Investigators found returning National Guard soldiers -- regardless of the traumatic events they experienced -- were more likely to develop a drinking ...

Depression Ups Smoking Cessation Challenge – Exercise Helpful

July 23rd, 2014
Smoking is often associated with depression with the mood disorder making it much more difficult to kick the habit. Often those that have the hardest time shaking off the habit may have more mental health issues than they are actually aware of. Those ...

Expressive Therapy Helps Women with HIV Avoid Isolation

July 14th, 2014
Emerging research suggest a group intervention technique can help women living with HIV disclose their health status and improve their social support. In turn, women gain self-efficacy and improve the safety and quality of their relationships. "Medication alone is totally insufficient," said the study's ...

Text Messages After ER Visit Can Reduce Binge Drinking

July 14th, 2014
A visit to the emergency room can end up a teachable moment when a tailored follow-up mobile text message is delivered the next day. Researchers discover young adults who screened positive for a history of hazardous or binge drinking reduced their binge drinking by more ...

Brain Activity in Sex Addicts Mirrors That of Drug Addicts

July 12th, 2014
A new study has found that pornography triggers brain activity in people with compulsive sexual behavior -- sometimes known as sex addiction -- similar to that triggered by drugs in the brains of drug addicts. Researchers at the University of Cambridge note that ...

Addiction Starts With Overcorrection in the Brain

July 5th, 2014
New research suggests that the process of a brain becoming addicted is similar to a driver overcorrecting a vehicle. When drugs and alcohol release unnaturally high levels of dopamine in the brain’s pleasure system, oxidative stress occurs in the brain, according to scientists ...