Addiction News

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 ...

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 ...