Substance Abuse News

Kids’ Poor Decision-Making May Predict Teen Issues

October 23rd, 2014
A new study suggests a display of poor decision making during primary school increases the risk of interpersonal and behavioral difficulties during adolescence. However, experts view decision-making as a skill and something that can be taught during youth. Joshua Weller, Ph.D., an assistant professor ...

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 ...

Caregiving Kids May Be at Risk

October 12th, 2014
While most preteens and adolescents play sports or video games after school, new research has found that more than 1.3 million kids spend their free time caring for a family member who suffers from a physical or mental illness or substance misuse. These ...

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 ...

Binge Drinking Can Amplify Liver Damage

October 9th, 2014
Emerging research suggests binge drinking can lead to changes in liver proteins that may result in cirrhosis and cancer. University of Missouri researchers discovered binge drinking or over-consumption of alcohol is especially dangerous among those who already drink a lot. “We know that chronic ...

Is Sexting Normal?

October 7th, 2014
Provocative new research suggests sexting may be a new "normal" part of adolescent sexual development and is not strictly limited to at-risk teens. Researchers have published their findings on teenage sexting and future sexual activity in the journal Pediatrics. Sexting is sending sexually explicit ...

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 ...

Changing Harmful Social Norms to Combat Gender-Based Violence

September 24th, 2014
A new study discusses the challenge of developing effective strategies to change traditional, but inequitable and harmful community norms that can lead to gender-based violence. In the review, Georgetown University researchers acknowledge that gender-based violence affects the physical and mental health of girls ...

Family Dinners Remain the Norm

September 22nd, 2014
Despite the hectic pace of living in the United States in the 21st century, a new study finds that even without kids in the house, most adults continue to sit down and have dinner with a spouse or another family member on ...