Substance Abuse News

Common Factors for Teens at Risk for Alcohol Abuse

December 17th, 2014
Neuroscientists are homing in on key brain factors and behaviors that put teens at risk for alcohol abuse even before they start drinking, according to new research at Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC). So far, they have found that teens at risk for ...

Teen ADHD + Conduct Disorder = Substance Abuse

December 11th, 2014
New research finds that teens diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and conduct disorder are more likely to use alcohol and tobacco. The Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center study is among the first to assess such an association in this age group. Conduct disorder ...

Mindfulness Found to Reduce Opioid Use

December 8th, 2014
A new program for people with chronic pain helps individuals reduce the need for opioid medications. Researchers from the University of Utah developed a program called Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE) that applies mindfulness techniques to alleviate pain and craving. The MORE intervention concentrates on ...

Parental Violence Has Different Effect On Boys, Girls

December 4th, 2014
Case Western Reserve University researchers have found that girls and boys can be affected differently by seeing parental violence. While girls tend to internalize their exposure to such violence, boys are more inclined to act out aggressively says Megan R. Holmes, Ph.D., M.S.W., ...

Paranoia Explored in Cannabis Study

November 30th, 2014
Recent findings are helping to explain cannabis's paranoia-inducing effects. The main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. It is well known that THC impairs cognitive functioning. But studies of other effects on the brain have yielded conflicting results. Professor Daniel Freeman of ...

Teens with Head Trauma Far More Likely to Use Drugs, Alcohol

November 30th, 2014
Teens who have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) are two to four times more likely to use drugs or alcohol, compared with teens with no history of TBI, according to new research published in The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. "Overall, a teen ...

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 ...

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 ...