Substance Abuse News

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 ...

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 ...

‘Smart Drugs’ May Have Negative Effects

November 13th, 2014
A new study suggests so-called "smart drugs" such as modafinil (brand name Provigil) may have negative effects in healthy people. Currently, it is claimed that one in five students have taken modafinil to boost their ability to study and improve their chances of exam ...

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 ...

Pregnant Women with PTSD More Prone to Premature Birth

November 9th, 2014
Pregnant women with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are at an increased risk of giving birth prematurely, according to a new study. The study, which examined more than 16,000 births to female veterans, found that having PTSD in the year before delivery increased a ...

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 ...