Substance Abuse News

Study Finds Veterans Mostly Satisfied with VA Mental Health Care

August 21st, 2014
Despite recent allegations of misconduct and uproar over delays to obtaining care, a new RAND Corporation study finds U.S. veterans are generally satisfied with the mental health care they receive from the Veterans Health Administration (VA). However, the study, conducted in 2008 and 2009, found ...

Taking Meds to Work Night Shift May Do More Harm than Good

August 14th, 2014
Nearly 15 million Americans work the night shift and many struggle with the assignment experiencing restlessness, sleepiness on the job, fatigue, decreased attention, and disruption of the body’s circadian rhythm. As a result, many workers take drugs to help them stay awake or ...

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 ...

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 ...

Teen Aggression Linked to Drinking

August 7th, 2014
A new Finnish study discovers that aggressive adolescents are more likely to drink, and drink more, than their peers. Researchers also found, surprisingly, that depression and anxiety were not linked to increased alcohol use. Investigators explored the relationship between psychosocial problems and alcohol use ...

Helping Women Cope with Sexual Objectification

August 7th, 2014
A new study of how female college students handle unwanted catcalls, demeaning stares, and sexual advances finds that some women may benefit from counseling to relieve internal distress and enhance coping skills. Researchers discovered some young women simply have more resilience and better ...

Brief Counseling Helps Alcohol Abuse, Does Not Help Substance Abuse

August 6th, 2014
Over the past decade the federal government’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has advocated for screening and brief interventions to address unhealthy alcohol and drug use. Physician's have been urged to screen for alcohol and substance abuse and to use office ...

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 ...

Alcohol Commercials Strongly Affect Underage Drinkers

August 3rd, 2014
New research shows a strong link between alcohol advertising and underage drinking. In fact, young drinkers are three times more likely to choose alcohol brands whose commercials appear on their favorite television shows compared to other alcohol brands, according to a new ...

Kids With Jailed Family Member at Greater Risk for Poor Health as Adults

August 2nd, 2014
New research has found that people who grew up in a household where a member was incarcerated have an 18 percent greater risk of experiencing poor health as adults. The study, from researchers at Brown University, suggests that the nation’s high rate of ...