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Holistic Options for Addiction Treatment

Holistic Options for Addiction Treatment

Posted on April 16th, 2014

Though new medications and therapies are often developed to help patients overcome substance addiction, sometimes it’s the rediscovery of old remedies that show great promise. Such is the case with several Eastern practices that are proving to be excellent therapies that can prove beneficial when paired with standard addiction treatment.

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Energy Drinks Linked to Prescription Stimulant Abuse

Energy Drinks Linked to Prescription Stimulant Abuse

Posted on April 15th, 2014

Energy drinks are a modern class of beverage that contain some sort of nonprescription stimulant, including substances such as caffeine, guarana or yohimbe. College students and other young adults consume these beverages with some regularity. In a study published in March 2014 in the journal Substance Abuse, researchers from six U.S. universities analyzed the potential connection between frequent energy drink consumption and the odds of abusing a prescription stimulant medication. The researchers concluded that, for at least some populations, frequent intake of energy drinks acts as a predictor for this form of drug abuse.

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Brain Scans Predict Alcohol Problems in Young Adults

Brain Scans Predict Alcohol Problems in Young Adults

Posted on April 11th, 2014

People who regularly consume alcohol in large amounts significantly increase their chances of developing clinical symptoms of alcohol use disorder (the combined term for alcohol abuse and alcoholism). In a study published in April 2014 in the journal Addiction, researchers from five U.S. institutions used brain imaging to determine if it’s possible to predict which young adult drinkers have the highest chances of developing serious alcohol-related problems. These researchers concluded that certain observable changes in the brain’s responses to drinking cues do help identify future problem drinkers.

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Binge-Drinking in Older Adults Doubles Risk of Death

Binge-Drinking in Older Adults Doubles Risk of Death

Posted on April 10th, 2014

According to nationwide surveys, around one in six American adults binge drinks four times per month. While most binge drinkers are not alcohol-dependent, the practice of binge drinking carries its own risks, and even though the lack of addiction may make these individuals feel as though their drinking is “safer,” this may not be the case. In fact, new research has shown that among “moderate” drinkers aged 55 to 65, binge drinking is associated with a doubling of the risk of death over the course of 20 years. The study shows the importance of understanding patterns of drinking and their consequences, rather than focusing on an average weekly consumption that can provide a misleading picture of the risks associated with alcohol.

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Drug and Alcohol Use Among Older Adults Rises

Drug and Alcohol Use Among Older Adults Rises

Posted on April 9th, 2014

A report from the British charity organization DrugScope shows that middle aged and older people using alcohol and drugs is soaring in that country.

The report shows that people ages 18-24 and 25-29 are looking for heroin addiction help. That number has been steadily declining since 2005. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the number of people age 40 and above seeking heroin addiction treatment has been steeply increasing.

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Binge Drinking on the Rise in College

Binge Drinking on the Rise in College

Posted on April 8th, 2014

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) used self-reporting surveys to compare drinking behaviors between 1976 and today, finding that regular drinking habits seem largely unchanged over the past three decades, but binge drinking by coeds has seen a steep rise.

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Alcohol Availability Influences Heavy Drinking

Alcohol Availability Influences Heavy Drinking

Posted on April 7th, 2014

Research on alcohol consumption has largely taken place in high-income countries, such as the United States and the United Kingdom. In a less affluent country alcohol may be consumed for different reasons, in different quantities and purchased in different ways. A study that was initiated as a way to compare data from high- and middle/low-income countries found that heavy drinkers in the high-income country of New Zealand were adept at finding cheaper alcohol.

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Drug and Alcohol Use Among Older Adults

Drug and Alcohol Use Among Older Adults

Posted on April 4th, 2014

A report from the British charity organization DrugScope shows that middle aged and older people using alcohol and drugs is soaring in that country.

The report shows that people ages 18-24 and 25-29 are looking for heroin addiction help. That number has been steadily declining since 2005. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the number of people age 40 and above seeking heroin addiction treatment has been steeply increasing.

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Connecting Childhood Abuse and Adult Depression

Connecting Childhood Abuse and Adult Depression

Posted on April 3rd, 2014

Research has shown lasting effects from childhood trauma, including substance use, mood disorders and risky sex. A new study shows that victims of childhood abuse are more likely to experience delayed remission from depression. The same impact occurs among adults that had addict parents.

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What is Kratom, This New Drug on DEA Watch List?

What is Kratom, This New Drug on DEA Watch List?

Posted on April 2nd, 2014

One way to find out what’s going on with America’s youth is to keep an eye on popular YouTube videos. Like all social media, YouTube offers plenty of useful and beneficial data, as well as negative information. One of the topics being posted on the site is Kratom, a new drug totally unknown to the majority of parents.

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Common Relapse Triggers in Addiction

What are the Common Relapse Triggers in Addiction?

Posted on April 1st, 2014

When in recovery for a drug or alcohol addiction, the question of relapse is often not “if,” but “when?” Most addicts relapse at least once, and many do so multiple times. If you are supporting a recovering addict, understand that relapse is part of the deal. Don’t give up on your loved one just because she falls off the wagon now and then. As time passes, it should happen less frequently and in order for her to pick up and carry on again, she needs your support, love and understanding.

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Drug Addiction, Smoking Cessation Can Be Treated Together

Drug Addiction, Smoking Cessation Can Be Treated Together

Posted on March 31st, 2014

With all of the health risks involved with cigarette smoking, doctors will almost always advise patients to get help quitting as soon as they possibly can. However, there has been concern among some treatment professionals that patients who try to quit smoking while in treatment for a co-morbid drug addiction will jeopardize their recovery from that drug addiction.

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Despite Lower Levels of Drinking, African Americans Encounter More Harm

Despite Lower Levels of Drinking, African Americans Encounter More Harm

Posted on March 28th, 2014

Compared to Americans of European descent, African Americans as a whole drink less alcohol and engage less often in dangerous alcohol-related behaviors such as heavy drinking and binge drinking. Despite these facts, African Americans have an unusual tendency to develop serious problems stemming from alcohol consumption. In a report published in February 2014 by the American Psychological Association, researchers from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and three other U.S. universities explored some of the possible explanations for this discrepancy. The results of this exploration indicate that a mixture of factors account for the relatively high rate of alcohol-related harm in African Americans.

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Binge Drinking Damages Brains of Young Adults

Binge Drinking Damages Brains of Young Adults

Posted on March 27th, 2014

Binge drinkers are people who consume enough alcohol in short drinking episodes (i.e., binges) to qualify as legally intoxicated. In the U.S., young adults participate in this type of alcohol consumption more often than people in any other age range. According to the results of a study scheduled for publication in 2014 in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, young adults who binge drink (especially those who experience alcohol-related memory disruptions called “blackouts”) can develop damaging changes in their normal brain function that may set the stage for future diagnosable cases of alcohol abuse or alcoholism.

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