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Is Sexually Risky Behavior Common in People Affected by Opioid Addiction?

Is Sexually Risky Behavior Common in People Affected by Opioid Addiction?

Posted on April 22nd, 2014

Sexually risky behavior is a term used to describe sexual practices that increase risks for exposure to infectious diseases and/or increase chances of transmitting an infectious disease to someone else. Current evidence indicates that people affected by an addiction to opioid drugs or medications participate in risky sexual practices with some frequency. In a study published in January/February 2014 in the American Journal on Addictions, researchers from seven U.S. institutions investigated just how frequently opioid addicts take part in specific types of sexually risky behavior. They also investigated the underlying factors that contribute to the odds of an opioid addict being involved in risky sexual practices.

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Adult Ice Creams Could Be Gateway for More Underage Drinking

Adult Ice Creams Could Be Gateway for More Underage Drinking

Posted on April 21st, 2014

A generation ago Americans were tantalized by 31 flavors of frozen goodness at the local ice cream shop. Now ice cream, frozen yogurt, frozen custard and snow cones come in all sorts of exotic tastes. But is there a line to be drawn? For example, is it responsible to create ice creams that taste like adult beverages? It’s not a moot question. Breweries and dessert makers at home and afar are already concocting frozen desserts either infused with or made to taste like beer, wine and favorite cocktails.

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Addiction Affects Everyone

Addiction Affects Everyone

Posted on April 18th, 2014

Addiction is an equal opportunity disease. It affects beautiful, talented Hollywood actors. It affects disenfranchised youth. It plagues the lives of young and old, rich and poor, men and women and people of every ethnic color. It would be hard to meet someone whose life has remained untouched in any way by the problem.

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Still a Long Road Ahead in the Prescription Drug Abuse Fight - Part 1

Still a Long Road Ahead in the Prescription Drug Abuse Fight – Part 1

Posted on April 18th, 2014

-By Kendal Patterson

It has been four years since a personal tragedy inspired Natalie Costa to produce the film “Behind the Orange Curtain,” a heart-wrenching look at the toll prescription drug abuse is taking on youth in Orange County, Calif.

Since then, much has happened –legislative victories, increased dialogue about the issue, and, for the film, awards and praise.

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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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