Breakthrough Study Finds Heavy Methamphetamine Use Increases Risk of Schizophrenia

Heavy methamphetamine users may be at a significantly higher risk for developing schizophrenia than others, according to researchers from Toronto’s Centre of Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). The researchers’ findings-based on the world’s first expansive study on long-term methamphetamine use’s association to psychosis-have been published in advanced online in the American Journal of Psychiatry. Previous…

Drug Addiction in the LGBT Community

People often use drugs and alcohol to cope with stress or emotional pain, escape from problems, or gain acceptance. Although anyone can become addicted, certain people are at greater risk, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered individuals. What makes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered individuals particularly vulnerable to drug and alcohol addiction? Emotional challenges, such…

More Negative Effects from Drinking Alcohol

It is well-established that long-term alcohol abuse can cause serious health problems, including brain damage and various forms of cancer. It also destroys relationships, finances, careers and emotional well-being. A series of recent studies show that alcohol abuse does even more damage than was previously known. Technological advances in neuroimaging allow scientists to observe alcohol’s…