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Why Do People Become Addicted to Exercise?

Why Do People Become Addicted to Exercise?

Posted on November 6th, 2015

Exercise is enjoyable for many people and part of a healthy lifestyle, and most of us don’t get enough of it. In a society facing chronic obesity, the over-exercisers don’t get much attention; we are more likely to congratulate them for their discipline and dedication than to raise our concerns.

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Strategies to Stop Smoking Across Globe

Strategies to Stop Smoking Across Globe

Posted on October 30th, 2015

Since the U.S. surgeon general released a report on the health consequences of smoking in 1964, rates of tobacco use have gone down from about 42% to 19%, a decrease in smokers that has saved about 8 million lives. The decrease is not enough, though, as smoking is still the leading cause of preventable death, and while smoking has significantly decreased in the U.S., it is still a major worldwide health issue. What can be done to stamp out smoking for good?

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What Makes Rehab Successful?

What Makes Rehab Successful?

Posted on October 16th, 2015

Drug rehab success rates statistics are hard to find because success is difficult to measure. When someone relapses after treatment, it doesn’t necessarily mean the treatment wasn’t successful. There are many other factors involved. Although it is challenging to measure treatment success, we can say what elements of a treatment program make it more successful than others.

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Motivational Interviewing in the ER Highly Effective in Reducing Teen Drinking

Motivational Interviewing in the ER Highly Effective in Reducing Teen Drinking

Posted on October 10th, 2015

A brief alcohol intervention called motivational interviewing can help teenagers and young adults receiving emergency room treatment for alcohol use or unrelated issues, a team of German researchers report in a new study.

Teenagers and underage young adults are exposed to a wide range of serious, severe or potentially fatal risks when they consume alcohol. In a study review published in March 2015 in the journal Alcohol and Alcoholism, researchers from two German institutions assessed the usefulness of an alcohol intervention technique called motivational interviewing in helping teens and young adults who end up in emergency rooms for alcohol-related problems or problems not directly related to alcohol use.

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Meth Damages Brains of Teens Far More Than Adults

Meth Damages Brains of Teens Far More Than Adults

Posted on October 9th, 2015

Chronic teenage consumers of methamphetamine experience substantially more damage to their higher-level mental functions than their adult counterparts, according to new findings from a team of American and South Korean researchers.

Methamphetamine is known for its ability to produce a relatively rapid and severe form of substance addiction. Among the drug’s many harmful effects is damage to the brain areas responsible for carrying out a group of higher-level mental skills known collectively as executive function. In a study published in February 2015 in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, researchers from three South Korean universities and one American university used brain scans to compare the executive function-related brain changes found in teenagers who regularly consume methamphetamine to the changes found in adults who regularly consume the drug.

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Youth With ADHD History Initiate Alcohol, Drug Use at Earlier Age

Youth With ADHD History Initiate Alcohol, Drug Use at Earlier Age

Posted on October 8th, 2015

Teenagers and younger children affected by ADHD begin substance use at a significantly earlier age than their counterparts unaffected by the condition, researchers from the University of Florida report in a recent study.

Researchers and doctors are well aware that people affected by attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in early childhood or adolescence have increased chances of developing diagnosable problems with substance abuse or substance addiction at some later point in life. In a study published in December 2014 in the journal Addictive Behaviors, University of Florida researchers looked at the impact that ADHD in childhood/adolescence has on the age at which a teen or adult first initiates substance intake. The researchers also looked at the impact that ADHD in earlier life has on the dangerousness of any given teen or young adult’s substance-related behaviors.

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Signs That a Teenager Has Been Smoking Pot

Signs That a Teenager Has Been Smoking Pot

Posted on October 6th, 2015

Teens use marijuana more than any other illicit substance. Its use comes in second only to alcohol when it comes to underage substance abuse. So if you think your teen might be smoking pot, you just might be right. There are some physical and behavioral signs that are specific to marijuana that you can look for, but a good general rule is to talk to your teen if you suspect he is using drugs. Never be afraid to bring up these difficult topics. Doing so could save your teen’s life.

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How to Avoid a Hangover? Don’t Drink Too Much

How to Avoid a Hangover? Don’t Drink Too Much

Posted on October 3rd, 2015

Chugging a tall glass of water or raiding the refrigerator after a session of heavy drinking? Those moves won’t stop your hangover, according to a study on excessive alcohol consumption that the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) released in August 2015.

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What Everyone Should Know About Suboxone

What Everyone Should Know About Suboxone

Posted on October 2nd, 2015

Mark was an avid racquetball player, hitting the court nearly every day until his shoulder, weakened by years of baseball, finally gave out on him. He went in for surgery, but in addition to getting his body repaired, Mark acquired a liking — and soon an obsessive need — for opioid painkillers.

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Heavy Drinking Bigger Risk for Stroke in Middle Age Than Hypertension

Heavy Drinking Bigger Risk for Stroke in Middle Age Than Hypertension

Posted on September 29th, 2015

A new study has found that consuming more than two drinks a day raises the risk of stroke for men more than high blood pressure (hypertension) or diabetes does, particularly in midlife. The finding places an important caveat on previous results suggesting a health benefit to moderate drinking—in short, if you drink too much, the benefit quickly turns into a risk. For women, the increase in risk comes even sooner, with the research finding that more than one drink per day raises stroke risk.

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Digital Addiction: This Is Your Brain Online

Digital Addiction: This Is Your Brain Online

Posted on September 26th, 2015

“Digital” addictions—to things like the Internet, video games, social media and smartphones or other technology—are increasingly common but widely misunderstood. Despite not yet being recognized by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (the DSM), experts are increasingly warning of the risks of various types of technology addiction. The claim that things like the Internet or Facebook can be genuinely addictive—in the same way as drugs, alcohol or gambling—is often met with suspicion. After all, you can’t just say that somebody who uses something a lot is addicted to it on that basis alone. However, the more you find out about digital addictions, and how addiction works on the whole, the less easy it is to ignore suggestions that we’re moving toward a new type of addiction epidemic.

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Making it Easier for Physicians to Self-Report Addiction

Making it Easier for Physicians to Self-Report Addiction

Posted on September 25th, 2015

Imagine you are a doctor. You’re responsible for the health, safety and sometimes the lives of your patients. A wrong decision or a small mistake could be devastating. You work long hours and carry debt from years of medical school. The stress of being a physician can be overwhelming for some individuals, and while most cope in healthful ways, others turn to substance abuse. Doctors face the fear of not being able to practice anymore, which prevents many from self-reporting a problem with drugs or alcohol. Thanks to physician health programs or PHPs, there is help for addicted medical doctors and self-reporting is more realistic.

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Teens Who Get ‘The Talk’ Much Less Likely to Abuse Prescription Drugs

Teens Who Get ‘The Talk’ Much Less Likely to Abuse Prescription Drugs

Posted on September 24th, 2015

Despite the fact that prescription drug abuse among teens is a serious epidemic, the majority of parents do not talk to their children about the dangers of these drugs. Misconceptions, lack of information and complacency all conspire to lead many parents to ignore the threat of prescription drug abuse until it is too late.

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