The elderly are an underserved population when it comes to substance abuse awareness and treatment, according to a recent report from England’s Royal College of Psychiatry. A team of substance abuse specialists from the College say that older adults bring together a unique blend of factors which place them at greater risk in situations of […]
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Fatalities in the U.S. linked with opioid drug use, such as prescription painkillers, have been sharply increasing for the past decade, despite increased federal and state initiatives to cut down on opioid abuse. However, recent information is also drawing attention to a powerful, but lesser-known cause of fatalities – methadone prescriptions – which have recently […]
During the most recent election for the office of Britain’s Prime Minister, David Cameron promised to make treatment for those suffering from drug addiction one of his highest priorities. However, a report recently released by the Centre for Policy Studies shows that Cameron hasn’t kept his promise and that Britain is spending upwards of $6 […]
Research that has recently been funded at the $3.7 million level may help open doors to new medications that can help people recover from drug addiction. The research grant, awarded by the National Institutes of Health, has been given to the Scripps Research Institute as part of an initiative with the University of Kansas for […]
Long Island is about to welcome the first in-school drug and alcohol abuse clinic at a public high school. In response to an influx of substance abuse cases among students, William Floyd High School in Mastic Beach will open the clinic in August. The clinic, run by Daytop Treatment Services, will provide substance abuse counseling, […]
One of the greatest challenges in substance addiction treatment is avoiding relapse. Those who complete treatment programs often find themselves caught back up in using the substance again, but one of the best predictors of a successful recovery is the length of time spent in a program.
How many people do you know that have suffered blunt force trauma to the head, perhaps in an automobile accident, and go on to develop substance abuse disorder? While you may think that this is an unlikely outcome, the truth is that traumatic brain injury (or TBI) frequently co-occurs with substance abuse.
Bullying and eating disorders – the connection is becoming more recognized and relevant to patients, mental health experts and even celebrities, such as Disney actress Demi Lovato.
“EEG Biofeedback therapy should play a major therapeutic role in many difficult areas. In my opinion, if any medication had demonstrated such a wide spectrum of efficacy it would be universally accepted and widely used.” Frank Duffy, M.D., Neurologist, Boston Children’s Hospital, Professor, Harvard Medical School.
The factors involved with the development of alcoholism or another type of substance abuse are a mix of biological and environmental causes. Researchers are beginning to explore the areas of the brain that may be especially vulnerable to addiction in certain individuals.