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Types of addiction

Even Casual Use of Marijuana Damages Teen Brain

A new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience finds that even casual use of marijuana, once-a-week use, can lead to critical changes in the brains of 18- to 25-year-olds. A collaboration between Northwestern University Medicine and Massachusetts General Hospital Harvard Medical School, the study is the first to show that recreational use of marijuana is related to […]

A Basic Understanding Of Behavioral Addictions

A Basic Understanding Of Behavioral Addictions

Almost everyone understands to some degree what addiction is when it comes to substances like alcohol, nicotine, illicit drugs, and prescription medications. In fact, most people have encountered at least one or two substance addicts at home, in school, at work, or at least in the media. These addicted individuals are people driven by a […]

Gambling Away The Retirement Years

Gambling Away The Retirement Years

First came state lotteries. Then Indian casinos. Now it’s Internet gaming. There are more venues than ever for gambling. For some it’s nothing more than a harmless day’s entertainment. For others it’s a high-risk situation where an entire future can be lost in a single day. This is especially true for senior citizens. Gambling – […]

Heroin Epidemic Spreads To Rural Areas

Heroin Epidemic Spreads To Rural Areas

Heroin, one of the most addictive of all illegal drugs, was once a substance reserved for the inner cities. Today we are seeing a huge rise in the incidence of heroin abuse and addiction, and it has moved out of the cities and into the suburbs and rural areas. Addicts now include members of the […]

Does Disulfiram Help Cocaine Addicts?

Does Disulfiram Help Cocaine Addicts?

Disulfiram (Antabuse) is a medication developed for the treatment of people affected by longstanding cases of alcoholism. In a study published in March 2014 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, a team of American and Canadian researchers looked at the potential usefulness of this medication as a treatment for certain people affected by cocaine […]