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What Are The Dangers Of Online Poker?

What Are The Dangers Of Online Poker?

It wasn’t so long ago that those who enjoyed gambling had to travel to a casino or gaming facility, or host a party at their home, in order to play poker. But thanks to the Internet and the convenience of smartphones and tablets, gamblers are able to play online poker anytime and anyplace. Unfortunately, such […]

Can Ecstasy Come-Down Symptoms Mimic Dependence?

Can Ecstasy Come-Down Symptoms Mimic Dependence?

MDMA (popularly known by the street names Ecstasy and Molly) is a stimulant/hallucinogenic drug with a verified potential to cause a number of significant problems in both short- and long-term users. However, researchers have not reached a firm consensus on whether repeated users of the drug can develop the lasting brain changes associated with physical […]

The Chain Of Alcoholism Is Broken

The Chain Of Alcoholism Is Broken

By Dennis O’Connor On July 10, 1927, my father, James Larkin O’Connor, came into this world. Shortly after giving birth to him, his mother, Madeline O’Connor, left this world. The O’Connors had immigrated to Syracuse, New York, in the late 1800s from County Kerry, Ireland. They were a hard-working, hard-drinking bunch. Through the generations, they […]

Why Won’t We Ever Be Rid Of Addiction?

Why Won’t We Ever Be Rid Of Addiction?

By Meghan Vivo No time for natural remedies to help you fall asleep? Craving another helping of fries even though your doctor has told you to watch the saturated fats? No problem, science has got you covered. In a culture that has become hyper-focused on easy fixes, we expect a simple solution for every ailment. If a pill can give you […]

How Does Stigma Affect Addicts And Those Stigmatizing?

How Does Stigma Affect Addicts And Those Stigmatizing?

People are stigmatized when others view them in a generally negative light on the basis of certain narrowly perceived characteristics or attributes. Another term, negative stereotyping, refers to the same phenomenon. Many individuals affected by drug or alcohol addiction experience significant stigma as a result of their substance-related problems. In a study published in July […]

Alcohol, Nicotine Addiction Linked In Brain

Alcohol, Nicotine Addiction Linked In Brain

People affected by substance addiction are known to undergo brain changes that make them susceptible to internal and external cues that increase their chances of involuntarily consuming more of a given substance. In the past, researchers have tentatively linked the origin of these cues to a specific brain area called the precuneus. In a study […]

Odds Are, Pathological Gambling Runs In Families

Odds Are, Pathological Gambling Runs In Families

A recent study of gamblers in Iowa found that pathological gambling tends to run in families. According to the study, compulsive gamblers frequently come from families with other members who also gamble pathologically. In addition, pathological gambling appears to be linked to several serious mental health disorders. The Family Problem Gambling Study The University of […]

Potent Cocktails Are A Recipe For Disaster

Potent Cocktails Are A Recipe For Disaster

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is actively trying to educate drinkers about the potential dangers of mixed cocktails. Health officials are concerned that the large amount of alcohol in certain types of cocktails has the potential to cause serious harm, and drinkers often have no way of knowing how much alcohol they’re consuming. Researchers […]

Marijuana: 7 Common Excuses To Get High

Marijuana: 7 Common Excuses To Get High

People go to great lengths to justify their marijuana habit. This isn’t surprising: Denial and rationalization are hallmarks of addiction. It’s often not until users experience the negative side of marijuana use firsthand that they begin to recognize the flaws in their logic. Some of the most common excuses people make to get high include: […]