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 […]

Depression In Recovery: Withdrawal Symptom Or Underlying Mental Health Disorder?

Depression In Recovery: Withdrawal Symptom Or Underlying Mental Health Disorder?

By Jeanene Swanson — Many addicts are well aware of what it takes to get off drugs. Acute withdrawal can include every uncomfortable symptom imaginable, including anxiety, sweating, shaking, insomnia, irritability, vomiting and diarrhea. This acute withdrawal phase can last up to two weeks. But it ends. What happens next, in the weeks and months […]

First-Person Point of View App ‘If I Drink’ Shows How Alcohol Changes How You Drive or Ride a Bike

First-Person Point of View App ‘If I Drink’ Shows How Alcohol Changes How You Drive or Ride a Bike

How much alcohol can you drink before you exceed the legal limit, putting yourself and others in danger? It is common for people to underestimate alcohol’s impact on their balance, speed, accuracy and reaction time behind the wheel, yet research shows that serious negative effects can result after as little as one or two drinks. […]

March Madness Puts Gambling Addicts At Risk

March Madness Puts Gambling Addicts At Risk

By giving its followers 67 opportunities in 21 days to challenge point spreads, the NCAA  tournament delivers a uniquely concentrated gambling experience. The NCAA basketball tournament eclipses every other sporting extravaganza – including the Super Bowl — in bets wagered, with an estimated $12 billion on the line in 2014. According to the National Gambling […]

5 Signs Your Teen Is Addicted to the Smartphone

5 Signs Your Teen Is Addicted to the Smartphone

New research shows that teen smartphone addicts are more aggressive, anxious, withdrawn, depressed and less able to concentrate than their counterparts.   Smartphones are everywhere. Those of us who use them wonder how we ever lived without them. For teens, the phenomenon of the smartphone may be even more important. New research is suggesting that […]

Acamprosate an Effective Treatment for Alcoholism

Acamprosate an Effective Treatment for Alcoholism

Acamprosate is a drug used to maintain abstinence in alcohol-dependent patients sold under the brand Campral. Many of the people who take acamprosate experience a significant reduction in their urge to drink alcohol, as well as a reduction in symptoms associated with a form of alcohol withdrawal called post-acute withdrawal syndrome. Doctors caution that the […]