Addiction Recovery With An Anthropological Twist

Addiction Recovery With An Anthropological Twist

Psychiatrist-anthropologist Helena Hansen has been pioneering several approaches to treating drug addiction that combine social and cultural programs with more traditional psychiatric treatment. During the course of her undergraduate degree in biology, her Ph.D. in anthropology and medical residency in psychiatry, Hansen, now a professor at New York University, was struck by the ways in […]

How Common Is Doctor Shopping?

How Common Is Doctor Shopping?

Doctor shopping is mentioned nearly every time the subject of prescription drug abuse is brought up, but how pervasive is this practice? The first national study utilizing sales record of prescription opioids attempted to come up with an answer. The study by researchers Douglas McDonald and Kenneth Carlson of Abt Associates examined 2008 precriptions for […]

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 […]

Is Tech Addiction Changing Your Brain?

Is Tech Addiction Changing Your Brain?

It’s 6:30 a.m. and the bass line underlying Jay Z is suddenly blaring, rather than booming; it sounds more tinny than thudding. It’s the sound of a ringtone that has been turned into an alarm. Gavin clicks snooze twice until he agrees with the morning that it’s time to be up. Disconnecting the charger, he […]

Can Education Improve The Attitudes Of Doctors Who Treat Substance Abuse And Addiction?

Can Education Improve The Attitudes Of Doctors Who Treat Substance Abuse And Addiction?

Researchers have found that doctors who don’t regularly treat abuse/addiction are more likely to hold negative views of people affected by these issues than health care professionals in addiction services. This is worrisome because current scientific evidence indicates that the attitudes doctors hold toward substance abusers and substance addicts can significantly impact those abusers’ and […]