How Does Cocaine Increase Stroke Risk?

How Does Cocaine Increase Stroke Risk?

The stimulant drug of abuse cocaine is known for its ability to create significant changes in the normal function of the body’s cardiovascular (heart and blood vessel) system. One of the potential consequences of these changes is the onset of a stroke; however, no researchers have fully explored the current state of knowledge on this […]

Your Brain On Sugar

Your Brain On Sugar

If you have ever made the off-hand comment that you are a chocolate addict or that you are addicted to sweets, you aren’t far off from the truth. As obesity rates soar in the U.S., researchers are hard at work trying to determine why some people find it so hard to stop overeating, and why […]

Can Medication Combo Treat Cocaine Addiction?

Can Medication Combo Treat Cocaine Addiction?

Addiction specialists currently have no medication option that can reliably address the symptoms of cocaine addiction in their clients and patients. However, researchers are continually conducting experiments designed to identify and test potentially useful medications adapted from the treatment of other conditions. In a study published in May 2014 in the journal Drug and Alcohol […]

Cocaine’s Day After Crash Can Deter Abuse

Cocaine’s Day After Crash Can Deter Abuse

What goes up must come down, and the higher you go the harder you fall. These axioms were at the heart of a study that sought to determine if avoiding such a crash can deter cocaine users from aiming for such a high. The animal study by researchers at University of California Santa Barbara’s Behavioral […]

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 […]

How Cocaine Addiction And Gambling Addiction Go Hand In Hand

How Cocaine Addiction And Gambling Addiction Go Hand In Hand

Addicts seem to make inexplicable choices. They forfeit the very things that most people recognize as the keys to happiness in life, such as relationships with family, their career and friendships in pursuit of the addiction. There has been extensive research conducted in attempt to explain the self-destructive behaviors that accompany addiction. The studies have […]

How Is Gambling Addiction Similar To Cocaine Addiction?

How Is Gambling Addiction Similar To Cocaine Addiction?

Cocaine addiction is a prime example of classic substance addiction, which occurs when brain changes related to drug or alcohol use lead to persistent substance cravings and severely dysfunctional patterns of behavior. Gambling addiction is the only officially recognized form of behavioral addiction, which produces cravings and dysfunctional behavior not related to substance use. In […]

Extra Vouchers In Contingency Management Therapy Helping Cocaine Addicts Stay Clean?

Extra Vouchers In Contingency Management Therapy Helping Cocaine Addicts Stay Clean?

Voucher-based reinforcement therapy (VBRT) is a form of treatment used to aid people recovering from addictions to opioid drugs or stimulants. It belongs to a larger group of therapies known collectively as contingency management (CM). In a study published in October 2013 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, a multi-institution research team looked at […]