Genetics Hike Risks For Marijuana Addiction And Depression

Genetics Hike Risks For Marijuana Addiction And Depression

People who get addicted to marijuana use, or experience significant marijuana-related dysfunction without becoming addicted, have a condition called cannabis use disorder. Current evidence indicates that individuals with this disorder have unusually high chances of developing depression, and subsequently experience unusually intense combined effects from the two conditions. According to the results of a study […]

Are “Strange Addictions” Actually Illnesses?

Are “Strange Addictions” Actually Illnesses?

The word “addiction” is usually linked to the consumption of harmful substances including drugs, alcohol or tobacco. Gambling is now also considered an addiction. However, there are unusual addictions that could be harmful either physically or psychologically to those who are engaged in them. These include consuming non-edible products, becoming obsessed about material pleasures or […]

How Does Family Culture Impact Teen Addiction Recovery?

How Does Family Culture Impact Teen Addiction Recovery?

The nature versus nurture controversy is fought on many fronts, including teen substance use. Environment affects teen behavior and therefore family culture, which unlike DNA can be changed and adapted. Responsibility And Consequences Are Crucial To Help Teens With Decision Making A teen addict deflects responsibility for their own choices, blaming parents who then blame […]

Teens And Their Addiction To Love

Teens And Their Addiction To Love

Teens can be intense about friendships and opposite sex relationships. Parents might deem this behavior a normal part of growing up, but a pattern of intense relationships can turn into love addiction. It doesn’t sound nearly as damaging as other addictions, but it can be the outer garment covering a deep well of trouble. Love […]

What Can Thumb Sucking Teach Us About Addiction?

What Can Thumb Sucking Teach Us About Addiction?

It may appear a contradictory use of the word “addiction” at first, but thumb sucking can be thought of as the first addiction many people have. As Susan Heitler, Ph.D., argues in Psychology Today, there are many lessons we can learn about drug addiction if we accept this definition and examine how children learn to […]

Gene Mutation That Drives Alcohol Consumption?

Gene Mutation That Drives Alcohol Consumption?

Alcohol addiction stems from a combination of factors, including both biological and environmental contributions. However, it’s difficult to predict just what combination will result in an individual that meets the criteria for addiction. Two individuals, confronted with the same environmental factors, may respond differently in their alcohol-related behaviors. What makes one individual consume moderate amounts […]

Can Your Brain ‘Unlearn’ Addiction?

Can Your Brain ‘Unlearn’ Addiction?

The Holy Grail of addiction science is to fully understand the neurological structures and processes that cause addiction and shape addicts’ behavior. Traditionally, this task was left to psychology, which laid down the core theories based on the symptoms displayed and the behavior exhibited. This is analogous to determining the likely issue with a malfunctioning […]