Parents often raise their children with certain goals in mind. Some parents may stress the importance of a college education, steering their children toward robust academic programs and extracurricular activities. Other parents may want their children to excel in sports. A common goal for parents, however, is preventing their children from experimenting with drugs and […]
Alcoholism is the common term for an established physical dependence on the presence of alcohol inside the brain and body. In mental health terms, this dependence represents one form of a condition called alcohol use disorder. Both alcoholism and eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia are known to stem partially from inherited genetic factors. […]
Video game addiction is rapidly gaining support as a legitimate issue, and a new study has revealed it may be related to conditions such as autism spectrum disorder and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). While most people think of addictions as specifically related to addictive substances, behaviors such as gambling or even shopping can lead people […]
Most bars tend to allow smoking as the two activities often go together. While not all those who drink alcohol smoke, scientists have recently found a major link between smoking and alcohol use in rats. According to the study published in the journal Neuron, using nicotine even just one time raises the risk that the […]
People turn to alcohol and drugs for many different reasons. Some want to experience the high that these substances deliver, while others consume to escape uncomfortable emotions or situations.
Children who grow up with alcoholic or drug addicted parents experience a reality far removed from the ‘Brady Bunch,’ white-picket fence ideal. Turbulent, stressful, volatile, unpredictable, these are just a sampling of the adjectives that describe the culture and atmosphere in a home torn asunder by the physical and emotional ravages of substance abuse.
More studies are showing that exposure to cocaine during adolescence causes the brain to naturally defend itself and reduce the drug’s negative effects. Recent Yale studies showed that genetics might play a bigger role in how the body regulates its response to cocaine, according to an online news article. Using test mice, the researchers found […]
Growing up together in the same household, siblings are often privy to inside information about one another. A new brain imaging study now shows that one sibling’s brain may hold valuable clues about another sibling’s behavior. Your brother or sister’s lips may be sealed, but their brain has much to tell.
Families inherit hundreds of characteristics through the generations, and alcoholism is among the most deadly of those traits and genetic tendencies. Around 10 percent of people in the U.S. are believed to suffer from alcoholism over the course of their lifetime, and thousands will die – even though alcoholism itself is not often listed as […]
I inherited this from my family. I was born to be a junkie like my old man and his father before him.