Opposition to marijuana has softened in recent years. The majority of Americans believe that it should be legally available for recreational use, and more than 60 percent of young adults do not believe that using marijuana on a regular basis is a harmful practice, according to a recent Gallup report. But research shows that marijuana […]
Technology addiction is a fairly new phenomenon. As cell phones and other mobile devices grow in numbers, we’ve become more and more dependent upon communicating and interacting via tiny computers we keep in our pockets at all times. In the ’80s, with brick-sized cell phones that only made calls, technology addiction wasn’t a concern. Now, […]
Treating addictions is ultimately the end-goal of all efforts to understand them, but how can you treat an addiction if you’re not sure what underlies it? For addictions to drugs and alcohol, there is a large body of research, so the understanding of the issues and effective methods of treatment are pretty good. However, more […]
Working in cooperation with a Vancouver-based radiologist, a retired Royal Canadian Mounted Police Officer (RCMP) has invented a patent-pending breathalyzer for catching people who get behind the wheel after smoking marijuana. Kal Malhi, formerly of the RCMP, and Dr. Raj Attariwala teamed up to create the Cannabix Breathalyzer. Its inventors say that the device can […]
Smartphone addiction is a real problem for many people. Just when you cross the line from frequent use to obsessive addiction is debatable but, for some people, cell phones are all-consuming. Behavioral addictions are treatable by traditional addiction care techniques like counseling, and, of course, there is an app (or two) for that. But can […]
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 […]
Just looking at the undulating lines of shoppers waiting around the clock for the latest iPhone has to get you wondering what the big deal is. And, no, this isn’t a commercial for Apple. What it is, however, is a thoughtful look at a phenomenon that has resulted in otherwise sane and responsible people (for […]
We hear much these days on the importance of social media. Applications like Facebook and Twitter allow us to stay connected with friends and family around the world. We have instant access to information, photos, videos, and updates of their lives. But as with most things in life, there are potential consequences and research is […]
A recent survey of nearly 1.75 million Korean youth showed that four out of every 100 are at risk for an Internet addiction. Although, this years’ number is slightly lower than last year’s, the rate is still quite high.
The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) recently released a new smartphone app which it hopes will lead to fewer impaired drivers getting behind the wheel. Called "Show Me My Buzz," the app is currently available for Androids and iPhones.