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Is There a Really Addictive Personality?

We have all heard that some people are prone to addiction, and there seem to be plenty of real-world examples to illustrate the truth of this adage. But is it accurate to say that someone who has suffered through multiple addictions has a really addictive personality? Or is this an overly simplistic explanation for a …

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How Impulsivity Can Make You More Prone to Addiction

Impulsivity is a formal term for impulsive behavior. While almost everyone acts impulsively some of the time, people with a high degree of impulsivity routinely act in this manner. One of the known problems in highly impulsive individuals is an increased chance of developing diagnosable symptoms of addiction or non-addicted substance abuse. A brief rundown …

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Can Your Eye Color Shed Light on Your Drinking?

They say the eyes are a window to the soul, but they might also provide information on your drinking habits. Individuals with light-colored eyes may be at greater risk for developing alcohol dependence than their brown-eyed compatriots, genetic researchers from the University of Vermont reported in the July issue of the American Journal of Medical Genetics: …

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New Study Brings Scientists Closer to Blocking Effects of Cocaine

Coming up with a medical treatment for cocaine abusers is one of the holy grails of addiction research, and a new study from Denmark provides hope for an antidote to cocaine addiction. Although the researchers caution that this isn’t a “wonder drug,” as long as patients were happy to continue with traditional rehab, it could …

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Spotting Signs of Heroin Addiction Could Save a Life

Being able to spot the psychological and physical symptoms of heroin abuse could help you save the life of somebody you know, and this is especially important given the rising numbers of deaths attributed to the drug. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that from 2010 to 2012, the number of overdose deaths …

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