New research from a team of Italian and Swiss scientists indicates that people affected by alcohol use disorder (alcoholism and/or alcohol abuse) have substantially increased chances of developing the symptoms of a non-substance-related behavioral addiction.
New data on heroin overdose deaths in Connecticut released by the chief medical examiner show an increase of nearly 87 percent from 2012 to 2014. This finding underlines the importance of developing strategies to tackle heroin abuse and implementing potential solutions to reducing overdose deaths, including increased use of the heroin overdose “antidote” Narcan, which…Details
Two veterans’ advocacy groups are suing the U.S. Veterans Administration (VA), claiming the organization discriminates against former service personnel with medical problems related to sexual assault or harassment. According to representatives from the Service Women’s Action Network and the Vietnam Veterans of America, when veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) caused by sexual trauma…Details
Depression comes in many forms and levels of severity. Everyone has a different way of showing it. For some people, it creeps up on them slowly and over a long span of time, which would make it more difficult to detect outward changes.
Hallucinogens are drugs that contain alkaloid compounds that have the effect of making the user think he or she is seeing or hearing things that are not real. In other words, they make you hallucinate. Many people who experiment with hallucinogens do so with the false impression that these drugs are low-risk. Even if they…Details
A new study has found that those who work long hours are more likely to drink heavily, particularly those working over 48 hours a week. In the U.S. in 2013, 6.8 percent of people 18 and over reported drinking heavily, with around 7 percent being classed as having an alcohol use disorder, and the new…Details
You meet the person of your dreams. Your heart pitter patters. Your brain becomes awash in rapidly rising levels of phenylethylamine, oxytocin and dopamine. You’re suddenly hit by cravings, the likes of which you might have only experienced when gripped by substances you’ve chosen to leave behind.
A multinational team of researchers has determined that people who have sustained concussions are more likely to be diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) than with post-concussion syndrome (PCS) several months after injury. Concussions are a form of relatively minor traumatic brain injury that occur when a person’s head hits an object or when an…Details
Considering a geographical move isn’t an uncommon strategy for those of us who are in recovery for addiction problems. Many of us experience the urge to pull up roots and start over in a new neighborhood, a new city, a new state or maybe even a new country. We feel sure that all we need…Details
New findings from an American research team indicate that a form of psychotherapy called integrated cognitive behavioral therapy can help people with PTSD address any co-existing problems with substance abuse and/or substance addiction.