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Coffee Linked to Depression in Polydrug Users

A team of researchers from the University of Hawaii assessed the impact of cigarette smoking and caffeine intake on the mental health of people who participate in polysubstance abuse, concluding that caffeine use in particular can have a substantially negative mental health impact on these individuals.

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Cocaine Use Plummets With Combined Psychotherapeutic Approaches

Cocaine Use Plummets With Combined Psychotherapeutic Approaches Combining cognitive behavioral therapy and prize-based contingency management produces substantial benefits for cocaine program participants, a study finds.

Cocaine addiction is a fairly common form of substance addiction that unfortunately does not respond consistently to any type of medication-based treatment. For this reason, cocaine-centered treatment programs typically rely on at least one form of psychotherapy or counseling to help their clients/patients. In a study published in October 2014 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, researchers from two Swiss institutions assessed the effectiveness of a combined approach that treats cocaine addiction with two forms of psychotherapy, known as cognitive behavioral therapy and prize-based contingency management.

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Cocaine Laced With Animal De-Wormer Ups Addiction Potential

A common and potentially toxic additive called levamisole increases the addiction potential of cocaine by making the stimulant drug more rewarding to the brain, research from the Temple University School of Medicine indicates.

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Wax Is the New Dangerous High

Law enforcement agencies around the country are reporting crackdowns on a new and potent form of marijuana called wax. The drug first appeared in California, but is rapidly spreading to other states. Named for its waxy consistency, wax marijuana is concentrated and powerful. Even experienced users of marijuana are impacted by the potency of this new formulation. And while it remains illegal and dangerous in most states, Colorado citizens over the age of 21 are free to use it. As with any dangerous new drug, parents of teens and young adults need to be aware of what wax is, how it is harmful and how to recognize it.

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Addiction in the Elderly

When most people think of an alcoholic or drug addict, they probably don’t think of an elderly person. The term “alcoholic” typically calls to mind a skid row bum sipping from a brown paper bag under a bridge or on a park bench, or a middle-aged person staggering out of a bar. The term “drug addict” typically calls to mind a young or middle-aged adult. When you think of grandmotherly types, you probably aren’t thinking about someone guzzling bottles of wine or doubling up on pain medication.

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Yes, Marijuana Really Can Be Addictive

Marijuana has a puzzling reputation. Many people believe that recreational marijuana use should be legalized, and that medical marijuana should have widespread availability. Yet marijuana remains illegal in most countries, including the United States, and the idea of legalization has many firm opponents.

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Drug and Gambling Addictions Linked to Embezzlement

A corporate intelligence and security consulting firm that conducted a five year study that tied embezzlement to gambling and a desire to live a lavish lifestyle. Anecdotal evidence suggests drug addiction also plays a factor.

The Marquet Report on Embezzlement looked into 528 cases involving $100,000 or more in reported losses. In 2012 the average loss was about $1.4 million, and 58% of all the cases involved female embezzlers.

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Addiction in the Jewish Community

Addiction is a disease that knows no cultural, religious or socioeconomic boundaries. Anyone is capable of becoming addicted to alcohol, prescription pills or illegal drugs. Long a subject of denial in the Jewish community, addiction is being forced to the forefront of discussion.

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Impulsive Young Teens More Likely to Drink Heavily as Adults

Impulsivity is the term mental health professionals use to describe a personality trait that centers on a habit of acting without giving due consideration to the consequences of one’s choices. Current research links unusually high levels of this trait to increased risks for a number of serious problems, including suicidal behavior and morbid obesity. In a study published in July 2013 in the journal Addiction, a group of British researchers have linked impulsivity to significantly increased risks for heavy alcohol consumption among teenagers. This study identifies impulsivity as a cause of heavy teen alcohol consumption, rather than identifying heavy alcohol consumption as a clear-cut cause of impulsive behavior.

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Cyberbullying Can Lead to Substance Abuse, Mental Health Issues

Cyberbullying is a term used to describe bullying behaviors that take place through various types of modern communications technologies rather than in person. While these behaviors largely mimic face-to-face bullying behaviors, they can potentially have a much broader reach and involve harsher bullying tactics. According to the results of a study published in 2010 in the American Medical Association’s Archives of General Psychiatry, cyberbullying increases a person’s risks for mental health impairments and certain types of substance use. Tellingly, these risks are largely the same, whether one acts as a cyberbully or experiences cyberbullying at the hands of others.

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