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Reduced Drinking Leads to Improved Mood

Posted on August 19th, 2014

Reduced Drinking Leads to Improved MoodDoctors and researchers know that people affected by alcohol use disorder (alcoholism and/or alcohol abuse) have increased risks for developing psychosis, a highly debilitating mental state centered on an inability to stay anchored in moment-to-moment reality. In turn, people affected by psychosis can fall into drinking patterns that lead to the onset of alcohol use disorder. In a study published in June 2014 in the journal Addiction, researchers from two British universities investigated whether the specific level of alcohol intake in a person with alcohol use disorder has an impact on the psychosis-related symptoms he or she experiences.

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Which Addicts Are Most Likely to Seek Treatment?

Posted on August 18th, 2014

Which Addicts Are Most Likely to Seek Treatment?Researchers and addiction specialists have compiled an extensive body of scientifically verified evidence on effective ways to develop drug treatment programs. However, people with significant drug problems often don’t feel the need to enter treatment. In a study designated for publication in October 2014 in the journal Addictive Behaviors, a team of American researchers used a model called the Theory of Planned Behavior to examine the connections between attitudes toward drug treatment and the chances that a drug user will perceive a need to enter treatment.

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Mental Illness More Dangerous to Health Than Smoking

Posted on August 15th, 2014

Mental Illness More Dangerous to Health Than SmokingThe ongoing public health campaign against smoking has seen quite a bit of success. The rate of smoking among adults in the United States has fallen from 42 percent in 1965 to 18 percent today, and similar declines have been seen in several other countries. These days, almost everyone knows about the health risks associated with cigarette smoking—heart disease, lung cancer, emphysema, stroke, nicotine addiction, etc.—and this is a testament to the thoroughness and effectiveness of anti-smoking publicity and educational initiatives.

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Men and Women Seeking Addiction Recovery: Different and the Same

Posted on August 14th, 2014

Men and Women Seeking Addiction Recovery: Different and the SameAre men and women the same when it comes to drug addiction and recovery? Should their treatment look the same? At a 2013 conference in Britain, the topic of male and female addiction similarities and differences was addressed by Joanne Neale, a professor of public health at Oxford Brookes University. Neale interviewed and followed up with 40 male and female former heroin users in recovery (ages 24 to 50). She also detailed findings from the Drug Outcomes Research in Scotlandtrial, or DORIS, a 2001-2002 study of 1,033 men and women. Here is a summary of her presentation.

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