Caring for the Children of Addicts Is Vital to Reducing the Prevalence of Addiction

Posted on April 24th, 2014

children-of-addictsAlmost 11 million Americans 18-years of age and younger are the children of alcoholics, according to the National Association for Children of Alcoholics. This is a shocking figure, and a definite underestimate at that, given that other substances—including illicit drugs and prescription medicines—are unaccounted for. If we intend to reduce the impact addiction has on our society, it’s essential that we recognize the additional risk these children are at and take steps to counteract the problems before they have a chance to develop. Addiction comes from a combination of genetic and environmental influences. This is why, as Laurie Dhue and Joe Schrank (founder of sober living facility Loft 107) argue, we can’t just sit back and do nothing about it.

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Brain Chemistry Discovery Could Lead to New Anti-Depressant Treatment

Posted on April 22nd, 2014

anti-depressant-treatmentDepression is a problem for around 10 percent of all Americans. Current anti-depressant medications rely on serotonin reuptake inhibitors which take weeks to reach efficacy levels and are not reliably effective for all patients. Many are ready for a different kind of anti-depressant medication, and European research may be on the cusp of finding one.

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Why Do People Who Want to Quit Smoking Cigarettes Use Cannabis?

Posted on April 21st, 2014

quit-smoking-cigarettesSome people who enter smoking cessation in order to stop using cigarettes continue to smoke marijuana or other forms of cannabis. In turn, continued use of cannabis can substantially diminish the odds that a cigarette smoker will successfully halt their tobacco intake. In a study published in January/February 2014 in the American Journal on Addictions, a team of American and Australian researchers explored the reasons people interested in smoking cessation use cannabis. Specifically, these researchers wanted to know if an individual’s emotional state or particular motives for cannabis intake affect their chances of using the drug while trying to stop smoking cigarettes.

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Specific Concerns for Elderly at Risk for Substance Abuse

Posted on April 17th, 2014

Specific Concerns for Elderly at Risk for Substance Abuse An alcoholic beverage at the age of 70 affects the body much differently than it does at 20. As metabolism slows the body holds alcohol longer and becomes more sensitive to it. Add this to the fact that older Americans take more prescription drugs to help ease the physical and mental ailments that start cascading as the body ages and they may not realize the dangers they’re facing.

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