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How Does Delay Discounting Affect the Behavior of Cocaine Addicts?

Posted on October 23rd, 2014

How-Does-Delay-Discounting-Affect-the-Behavior-of-Cocaine-AddictsDelay discounting is a term psychologists and psychiatrists use to describe the human tendency to favor tangible short-term rewards over potentially greater long-term rewards. The same term applies to the human tendency to weigh obvious short-term losses against potential long-term losses. In a study slated for publication in 2014 in the journal Addictive Behaviors, researchers from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine examined the ways in which people addicted to cocaine calculate the short- and long-term rewards and losses associated with the consumption of this powerful stimulant drug.

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Laser Light Reveals How Cocaine Cuts Blood Flow to Brain

Posted on October 21st, 2014

Laser-Light-Reveals-How-Cocaine-Cuts-Blood-Flow-to-BrainUse of the stimulant drug cocaine is linked to increased risks for experiencing a potentially fatal change in blood vessel health known as a stroke. However, researchers have not previously known how this drug produces its damaging effects inside the brain’s blood vessels. In a study published in September 2014 in the journal Biomedical Optics Express, researchers from two U.S. institutions used laboratory testing on mice to explore the underlying mechanisms of cocaine-related blood vessel damage inside the brain. These researchers concluded that the drug produces its harmful impact by severely reducing blood flow in affected blood vessels.

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Enhancing Memory Helps in Treatment of Meth Addiction, Study Finds

Posted on October 19th, 2014

Enhancing-Memory-Helps-in-Treatment-of-Meth-Addiction-Study-FindsChronic use of the powerful stimulant drug methamphetamine is statistically linked with increased chances of developing diagnosable symptoms of depression. Chronic methamphetamine consumption can also lead to significant impairments in memory. In a study published in August 2014 in the journal Addictive Behaviors, researchers from two U.S. universities explored the interactive impact of depression symptoms and memory problems in habitual or chronic methamphetamine users. These researchers concluded that the presence of depression in habitual meth users is linked to important impairments in a particular type of memory known as metamemory.

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Living With Layers of Loss

Posted on October 7th, 2014

Living With Layers of LossBy Edie Weinstein, LSW

@EdieWeinstein1

From the moment we’re born, we enter into a world in which we experience loss. It can be as simple as giving up a pacifier or a bottle as we mature from infant to toddler or as challenging as the death of a beloved animal companion. We struggle to understand the concept of something “going away,” and often there are no role models who are at ease with discussing the topic because they, too, may not have been educated in the ways of loss and grief. Add to that the reality of fractured families, dissolved marriages, mental health issues and addictions, and there’s little wonder why we’re surprised with recovery in the midst of it all.

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