Just a few drinks can change the way memories form, eventually leading to cravings

Alcohol has very subtle effects on the brain which we’re only beginning to recognize.

Estrogen may cause sex differences in methamphetamine addiction

Treatment for the highly addictive substance might have to be approached differently if you’re male or female.

Nicotine works inside our neurons to reinforce addiction

So, you know. Don’t smoke.

Being empathetic might put you at risk of relapsing as a coping mechanism

With great empathy comes great stress as well!

Lab-tailored enzyme shows promise as a new and powerful treatment against tobacco addiction

Science to the rescue.

Ancient retrovirus may make some people more prone to addiction

The study hints to evidence for a physical cause of addiction.

Deep brain stimulation might one day treat the worst cases of alcohol addiction

Alcohol can ruin lives. But now a novel type of surgery could help some of the most hopeless addicts.

Researchers find a way to block alcohol addiction and ease withdrawal symptoms

Targetting a receptor in the brain could

What Causes Addicts to Relapse?

Addiction is a topic that is shrouded in confusion and has miffed health professionals for decades.

Plot twist: Cannabis component might actually help fight addiction, study concludes

A preclinical study using rats shows that Cannabidiol can reduce the risk of relapse.

Almost 2 out of 3 people who try smoking develop a daily habit

A global study suggests that 69% of the people who tried smoking became daily smokers, even if temporary.

Drugs that cancel the buzz of alcohol are safe and efficient, meta-analysis confirms, but people don’t know about them

Many studies have found naltrexone effective against alcohol addiction but few doctors prescribe it to addicts.

Internet addiction affects over 400 million people globally, study finds

We’ve probably all experienced it at some point – you really have no reason to stay online… but you do so nonetheless. But six percent of the global population actually suffers from internet addiction (IA). Addiction is defined as a substance or activity which is initially pleasurable, but the continued use/act of which becomes compulsive and interferes with ordinary life responsibilities,

Addiction is a disease that first starts with dopamine overcorrection in the brain

Drug and alcohol addiction affects millions of people around the world, but despite decades worth of research and billions of dollars, our understanding of addiction is still far from being complete. Brigham Young University professor Scott Steffensen and his team have recently contributed with a few pieces in the addiction puzzle, which are of vital importance. Their work suggests that

There’s no such thing as porn addiction, review study says

David Ley, PhD, a clinical psychologist in practice in Albuquerque, NM, made an extensive review study of the current scientific literature discussing the idea of ‘porn addiction’. His summary is that, first of all, there’s no such thing as porn addiction, based on the currently published literature since the behavior described in this work can not be described as pathological.

Helping a Family Member with Substance Abuse: Is Long-Term Rehab the Answer?

Watching a loved one struggle with addiction is a painful and traumatic experience. Whether the addict is a teenage child who uses methamphetamine or a grandparent who abuses prescription painkillers, it is difficult to know how and when to intervene and provide the help that they need. If the addiction progresses to the point that their life becomes disrupted, family

No, people, Oreos are not as addictive as drugs!

A recent study was picked up a lot by the media, claiming that “Oreos are as addictive as drugs“. Just to get that out of the way as soon as possible, this headline, as flashy and attractive it is, is flawed. I’ll explain why in this post. The Study The first paragraph from their press release goes like this: Connecticut

Marijuana addiction and abuse treatment shows promising results

While there’s a lot of talk and debate around medicinal marijuana, dispensed for its curative properties against cancer and other ailments, not much is discussed on how marijuana addiction can be treated. Marijuana abuse has always been used by governments as a wild card for keeping it illegal, although the actual extent of it has never been fully assessed mostly

I take thee…Cocaine

Of all drugs, cocaine creates the greatest psychological dependence, because it stimulates key pleasure centers within the brain and causes extremely heightened euphoria. Drugs like this mess with the brain’s circuitry and hijack the reward system. Cocaine cravings are said to be so strong that just the memory of the feelings associated with use of the drug trigger the desire