There is an inherent assumption by many that if you’re addicted to one drug, even if you get better, you’re likely to switch over to another. It’s a pretty disheartening concept for those struggling to overcome an addiction, making one think that, even if their treatment is successful, they just might become addicted to another drug or behavior. Now a new study has investigated this hypothesis and come to the conclusion that overcoming a drug addiction actually reduces the risk for a new addiction.
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Anyone who regularly consumes alcohol in excessive amounts can eventually develop moderate, severe or even life-threatening degrees of liver damage. Researchers are well aware that long-term heavy drinkers who also participate in the drunkenness-producing, short-term practice called binge drinking can substantially worsen the overall amount of liver damage they ultimately sustain. In a study published in September 2014 in the journal Hepatology International, researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine explored the underlying reasons why binge drinking produces this additive effect. The researchers concluded that binge drinking can actually lead to liver-damaging changes in the body’s DNA.
Pornography is not always a bad thing. Many people are able to use it in a way that is normal and healthy. Some people even use it within relationships in a way that strengthens the bond and their sexual activities. For others who use porn, it can become problematic, even obsessive. While an image may be forming in your head of a man obsessed with pornography, research tells us that in our modern world, women are just as likely to have a problem with porn.
Adriana knew deep down she had a drinking problem but didn’t know exactly how it had gotten so bad. She had liked drinking since high school, but for a long time, she could take it or leave it. It had started out as a weekend thing, but as work life and relationships—oh, the craziness of relationships—had evolved, she’d somehow stepped up to drinking on weeknights. Then every night. Finally, her drinking had gotten so bad that she was regularly going into work the next day still drunk from the night before. She’d lost her job. Her family had intervened on her, which was how she’d found herself in rehab the first time.
So many drug addicts end up in prison because of the desperation this disease causes in its victims. Addicts will often commit crimes to get a fix – including the relatively minor crime of buying drugs on the street. The result is that many people who need treatment for addiction end up in prison getting little or no help. An innovative and ambitious program in Utah is changing the typical pattern. It is helping addicted inmates battle their demons through exercise, setting goals and replacing addiction with something meaningful.
Morphine is a powerful opioid medication commonly used to treat certain forms of moderate and severe pain. Like all other opioid medications, it creates changes in normal brain chemistry that can potentially lead to the onset of drug addiction. In a study published in September 2014 in the journal PLOS One, a team of American researchers explored the usefulness of an epilepsy medication called carbamazepine in lowering the amount of morphine given to the average patient. Such a reduction in morphine doses could substantially diminish the risks for morphine addiction.
Binge drinking, a form of alcohol consumption geared toward the rapid attainment of legal intoxication, is a relatively common and seriously harmful behavior among older teenagers and younger adults in the U.S. In a study published in September 2014 in the journal Substance Abuse, a team of Italian and British researchers investigated the potential usefulness of a smartphone application in helping young people reduce their binge drinking involvement. The app under consideration seeks to relay the known risks of this pattern of alcohol intake in a convenient, easily understandable format.
Drug cravings are the powerful urges that repeatedly reinforce a continuing pattern of substance intake in people dealing with addiction. The presence of these urges can easily derail an attempt to maintain substance abstinence during the recovery process. In a study scheduled for publication in 2014 in the journal Addiction Biology, researchers from two U.S. universities investigated the impact that a personal history of child maltreatment has on the strength of the drug cravings experienced by adult men addicted to cocaine.
All opioids carry inherent risks when abused, from illicit heroin to the OxyContin you may be prescribed by your doctor. Prescription drug abuse is at epidemic levels in the U.S., and when users can’t get high using their typical opioid of choice, previous experience shows that they’ll switch to other prescription opioids or even heroin. In this climate of widespread opioid addiction, new dangerous opioids like acetyl fentanyl pose immense risks to the population’s health. Experts have warned emergency physicians to be on the lookout for what appears to be ordinary opioid overdose, but might actually be attributed to acetyl fentanyl, a drug that’s five to 15 times more potent than heroin. Finding out more about this substance and its dangers helps you understand why public health officials are concerned about the upsurge in overdose cases.
Energy drinks are a group of heavily caffeinated beverages commonly promoted for use as energy boosters, performance enhancers or wakefulness promoters. In the U.S., significant numbers of young people combine these stimulating beverages with alcohol, a powerful central nervous system depressant. In a study published in September 2014 in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, researchers from two U.S. universities sought to determine if frequency of involvement in the combined use of energy drinks and alcohol accurately predicts the chances that any young consumer will go on to experience seriously negative alcohol-related consequences in the near future.