Can Changes in the Immune System Worsen the Impact of Cocaine Addiction?

Research has shown that people who use cocaine have an increased susceptibility to immune system problems, as well as increased risks for serious or life-threatening infections. Some of the immune system-related issues in cocaine users appear to come from secondary environmental factors; however, some of these issues stem directly from changes in normal immune function.…

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Short Test Accurately Identifies Impulse Control Problems

Impulse control problems are unusual difficulties controlling the momentary, impulsive urges that naturally arise in children and adults. The appearance of these problems is linked to a range of diagnosable health conditions, including substance use disorder, certain types of eating disorders, certain personality disorders and bipolar disorder. Doctors can identify impulse control issues with the…

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How Do Alcoholics Respond to Conflicting Brain Effects of Drinking?

Alcohol consumption triggers both pleasurable brain effects (in the form of euphoria) and unpleasant brain effects (in the form of a negative reaction to other symptoms of intoxication). Any person who develops the symptoms of alcohol abuse and/or alcoholism must somehow withstand the unpleasant effects of drinking while attempting to access the pleasurable effects. In…

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