09

May

Smoking cigarettes has always been an issue within American society, but according to a recent study, more Americans are making a serious attempt to quit smoking. Since 2014, “55 percent of the smoking population [has attempted to quit].” A new campaign named the “Healthy People 2020 Tobacco Use objective”, which was launched in 2000 by…

08

May

Addiction to Pain Relievers on the Rise   Addiction occurs in all shapes and forms, but according to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, of “20.5 million Americans age 12 and older, 2 million of them had a substance use disorder involving prescription pain relievers.” Opioid addiction is becoming a larger issue, and healthcare professionals…

24

Apr

Addiction comes in all shapes and sizes. Whether an individual is addicted to cocaine, or to eating their favorite food, it all affects the same part of the brain. This specific part of the brain has to do with “reward processing.” Variations in our genes that have to do with reward processing can tell us…

15

Jul

To many parents, it’s incredibly surprising learning their child is addicted to drugs, as they believe it’s extremely unlikely for their child to get access to them. Substance abuse often starts small, then slowly increases in doses as their curiosity of the drug becomes abuse. The Director of the Public Health and Research Department at…

04

May

Most people familiar with Alcoholism know how devastating of a problem it is. It effects our economy with loss of production and healthcare, consumes families and destroys lives. Individuals afflicted with alcoholism struggle every day to avoid the temptation of drinking. Some give in to it even though it may cost them their health, freedom…

21

Apr

The obesity rate has not only risen in the United States, but all over the world. The World Health Organization estimates that “1.9 billion people worldwide are overweight and 600 million considered obese.” Many believe the main culprit is sugar. Sugar sets off a chemical reaction in our brain which can become addicting. Chronic sugar…

01

Jul

For those fighting addiction problems, there may be a new tool available for them. A drug called Isradipine, used for high blood pressure, is under clinical trials to further determine its effectiveness.  How they work is they target areas of the brain associated with cravings. For more information click here

20

May

Smartphone addiction has become more substantial as of late. This is effecting smartphone users by becoming an obstacle in healthy human contact. Phone addiction is becoming more and more concurrent with teens and adults but is not as addictive as drugs or alcohol. This study compares “smart phone addiction” with other addictions. click here for…

04

May

Drugs popularity has been increasing among  youth. However, our understanding of addiction and impact it has on us and our brains has also increased. Drugs alter our brain chemistry in ways that make stopping the drug of choice difficult. Since different drugs effect brain chemistry in their own ways, each drug could present it’s own unique…

26

Feb

Social media is used by millions of people daily. It is helpful in keeping up with news, trends, current events, and family/friends recent activities.  A University of Albany research has presented some problems associated with social media. In their research they discovered that “people who struggled with social media addiction were more likely to report…