18

Feb

The human brain consists of many working parts and functions. One set of functions is called the Executive Function. These functions help us get things done. They include skills such as reasoning, problem solving, planning, impulse control, and what we call working memory. Working memory is an important process for our learning and decision making….

20

Sep

Bipolar disorder (causes unusual shifts in moods, energy level, sleep difficulties, and disruption in life activities), left untreated, could be devastating for some individuals. It can create significant challenges for the young. Adolescents are adjusting to many challenges while growing up. If they are struggling with this diagnosis, they are not always going to acknowledge…

28

Jul

If a child has experienced abuse or domestic violence of some sort, it may lead to them being more likely to experiment with drugs. Children who have had that exposure are more likely to try things such as marijuana, cocaine, prescription drugs, and many other harmful substances. Not only can domestic abuse lead to experimentation,…

20

Jul

Some of the most effective treatments for substance abuse among youth is within the juvenile justice system. “We have to move these evidence-based treatments and approaches out of the justice system and back into the community,” said the national executive director of Reclaiming Futures, Evan Elkin. In order to get proper treatment and avoid jail…

24

Nov

A study conducted by the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research presented findings that age of first use (prescribed) of prescription pain killer drugs could impact misuse at a later time. “Researchers said teen painkiller use was associated with a 33 percent increased risk of later abuse. And it was seen mostly among those…

19

Nov

Recent research findings that support those diagnosed with attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are at greater risk for a diagnosis of substance abuse disorder. ADHD symptoms in early childhood predicted substance abuse in teen years. “The results also support the “accelerated gateway model” of drug use, showing that experimentation with tobacco or alcohol at younger ages,…

04

Oct

For individuals trying to remain abstinent form drugs and alcohol, there is an increased likelihood of relapse if they have a history of child abuse or neglect. Although using a small sample size,  researchers discovered that  a history of child abuse could significantly alter treatment of substance abuse. A thorough family history should be taken…

07

Feb

President Obama signed the Synthetic Drug Abuse Prevention Act of 2012 into law on July 9 as part of S. 3187, the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act. The legislation bans synthetic compounds commonly found in synthetic marijuana (“K2″ or “Spice”), synthetic stimulants (“Bath Salts”), and hallucinogens, by placing them under Schedule I…

07

Feb

He steered into the high school parking lot, clicked off the ignition and scanned the scraps of his recent weeks. Crinkled chip bags on the dashboard. Soda cups at his feet. And on the passenger seat, a rumpled SAT practice book whose owner had been told since fourth grade he was headed to the Ivy…

06

Jan

By Lauran Neergaard AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON — Addiction isn’t just about willpower. It’s a chronic brain disease, says a new definition aimed at helping families and their doctors better understand the challenges of treating it. “Addiction is about a lot more than people behaving badly,” says Dr. Michael M. Miller of the American Society…