Category Archives: Addiction Research

How the Complex Nature of the Brain Affects Addiction

July 31, 2015

The brain is unique in the human body for many reasons. It controls all of the important functions of our body and mind including the function of many organs, physical movement of our arms and legs, how we think and speech and memory. Its complexity continues to mystify and confound scientists and physicians. However, what is known is that the health of the brain affects the proper functioning of the human body and damage to the brain can be quite devastating. – See more at: Continue reading

How Addiction Develops

July 27, 2015

Abusing drugs or alcohol does not always result in an addiction. In some cases, individuals experiment with a substance and then walk away from the drug. Other individuals show signs of chemical dependency and addiction quickly after using a drug once or twice. In some cases, a loved one even develops an addiction to prescription medications after using the substance for legitimate medical reasons. Continue reading

Is Addiction a Disease?

July 20, 2015

Addiction is a complex disease that can alter a brain’s normal function. While the term ‘disease’ is often debated, countless factors affect a person’s likelihood and severity of addiction. The good news is that with preventative measures and structured treatment, people can avoid drug abuse and get the help they need to take back control of their lives. Continue reading

Complete Your Addiction Treatment with a Winning Mindset

November 10, 2014

Addiction treatment odds for success are significantly increased if you have the right attitude – a winning mindset. Find out just what a winning mindset entails. Continue reading

Alcohol Addiction Facts: Men and the Recession

December 12, 2013

Alcohol addiction facts can be very surprising. One such fact has become particularly relevant in recent times: Men who lose their jobs or homes or suffer from pay cuts due to the recession are much more likely to start having troubles with drinking. Continue reading

Substance Abuse and Unemployment: Beyond Statistics

December 2, 2013

Substance abuse and unemployment have long been associated with each other, but how accurate is this connection? The National Survey on Drug Use and Health from 2012 found that 17 percent of unemployed people had a substance abuse disorder, compared to 9 percent of full-time workers. What do these statistics tell us and what can we do? Continue reading

The Effects of Drug Abuse on Brain Function

April 17, 2013

Unfortunately the effects of drug abuse on brain function can be long lasting and severe. For some people the effects can be devastating. It is unknown how frequently or how severely you must abuse drugs in order to start suffering the consequences. What is know is that the sooner you stop and seek treatment, the less vulnerable you are to its damaging effects. Continue reading

How Strategies That Support Recovery From Addiction Help Non-Addicts

April 8, 2013

Recovery from addiction teaches life lessons that can benefit anyone, not just people who struggle with addiction. People who are successfully recovering from addiction may identify with the old adage of “what does not kill you only makes you stronger.” This quote from philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche effectively describes the post-treatment situation that many patients experience. Such increased fortitude can be achieved through a change in lifestyle, dietary and psychosocial practices, restoring fulfilling elements to the life of someone who is recovering from addiction. People who face the challenge of recovery will hopefully be able to build from their experience and live a fuller, richer life without drug abuse or addiction. Continue reading

The Latest About Drug Abuse and Addiction: Bath Salts May Be as Addictive As Cocaine

July 30, 2012

Drug abuse and addiction professionals are constantly combating the public’s misinformation. Rumors and “facts” on the street about specific drugs and drug use may not only be false, but may also be dangerous. Some people may believe certain drugs are less addictive, less harmful or even not addictive at all based on street information. Individuals suffering from substance abuse or even trying drugs for the first time may make harmful choices and suffer the consequences because of bad information. Continue reading

The Role of Genetics in Alcohol Addiction

March 20, 2012

Alcohol addiction and an individual’s propensity towards addiction has several contributing factors. One of the most controversial of them has been genetics. Is there an addiction gene? Can the disease of addiction be passed down genetically from one generation to the next? Can it skip a generation like other diseases? If you do have the so called addiction gene, is that pretty much a life sentence that you are going to develop a chemical dependency at some point in your life? These are all normal questions that we’re asked fairly regularly and it’s completely understandable. Drug and alcohol addiction is a terrible disease that seems to always leave us with tons of questions, and not always very many answers. Because this is an issue with a lot of interest and misinformation surrounding it, we wanted to take the time to shed some light on it. Continue reading