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Treatment Dropout

Sara Lappan, Ph.D., did a study titled, “Dropout rate of in-person psychosocial substance use disorder treatments: a systematic review and meta-analysis.” Using data from substance use disorder treatments from 1965 to 2016, Lappan found that “approximately 30% of participants in psychosocial substance use disorder treatments do not finish the programs.” News reports have indicated thatRead More

Recovery Through Neuroimaging

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, prescription opioids have become increasingly dangerous, leading to more than 300,000 deaths in the United States. Research needs to continue so that doctors can find new ways to treat addictions and save lives. “Forging Neuroimaging Targets for Recovery in Opioid Use Disorder” does just that. ThisRead More

“New Tools Needed in the Fight Against Substance Use Disorder”

“The infrastructure around treatment must be strengthened by equipping medical professionals with the tools to manage patients with substance use disorders,” said Lori Trahan and James L. Baker in an article for the Boston Globe. Trahan is a US Representative of Massachusetts and a member of the Bipartisan Freshman Working Group on Addiction. Baker servedRead More

Going Beyond AA

“The Alcoholics Anonymous model has worked for drinkers and drug addicts for decades. But there are other options too,” says Lisa Lombardi, author of “Beyond the 12 Steps” for TIME Magazine’s Special Edition: The Science of Addiction. In her article, Lombardi focuses on methods aside from Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and other similar 12-Step programs.Read More

Treating Addiction as a Disease

Addictions are complicated, and roadblocks in recovery can feel insurmountable. Some people with addictions also struggle with food or behaviors like shopping or sex. These co-occurring issues can increase the complications of treating someone with a substance use disorder. Process addictions make it difficult to proceed in recovery because these very behaviors are necessary andRead More

Addiction by Doctor’s Prescription

In TIME Magazine’s Special Edition: The Science of Addiction, author of “Addiction By Doctor’s Prescription,” Jeffrey Kluger says that “well-intentioned pain policies plus powerful opioid meds led to the current epidemic of addiction and death. But there’s new hope.” Read on to find out more about the addiction to opioids that so many Americans face.Read More

When Pleasures Turn to Diseases

Everyone wants to feel pleasure, but some of us don’t know when to stop. This is the main idea of an article in TIME Magazine’s Special Edition: The Science of Addiction. In the article, “The Disease of the Pleasures,” Jeffrey Kluger explains that most of our brain function is simple. Our brains regulate our breath,Read More

What Causes Addictions?

No one is absolutely certain what causes addiction, leading medical professionals to theorize extensively. One of the theories is from Dr. Gabor Maté, an addiction expert. He says that the root cause of addiction is trauma. We’ve all heard of the “chicken or egg” dilemma. The same argument can be said for those with addictions.Read More

How Do I Talk To My Young Adult About Alcohol?

Young adults have their whole lives in front of them. They also are experiencing many changes in their lives. From going off to college, getting jobs, and crafting new relationships, young adults have a lot to deal with. They are also very impressionable. For some young adults, this new time away from home is theRead More