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What Is Addiction? W…

People with an addiction do not have control over what
they are doing, taking or using. Their addiction may reach
a point at which it is harmful. Addictions do not only
include physical things we consume, such as drugs or
alcohol, but may include virtually anything, such abstract
things as…

49-Percent Rise In E…

A new national study shows that from 2005 to 2009 (the
most recent year with available figures) there was a
49-percent increase in emergency department visits for
drug related suicide attempts by women aged 50 and older
— from 11,235 visits in 2005 to 16,757 in 2009. This

Excellent Article On Addiction Stigma


Excellent Article On…

Drug Addiction: Stigma Paints it as a Choice, Not a Mental
Illness I like to think that we are making great progress
in the fight against the stigma of mental illness —
a fight that is necessary to ensure that people of any age
with psychiatric or learning disorders feel comfortable…

People Dependent On …

DrugScope, the national membership organisation
representing the drug sector, has today responded to the
release of figures from the Department for Work and
Pensions (DWP) which show that 79,360 people who claim
Incapacity Benefit (IB) have either a drug or alcohol
dependency. The DWP figures…

Study reveals new ta…

Study reveals new target for antidepressants By Kate
Kelland   LONDON (Reuters) – British scientists
using human stem cells say they have found out how
antidepressants make new brain cells — a finding
that should help drug researchers develop better and more

Lasting Brain Change…

Lasting Brain Changes Discovered In Underage Binge

The definition of addiction is closely examined


The definition of ad…

The definition of ‘addiction’ is closely examined By
WILLIAM VAN OST COLUMNIST Dear Readers: Over the past few
years, I have repeatedly labeled alcoholism, as well as
addiction to any other drugs, a “disease”
process. In today’s column, I’m going to try
to clarify…

Hearts & Minds:…

Hearts & Minds: NAMI Highlights Meditation, Yoga And
Other “Mindfulness” Practices For Mental
Illness The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is
providing a new dimension to its Hearts & Minds
initiative, an educational program that promotes
“mind and…

Combining High-Yield…

Psychiatric Times.Vol. 27No. 10 By Jesse H. Wright, MD,
PhD and Michael E. Thase, MD |November 2, 2010 Dr Wright
is professor in the department of psychiatry and
behavioral sciences at the University of Louisville School
of Medicine in Kentucky. Dr Thase is professor in the
department of…

Unlocking the secret…

Unlocking the secrets of our compulsions ScienceDaily
(2010-12-08) — Researchers have shed new light on
dopamine’s role in the brain’s reward system,
which could provide insight into impulse control problems
associated with addiction and a number of psychiatric