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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released the findings from its annual survey on drug and alcohol use in the US. The report presents detailed results from the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), which is the primary source of information on the use of illicit drugs, alcohol, […]

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Regular therapy in groups and individually is the core of addiction treatment. Groups provide peer feedback and a listening ear from those who are experiencing many of the same emotions and feelings. One-on-one sessions allow for deeper, more focused work using a variety of scientifically proven methods. Despite the varied approaches, the goal is always […]

We always knew those video games could be addicting, but now a new study published in the journal Pediatrics found that boys with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) were more likely to get addicted to them than boys with “typical development.” Video game addiction, or “problematic video game use” as […]

We’ve come a long way since the 50s, when cigarette brands would often sponsor popular television programs. In 1971, all tobacco ads were banned from TV and radio. Now, more than four decades later, tobacco advertising is one of the most highly regulated forms of marketing around. Despite these efforts, smoking is still the leading […]

At the first sign of pain, are you running for the medicine cabinet and some medicinal relief? You’re not alone. In our culture, we’ve become increasingly unwilling to tolerate even minor pain. While we aren’t willing to live with any sort of physical discomfort, we’ve become increasingly comfortable with taking medication – even strong prescription […]

The idea that marijuana serves as a “gateway drug,” leading to the use and eventual abuse of harder substances, has been around for decades. Now a new study shows that marijuana use leads to a higher likelihood of tobacco use. It is still more common for drug abuse to progress from tobacco to pot, but […]

Alcohol and substance abuse treatment has changed much over the past decades. New studies and methods refine the way we help those battling addiction reach recovery and stave off relapse. Experts and facilities across the country provide treatment for substance abuse, and tracking trends in the industry helps ensure quality care is provided. The number […]

Does your ethnicity make you more or less susceptible to substance abuse? A recent study seems to prove your heritage does play a role. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) recently issued a report entitled “Need for and Receipt of Substance Use Treatment Among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.” The findings showed […]

The high-profile Jodi Arias trial has mental health and treatment professionals taking notice. As the proceedings wrap up, there has been much discussion about the DSM. Its formal name is the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. The latest version of this “mental health bible,” the DSM-IV-TR (fourth edition, text revision), is used by […]

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It is not uncommon to find that a drug created for one purpose may be used to treat other issues as well, and interesting new options for addressing addiction have experts taking notice. As we better understand how addiction and brain disease overlap, scientists are discovering new treatment methods in already established medications. Options being […]