Gender Differences in Substance Use

During all the phases of drug abuse--initiation, escalation of use, addiction, and relapse, there are sex differences. According to the National Institutes of Health, research has shown that women often use and respond to drugs differently. Women begin regularly using licit and illicit drugs at lower doses than do males. While women are just as [...]

By | December 7th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Effects of Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol abuse can range from unhealthy drinking habits, to drinking every day, or binge drinking. When one abuses alcohol, they continue to drink even though it may be causing problems in their life. In one's social life, alcohol abuse can cause issues within the family, employment issues, legal problems such as driving while intoxicated, violence, [...]

By | November 27th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

A New Type of Pain Killer

James Zadina, a researcher at the Tulane School of Medicine, is working on creating a pain killer that will reduce pain, but at the same time--not get patients addicted to it. In August of 2015, Zadina and his team published a study in Neuropharmacology where he reported that they treated pain in rats without causing [...]

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In The News: Opiod Public Health Emergency

On Thursday, October 26, 2017, President Donald Trump declared that the opiod addiction crisis is now a nationwide public health emergency. According to the CDC, the total estimated economic cost of the opiod crisis is $78.5 billion. However, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Public Health Emergency Fund only makes a total [...]

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The Road Less Traveled: The Path Back to Nature

What happens when some people begin to feel that major health institutions and prescription drugs just aren't their cup of tea? When they can feel that their overall health is just not being improved by their sporadic attempts at making and following through with doctors appointments? That is when the long trek back to nature, [...]

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Addiction – Brain Disorder or Behavior Issue?

Is Addiction a Brain Disorder or Behavior Issue? For years, arguments have ranged over addiction as a disease or a behavioral issue. Even today, many people think addiction is simply a factor of a lack of self-control. They think the addict is just making poor choices, isn't trying hard enough to get better, or is [...]

By | December 8th, 2015|Blog|Comments Off on Addiction – Brain Disorder or Behavior Issue?

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