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Novelty Lures Lab Rats from Cocaine-Paired Settings, Hinting at New Treatments for Recovering Addicts

The brain’s innate interest in the new and different may help trump the power of addictive drugs, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. In controlled experiments, novelty drew cocaine-treated rats away from the place they got cocaine.

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Cocaine Addiction, Excercise

Professor’s Grant Explores Exercise as Help for Cocaine Addiction

Davidson College psychology professor Mark Smith has received a grant of almost $1 million from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to support five years of animal studies to more precisely determine the benefits of exercise at various stages in the addictive process.

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Drug Addiction, Cocaine Abuse, Animal Studies

Cocaine Exposure During Pregnancy Leads to Impulsivity in Male, Not Female, Monkeys

Adult male monkeys exposed to cocaine while in the womb have poor impulse control and may be more vulnerable to drug abuse than female monkeys, even a decade or more after the exposure, according to a new study by researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. The findings could lead to a better understanding of human drug abuse.

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Drug Addiction, Drinking Age, Alcoholism

Later Drinking Ages Mean Less Alcohol Use

A new study finds that adults who legally were able to purchase alcohol before the age of 21 in their states are more likely than others are to be alcoholics or addicted to drugs.

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art, Therapy, Drug Addiction, Children, Drawing, Social, work, Verbalization

Drawing Enhances Verbalization in Children of Drug-Addicts

Drawing enhances emotional verbalization among children who live under the shadow of drug-addicted fathers. "The use of art seems to help with verbalizing trauma. It is usually difficult to express the trauma through speech, yet the body remembers it," said Prof. Rachel Lev-Wiesel, Head of the Graduate School of Creative Arts Therapies who carried out the study.

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Alcohol, Nicotine, Cocaine, Heroin, Opoids, Addictions, Genetics, Genetics, Psychiatry

Common Genes Tied to Alcohol, Nicotine, Cocaine Addictions

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For decades, finding clues to substance addiction has been much like searching for a needle in a haystack. But researchers may finally be honing in on specific genes tied to all types of addictions - and finding that some of the same genes associated with alcohol dependence are also closely linked with addictions to nicotine, cocaine, opoids, heroin and other substances.

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Adolescents Are Undertreated for Addiction

A University of Kentucky researcher finds there are too few treatment programs available for adolescent addicts.

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Internet Addiction, Violence, Aggression

Study Links Internet Addiction to Aggression in Teens

Internet-addicted teens seem more prone to aggression than other adolescents, according to new findings from Taiwanese researchers. However, Americans who study violence are not ready to make any conclusions about a possible link.

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Resolution, Resolutions, tips, Addictions, Weight, loss, January, Change, Healthy, Habit

Top Five Tips for Keeping Resolutions

Each January 1, many of us resolve to alter ourselves in some way. We will give up smoking. We will eat healthier. We will be more patient. However by January 15, we've chucked it out the window. But all is not lost, says John O'Neill, LCSW, LCDC, CSAT, director of Addiction Services for The Menninger Clinic in Houston.

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Smoking, Nicotine, Addiction, Niccotine Addition, Relapse, Nicotine Addiction, Comt Inhibitors

Research Probes Genetic Underpinnings of Nicotine Addiction

A new study from the Abramson Cancer Center and Department of Psychiatry in the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine shows that smokers who carry a particular version of a gene for an enzyme that regulates dopamine in the brain may suffer from concentration problems and other cognitive deficits when abstaining from nicotine "“ a problem that puts them at risk for relapse during attempts to quit smoking. The findings pave the way to identify novel medications to treat nicotine addiction.







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