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Co-addiction of meth and opioids hinders treatment

December 9, 2019

Judith Tsui, a UW Medicine clinician specializing in addiction treatment, was seeing more and more patients she was…
Research reveals why nicotine initially feels disgusting, could help smokers quit

November 27, 2019

Taryn Grieder has a personal interest in understanding why people continue to smoke despite the initial revulsion and countless…
National Focus on Overdose Prevention Should Include Alcohol Too, Study Suggests

October 18, 2019

For several years, the national spotlight has shone on the need to prevent and rapidly treat opioid overdoses.…
Benefits for Mind, Body and Work Ability Seen in Medicaid Expansion

September 26, 2019

Expanding Medicaid to more low-income adults helped many of them feel healthier, and do a better job at work…
NIH to test experimental drug to curb opioid cravings

March 25, 2019

A clinical trial of an experimental drug designed to treat cravings associated with opioid use disorder (OUD) has…
Brain scans help predict drug relapse

December 31, 2018

Predicting who will remain drug-free and who will relapse following treatment for drug addiction has been impossible –…
Higher average potency cannabis may increase risk for first disorder symptom

December 19, 2018

Recreational cannabis is legal in 10 states and Washington, D.C., but regulations regarding potency do not exist. The…
Opioid prescriptions from dentists linked to youth addiction risk

December 11, 2018

Teenagers and young adults who receive initial opioid prescriptions from their dentists or oral surgeons are at increased…
Pot withdrawal eased for dependent users

December 7, 2018

A new drug can help people diagnosed with cannabis use disorder reduce withdrawal symptoms and marijuana use, a…
Vapers can avoid relapsing to smoking, even after the odd cigarette

November 29, 2018

Smokers who switch to vaping don’t lapse for long – according to new research from the University of…
How exercise could help fight drug addiction

November 19, 2018

The siren call of addictive drugs can be hard to resist, and returning to the environment where drugs…
Addictive behaviours have strong links with ancient retroviral infection

September 27, 2018

The human genome is “littered” with remnants of ancient retrovirus infections that invaded the germline of our primate…
Quitting junk food produces similar withdrawal-type symptoms as drug addiction

September 24, 2018

If you plan to try and quit junk food, expect to suffer similar withdrawal-type symptoms—at least during the…
A potential new weapon in the battle against addiction

April 30, 2018

Cocaine and other drugs of abuse hijack the natural reward circuits in the brain. In part, that’s why…
Community efforts to prevent teen problems have lasting benefits

April 30, 2018

Want to prevent kids from using drugs and make it stick into young adulthood? Get the community involved…
Alternatives to opioids

April 11, 2018

Since ancient times, humans have used opium and its derivatives to block pain. Yet in all that time,…
How treatment for addiction came out of the Dark Ages

April 3, 2018

“It’s not often that a psychiatrist gets to hear ‘Doctor, you saved my life,’ ” said Ellen Edens,…
We’re not addicted to smartphones, we’re addicted to social interaction

February 19, 2018

We all know people who, seemingly incapable of living without the bright screen of their phone for more…
Study: In heroin addiction, glial cells play key roles in regulating the motivation for the drug

January 30, 2018

Scientists studying addiction know that heroin and other opioids induce plasticity in brain cells. Now, University at Buffalo…
People with a Heightened Risk for Social Media Addiction have a Distorted Perception of Time

January 16, 2018

Whether ‘excessive’ use of social media is a bona fide addiction or not — and researchers seem to…
Brain research points the way to new treatments for nicotine addiction

December 28, 2017

As the worldwide death toll from tobacco use continues to climb—it’s currently six million per year and is…
Motivation, not habit, contributes to drug addiction

November 22, 2017

For addicts to obtain drugs, such as cocaine, it often requires considerable ingenuity and flexibility—behavior that should not…
People excluded by society face a higher risk of early death

November 15, 2017

There are certain people we tend to distance ourselves from. It is homeless people, those who use hard…
New Study Casts doubt on the Clinical Significance of Gaming Addiction

October 27, 2017

With online gaming becoming socially acceptable outside a relatively narrow niche populated by hard-core enthusiasts, the number of…
Hey doc, can you get me off these meds?

September 18, 2017

Most Canadians over 65 years of age take a lot of prescription drugs – two-thirds, in fact, take…
Activating brain region creates intense desire to use cocaine

August 22, 2017

Researchers have identified a portion of the brain that intensifies one’s desire for certain rewards—in this case, mimicking…
E-cigarettes less addictive than cigarettes, PATH study shows

June 14, 2017

People who regularly use electronic cigarettes are less dependent on their product than those who regularly use traditional…
UW researchers recognized for smartphone app aimed at preventing substance abuse relapse

May 19, 2017

A UW–Madison research team was selected as one of seven finalists in Harvard’s Innovation in American Government competition,…
Where you live may impact how much you drink

May 15, 2017

Neighborhoods with greater poverty and disorganization may play a greater role in problem drinking than the availability of…
Stress flips cocaine relapse to ‘on’; research switches it back to ‘off’

April 14, 2017

A heartbreaking phenomenon of addiction is that just a brief stressful episode can trigger relapse. In a detailed…
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