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Chances for better care for addicts
Recently six scientific studies have been published on better care for addicts. The studies were carried out on behalf of ZonMW (Netherlands Organisation for Health Research) and NWO. They provide an overview of the current scientific knowledge about important themes in addiction. The studies provide perspectives for policy, research and practice. (2006-05-11)

BMC physician awarded NIDA grant for addiction medicine training program
Boston Medical Center physician Jeffrey Samet, M.D., chief, section of general internal medicine, in collaboration with co-principal investigator, Patrick O'Connor, M.D., chief section of general internal medicine at Yale School of Medicine, were awarded a five-year, $1.4 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to aid the development of formal addiction medicine training programs. (2012-04-02)

Addiction is a disease, and negative attitudes must change
Health professionals and society must change their negative attitudes toward addiction, which is a disease that requires treatment like other health conditions, states an editorial in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. (2011-12-12)

Covering substance abuse and addiction issues: What's new?
Journalists and writers are invited to attend this seminar sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health (2002-03-05)

Childhood abuse linked with food addiction in adult women
Women who experienced severe physical or sexual abuse during childhood are much more likely to have a food addiction as adults than women who did not experience such abuse, according to a new study published in the journal Obesity. The study's findings provide valuable new information regarding potential causes and treatments for food addiction and obesity. (2013-05-29)

Position statement opposing sex/porn addiction model
Following AASECT's position statement on sex addiction, CPS, NCSF, and TASHRA publish their collective position opposing the sex/porn addiction model. This is based on current and reliable scientific data. (2017-11-07)

A new addiction: Internet junkies
While compulsive gambling is only beginning to be addressed by mental health professionals, they must now face a new affliction, Internet addiction, according to Université de Montréal psychology professor Louise Nadeau. (2008-09-08)

Could targeting oxtyocin help treat opioid addiction?
A new review of published research indicates that the oxytocin system -- a key player in social reward and stress regulation -- is profoundly affected by opioid use. Therefore, it may be an important target for developing medications to treat opioid addiction and to prevent relapse. (2017-04-05)

Western University scientists discover a novel opiate addiction switch in the brain
Neuroscientists at Western University have made a remarkable new discovery revealing the underlying molecular process by which opiate addiction develops in the brain. Opiate addiction is largely controlled by the formation of powerful reward memories that link the pleasurable effects of opiate-class drugs to environmental triggers that induce drug craving in individuals addicted to opiates. The research is published in the Sept. 11th issue of The Journal of Neuroscience. (2013-09-10)

Cuts to addiction services in England are 'a false economy' warns expert
Cuts to addiction services in England are a false economy and are instead increasing pressure elsewhere in the NHS, warns an expert in The BMJ today. (2017-05-24)

NIDA to host two-day neuroscience symposium
The National Institute on Drug Abuse is hosting a symposium, (2003-03-26)

New credential for co-occurring disorders will pressure addiction professionals
Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Weekly reports on the new credentials needed by addicition professionals to help co-occurring patients. (2007-04-23)

Boston Medical Center researchers educating chief residents about addiction
Researchers from Boston Medical Center have found that education on addiction is inadequate during medical training, resulting in suboptimal medical care for those at risk. However, the research also found that a Chief Resident Immersion Training program in addiction medicine is an effective (2008-10-24)

New method to measure work addiction
Researchers from Norway and the United Kingdom have developed a new instrument to measure work addiction: The Bergen Work Addiction Scale. The new instrument is based on core elements of addiction that are recognized as diagnostic criteria for several addictions. (2012-04-23)

How the brain puts the brakes on the negative impact of cocaine
Research published by Cell Press in the Jan. 12 issue of the journal Neuron provides fascinating insight into a newly discovered brain mechanism that limits the rewarding impact of cocaine. The study describes protective delayed mechanism that turns off the genes that support the development of addiction-related behaviors. The findings may lead to a better understanding of vulnerability to addiction and as well as new strategies for treatment. (2012-01-11)

Can believing you are a food addict affect your eating behavior?
Researchers from the University of Liverpool have published a paper regarding their work on how beliefs about food addiction can affect eating behavior. (2016-05-05)

Internet use reduces study skills in university students
Research conducted at Swansea University and the University of Milan has shown that students who use digital technology excessively are less motivated to engage with their studies, and are more anxious about tests. This effect was made worse by the increased feelings of loneliness that use of digital technology produced. (2020-01-17)

Using science to combat addiction
In this Policy Forum, Keith Humphreys and colleagues highlight the need for science, and particularly neuroscience, to inform policies that address addiction. (2017-06-22)

BMC study: Treat patients with addiction during, after hospitalization
The results of a new study demonstrate that starting hospitalized patients who have an opioid addiction on buprenorphine treatment in the hospital and seamlessly connecting them with an outpatient office based treatment program can greatly reduce whether they relapse after they are discharged. (2014-06-30)

Pediatric workforce must address opioid crisis
In late August, the American Academy of Pediatrics called on providers who care for youth to offer the same treatments routinely offered to adults -- including medications like buprenorphine (commonly known by its brand name, Suboxone) -- to adolescents. Now a group of pediatricians is calling on the pediatric workforce -- who have in many settings -- avoided addressing substance use among their patients, to do more to address opioid addiction among young people. (2016-10-03)

A combination of personality traits might make you more addicted to social networks
As social networking companies feel the heat to create a more socially responsible and positive experience for their millions of users, new research out of Binghamton University, State University of New York explores how the interaction of personality traits can impact the likelihood of developing an addiction to social networking. (2018-03-12)

Addiction breakthrough may lead to new treatments
Scientists at the University of Cambridge have discovered why some individuals may be predisposed to drug addiction and believe it may lead to better treatments for this brain disorder. (2007-03-01)

Addiction intervention in hospital is a 'reachable moment'
Patients who meet an addiction medicine consult team while they're in the hospital are twice as likely to participate in treatment for substance use disorder after they go home, according to new research. The study measures a key outcome for patients who participated in a first-of-its-kind addiction intervention program started by Oregon Health & Science University in 2015. (2019-08-15)

Starting opioid addiction treatment in the ED is cost-effective
The most cost-effective treatment for people with untreated opioid addiction who visit the emergency department (ED) is buprenorphine, a medication to reduce drug cravings and withdrawal, say Yale researchers. (2017-08-16)

Immune system emerges as potential partner in opioid cravings fight
New research shows there's promise in specific immune system peptides -- amino acid compounds that signal cells how to function. In this case, they may be affecting brain activity and, by extension, drug cravings. (2018-09-05)

The aftermath of Katrina through the eyes of addiction treatment
Ten years post-Hurricane Katrina, experts have reflected on the aftermath through the eyes of addiction treatment professionals to become better prepared for future tragedies. (2017-09-27)

New research indicates that a common heart drug
Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School have found that diltiazem, a drug used in the treatment of high blood pressure, reduces cocaine cravings in a rat model. These findings will appear in the March issue of the leading medical journal Nature Neuroscience. (2008-02-27)

Addiction research: Key findings every month
The scientific journal Addiction has launched a new service for its readers: a Web page that lists the key scientific advances reported in each monthly issue, article by article, in bite-sized chunks. (2010-11-17)

The message that addiction is a disease makes substance users less likely to seek help
Research finds that people with substance-use problems who read a message describing addiction as a disease are less likely to report wanting to engage in effective therapies, compared to those who read a message that addiction behaviors are subject to change. The finding could inform future public and interpersonal communication efforts regarding addiction. (2019-05-28)

Boston Medical Center's CARE Unit receives additional NIH funding
The Clinical Addiction Research and Education (CARE) Unit in the Section of General Internal Medicine at BMC was recently awarded a $1,886,087 renewal grant from the National Institutes of Health to expand its education of physicians-in-training to become sophisticated implementers of substance use screening, assessment and treatment research. (2011-02-14)

The more friends you drink with ... the more you drink
A new study published today by the scientific journal Addiction shows that alcohol consumption of individuals appears to increase with the number of friends in their drinking group. (2015-03-02)

Eating is addictive but sugar and fat are not like drugs, study says
People can become addicted to eating for its own sake but not to consuming specific foods such as those high in sugar or fat, research suggests. An international team of scientists has found no strong evidence for people being addicted to the chemical substances in certain foods. (2014-09-09)

New NIH-funded study to identify risks for vulnerability to drug addiction
A new study aims to better understand what makes some individuals particularly vulnerable to developing drug addiction. A team of researchers from across the country will look at how genes that influence brain function cause risk for addictions. J. David Jentsch, Empire Innovation Professor of psychology at Binghamton University, is part of the team of investigators awarded a new grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse of the National Institutes of Health to conduct the research. (2016-08-23)

Addiction scientists call for end to executions for drug offenders
The death penalty for those convicted of drug trafficking and other drug-related offenses should be abolished as it is both ineffective as a policy measure and a violation of human rights. (2009-07-14)

All about addiction
A special issue of the journal Neuron, published on Feb. 24 by Cell Press, provides new insight into to the most recent advances in addiction research and highlights the complexities associated with the neurobiological and societal impacts of addiction, as well as strategies for the prevention and treatment of substance abuse. (2011-02-23)

Potential new treatment for drug addiction relapse revealed
Research published in Addiction Biology by scientists at the University of Bath reveals a new potential mechanism for combatting drug addiction relapse. (2018-06-12)

New research about Facebook addiction
Researchers from Norway have developed an instrument to measure Facebook addiction, the Bergen Facebook Addiction Scale. The scale is the first of its kind worldwide. As Facebook has become as ubiquitous as television in our everyday lives, it is becoming increasingly difficult for many people to know if they are addicted to social media. The symptoms of Facebook addiction resemble those of drug addiction, alcohol addiction, and chemical substance addiction. (2012-05-07)

Internet addiction -- Causes at the molecular level
Everybody is talking about Internet addiction. Medically, this phenomenon has not yet been as clearly described as nicotine or alcohol dependency. But a study conducted by researchers from the University of Bonn and the Central Institute of Mental Health (ZI) in Mannheim now provides indications that there are molecular-genetic connections in Internet addiction, too. The results is reported in the Journal of Addiction Medicine. The print version appears in the September issue. (2012-08-29)

New study finds that PROMETAT, a controversial methamphetamine treatment program, is ineffective
A recent study has found that PROMETAT, a popular but controversial treatment for methamphetamine addiction, is no more effective than placebo in reducing methamphetamine use, keeping users in treatment, or reducing cravings for methamphetamine. The study was funded by Hythiam, the company that owns the PROMETAT protocol, and is published online today in the scientific journal Addiction. (2011-11-15)

Role of addiction cannot be ignored in obesity epidemic
In a commentary appearing in the Dec. 21, 2009, issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal, Dr. Valerie Taylor, McMaster University, and her co-authors argue that food addiction in some individuals may be a reality and needs to be considered in the management of weight problems. (2009-12-21)

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