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New Evidence Points to A Leading Cause of Addiction

Why is it that some succumb to drug or alcohol addiction and others do not? Well, we’ve known for a while that there’s a genetic link.  But could something else be a significant contributor? According to a study released by the Centers for Disease Control and confirmed by Kaiser Permanente

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The Generational Harm of Opioids

Much has been written here and elsewhere about the toll opioids have taken on those trapped by addiction… More than 760,000 dead.  Millions fighting to regain lives free of drugs. What’s often not discussed is the toll opioids take on the children of those addicted. Two decades into the crisis,

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Could Sound Waves Help Reduce Cocaine Cravings?

Researchers at the University of Virginia (UVA) are studying a novel approach to managing cocaine addiction. They’re experimenting with using ultrasound waves to target a key region of the brain known to control cravings. It’s hoped this novel treatment will allow physicians to reprogram brain cells, leading to a reduction

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Disturbing New Data On Substance Abuse in America

The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) has just published a survey on drug and alcohol use in America[i] – and the numbers are disturbing. According to the survey, two-thirds of U.S. adults say “either they or a family member have been addicted to alcohol or drugs, experienced homelessness due to addiction,

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New Study Looks at Role Gut Microbiome Plays in Cocaine Addiction

Medical researchers are increasingly focused on the importance of the human microbiome in human health. Just what is the microbiome? According to the University of Washington, “the microbiome is the genetic material of all the microbes – bacteria, fungi, protozoa and viruses – that live on and inside the human body (10-100

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New Research on Sexual Orientation and Substance Abuse

Gay and bisexual men and women are much more likely to struggle with substance use disorder than their heterosexual peers, with gay and bisexual women and gay and bisexual people of color struggling disproportionately. Those are the findings of a new U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA)

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New Concerns About Alcohol Consumption While Breast Feeding

Researchers have long known that drinking alcohol during pregnancy can have a wide range of adverse impacts on the fetus. But what about after the baby is born and breastfeeding? That’s an important question, given that 36% of all new moms in the U.S. report consuming alcohol while breastfeeding. Researchers

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