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Could Sound Waves Help Reduce Cocaine Cravings?

Revolutionizing Cocaine Addiction Treatment: The Promise of Ultrasound Therapy Exploring UVA’s Groundbreaking Research in Managing 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

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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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Families are powerful when they become Aware

It’s said you can’t find recovery if you’re doing it for someone other than yourself. Sustained recovery is not possible if it doesn’t become a priority for the individual struggling with substance use disorder. However, one can begin the recovery process while ambivalent and “doing it for someone else.” Time

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PRIDE and Joy

The LGBTQIA+ community is vibrant, diverse, and resilient. In a world that is often demeaning, exclusionary, and outright hateful, it is an act of bravery to insist on being who you are out loud. Currently, over 400 anti-LGBTQIA+ bills are being considered across the country. It’s a stressful time, and

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