Preventing addiction with insight from scruffy dogs and ancient meditation

When Ivan Pavlov was measuring dog slobber at the turn of the 20th century, he could not have imagined all the ways his classical conditioning research would shape the future of scientific discovery. Today, there is substantial research suggesting that conditioned behaviors—such as smoking after a meal—sustain unhealthy habits. It follows that by preventing the development of certain conditioned behaviors, […]

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Saint John’s Avenue B Harm Reduction Clinic receives $200K in federal funding

On Tuesday morning, Saint John’s member of parliament announced $200,000 in funding for the Avenue B Harm Reduction Centre as part of an $8.5-million investment in 28 harm reduction programs around the country. But for executive director Julie Dingwell, the funds represent the freedom to continue innovating in a field she has devoted the last 20 years to. “I think […]

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I wouldn’t wish an exercise addiction on anyone

“I wish I had an exercise addiction", is a quip physiotherapist and nutritionist Dr Vanessa Alford has heard many times. As an elite marathon runner, sponsored by Nike, New Balance, and sports drink HTW-O, Alford was a fitspiration pin-up-girl for our go-hard-or-go-home exercise culture. Former exercise addict, Vanessa Alford, had to scale her exercise sessions back from 14 a week […]

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Drinking and drug-use dreams in recovery tied to more severe addiction history: Frequency of these relapse dreams decreases as the body and brain adapt to abstinence

Vivid dreams involving drinking and drug use are common among individuals in recovery. A study from the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Recovery Research Institute, published in the January issue of the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment after online release in October 2018, finds these relapse dreams are more common in those with more severe clinical histories of alcohol and other […]

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Genetic study of impulsiveness reveals associations with psychiatric disorders

Impulsiveness and substance use share a genetic basis, according to genome-wide association studies published in JNeurosci by academic and industry researchers. With more than 20,000 participants, the research represents the largest genetic analysis of impulsive personality traits to date. Dr. Abraham Palmer and colleagues compared genetic data with self-reported impulsive personality traits and history of drug experimentation from a large […]

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Opioid addiction is a public health crisis—the way we’re talking about it isn’t helping.

The misuse of and addiction to opioids is a public health crisis in the United States. Part of solving that crisis, say two Northeastern researchers, is changing how we talk about addiction. Leo Beletsky, an associate professor at Northeastern who studies opioid addiction, and Zachary Siegel, a doctoral candidate who’s working with him, are creating “Change the Narrative,” a guide […]

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Maryland regulators: Is medical marijuana effective for treating opioid addiction? Answer: It’s complicated

As opioid overdose deaths continued to mount in Maryland last year, state lawmakers asked medical marijuana regulators to determine whether cannabis could be effective at treating addiction to heroin, fentanyl and oxycodone. The answer—not really—was submitted to the General Assembly this week by the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission. “A comprehensive review of existing medical literature shows that there is no […]

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You need to watch!There is a new Party drug-and every supermarket sells them

Dance and Party on the current Band – for many, it is associated with alcohol and illegal drugs. It will also give a different stimulant for wild dance experiences – in Berlin, at the very least, swears by cocoa. In October 2015, there are once-a-month Party, such as the news magazine "Ozy" reported. "Sunday Gathering" the operator of Lucid Party […]

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Calgary City Council works towards strategy for mental health and addiction

Calgary City Council held a strategic session on Wednesday to discuss the next steps towards creating a mental health and addictions strategy. Earlier this year, council approved spending $25 million over five years to find ways of dealing with the growing problem of mental health, addiction and social disorder. There has been some criticism that the city is stepping into […]

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