Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs

Experimental drug may ease opioid withdrawal symptoms

A drug that scientists originally developed to treat depression may have promise for the treatment of opioid withdrawal, researchers say. A new experimental drug may help reduce opioid withdrawal symptoms. Opioid withdrawal is a challenging experience, and although there are medications already on the market that can help curb the symptoms of withdrawal, these drugs […]

Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs

Alcohol use disorder: Brain damage may progress despite sobriety

A new study goes against the grain of previous research by suggesting that alcohol-induced brain damage does not stop when alcohol use ends. Instead, the harmful effects of alcohol may continue during abstinence. The findings have important implications for the process of recovery from alcohol dependence. The effects of excessive alcohol use may last much […]

Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs

The ‘burden of disease’ in those who recover from addiction

Recent research shows that more than one-third of people who are recovering from addiction continue to experience chronic physical disease. People are familiar with the effects of addiction, but what about the aftermath? Excessive use of alcohol and drugs can lead to mental and physical health issues, some of which include anxiety, depression, diabetes, liver […]

Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs

Munchies: Does cannabis really increase desire for junk food?

A recent study shows that one of the stereotypical behaviors that people associate with consuming marijuana may have a firm basis in truth — legalizing cannabis produces a spike in junk food sales. A recent study finds strong evidence for the ‘munchies’ phenomenon. In the United States, marijuana laws have changed immeasurably over recent years. […]