Treatment and Addiction Blog
A quick search on the internet regarding the state of the Philippine drug war reveals a shocking reality. Bystanders describe the bloodied bodies of victims lying callously in the street after encounters with police force; families recall husbands and fathers being taken from their homes by masked vigilantes. If the tales of the widows and children left behind aren’t enough to paint a horrifying picture, the devastating photos that emerge certainly do. In a country currently experiencing our own struggles with drug use and trafficking, such a reality can be hard to process, to say the least. It’s difficult to…
2017-11-25 21:45:41
Addiction is a life-shattering illness. It rips families apart and destroys lives. It is historically defined as a physical and/or psychological dependency on a mood-altering chemical (e.g. alcohol, heroin, prescription drugs, etc.) or behavior (sex addiction, gambling addiction, internet addiction), although it can also be viewed as a continued involvement with a substance or activity despite the negative consequences associated with it. It often starts with experimentation and social use coupled with the thought that one can quit whenever he/she wants. It has many end results: living on the streets, alienating one's family and friends, and in some cases death.…
2017-11-07 22:43:33
Long-term abstinence may resolve many of the neurocognitive deficits associated with alcoholism Alcoholism can cause neuropsychological deficits. A new study looks at alcoholics who have been sober for six months to 13 years. Results indicate that long-term abstinent alcoholics can recover many of their neurocognitive deficits, except for spatial-processing abilities. Alcoholism can cause neuropsychological deficits, that much is clear. There is much less clarity, however, concerning to what degree recovery may occur with abstinence from alcohol. New findings indicate that long-term abstinence from alcohol can resolve many – but not all – neurocognitive deficits. Results are published in the September…
2017-11-07 22:42:55
Gene-on-gene interactions may influence risk for developing alcoholism One variant of the alcohol dehydrogenase gene can influence alcohol response among some Caucasians Not only do both genes and environment have an impact on the development of alcohol-use disorders, but now researchers have found that certain genes may influence scientists' ability to interpret other genes' effects. One variant of the alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) gene – the ADH1B genotype – appears to be able to influence level of response (LR) to alcohol among non-Asians. Results are published in the September issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research. There are at least two…
2017-11-07 22:42:24