Brain circuitry can create desire for stuff that hurts

The new findings in rats could explain why it isn't always necessary to enjoy the target of an addiction, like cocaine.

Jared Wadley-Michigan • futurity
June 3, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: addiction sugar pain brains health-and-medicine cocaine

Young people with gaming disorder are more anxious

While playing video games isn't a problem for most, those who develop symptoms of gaming disorder are more anxious, aggressive, depressed, and shy.

Angie Hunt-Iowa State • futurity
May 14, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: addiction teens gaming health-and-medicine

Survey: ‘Cool’ factor, not flavor, drives teens to vape

The social aspects of vaping drive teens and young adults to use Juul and other e-cigarettes, even though they know and understand the risks of doing so.

Kara Gavin-U. Michigan • futurity
May 6, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: addiction teenagers electronic-cigarettes nicotine health-and-medicine

Targeting euphoria may curb cocaine addiction

A new study sheds light on how cocaine affects the brain and may offer potential treatments for fighting cocaine addiction.

Anne Warde-UC Irvine • futurity
April 24, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: drugs addiction brains dopamine health-and-medicine cocaine

Extra money helps folks with opioid addiction stay sober longer

Poverty may boost the risk of relapse for people recovering from opioid addiction. A little money can help them stay sober—and get and keep a job, too.

Vanessa McMains-Johns Hopkins • futurity
April 20, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: addiction opioids money motivation health-and-medicine relapse

People with chronic pain need support during COVID-19

During COVID-19, some people with chronic pain and/or addiction won't have access to support programs. An expert offers tips on coping through the crisis.

Maud Alobawone-Rutgers • futurity
April 17, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: addiction covid-19 opioids health-and-medicine medications chronic-pain

Social ties make AA the most effective way to stop drinking

Alcoholics Anonymous is almost always more effective than therapy, a new review shows. AA participation lowered health care costs, too.

Stanford • futurity
March 13, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: addiction alcohol health-care-costs featured social-lives health-and-medicine

Teens who use Juul might not consider it vaping

When researchers added the term "Juul" to questions about e-cigarette use, high school students who said they had vaped rose dramatically.

Maud Alobawone-Rutgers • futurity
March 6, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: addiction teenagers electronic-cigarettes surveys nicotine health-and-medicine

Addiction and the ‘rush’ may keep men cooking meth

Addiction can drive people to start cooking meth, but former meth cooks report other motivations for continuing.

Angie Hunt-Iowa State • futurity
Feb. 20, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: drugs addiction society-and-culture health-and-medicine methamphetamines

Family history with alcohol may alter how your brain works

If you have a parent with alcohol use disorder, it may affect how your brain transitions from demanding tasks to rest.

Kayla Wiles-Purdue • futurity
Feb. 10, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: addiction alcohol brains families health-and-medicine

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