Behavioral Addictions

Virtual Reality: Treating PTSD and Addiction

It’s no secret that many military veterans develop post-traumatic stress disorder from their time in combat. A 2004 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that nearly one in six military members who served in Iraq suffer from some level of PTSD. But when it comes to the often-harsh reality of treating PTSD to…

Drug to Curb Marijuana Use Comes With Serious Side Effects

Although some people don’t believe that marijuana addiction is real, medical experts will tell you that it most certainly is. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, nearly 4.2 million Americans who abused illegal substances also used marijuana in 2013. They also report that nine percent of those who use pot will eventually become…

Is Your Brain Addicted To Pain?

63 million: That’s how many people in the U.S suffer from chronic pain. Based on reports from the National Academy of Sciences, this group makes up one fifth of our nation’s population. Chronic pain is also the number one cause of disability in the United States. It costs our healthcare system more than $600 billion…

Intensive Psychotherapy: Can This Treatment Help During Rehab?

Gone are the days of a demure therapist sitting in a chair while calmly asking a client how they’re feeling. A controversial new method of psychotherapy actually encourages patients to fly into a violent rage, but could break through the subconscious shame and childhood traumas often linked to drug addiction. Using Tension as a Tool? Created…

An Anti-Smoking Drug that Increases Risk of Depression, Suicide?

More and more Americans are trying to give up smoking cigarettes. In fact, findings from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that since 2002, the number of former U.S. smokers has exceeded the number of current smokers. Nearly 43 percent of current smokers have also made an attempt to quit in the last year. In…

MDMA: The Anti-Anxiety Miracle Pill?

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration shockingly okayed a controversial research study that, until now, has been kept hush-hush. The surprising clinical trial set out to examine the use of MDMA, a potent psychedelic, for the treatment of anxiety in seriously ill patients. So, does this move potentially open the door for similar psychedelic research? Proving…

‘Healthy’ Gambling Machines to Treat Gambling Addiction?

While it sounds counter-intuitive to say that gambling machines can prevent gambling addiction, that’s exactly what new research from Italy seems to indicate. Using data from digital gamblers, researchers collected information they hope will ultimately help to identify “healthy” machines and maybe even assist in the recovery of problem gambling. Gambling to Treat Gambling? The…

Can This ADHD Drug Treat Binge Eating Disorder?

Binge eating disorder (BED), or the uncontrollable urge to eat excessive amounts of food, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), may both soon be controlled by the drug lisdexamfetamine dimesylate, according to a recent study published in JAMA Psychiatry. Treating Binge Eating Disorder The drug, commonly known as Vyvnase, is currently used to treat ADHD…

Oxycodone Use Might Permanently Alter Behavior

New research has found that even briefly using the opiate painkiller oxycodone (brand name OxyContin) could lead to permanent damage in behavior flexibility. Concerning Changes The findings were published last November in the journal Learning and Memory. Scientists at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai exposed rats to mild doses of oxycodone for five…

5 Tips for Overcoming Depression and Alcoholism

Dealing with depression is difficult enough, but overcoming alcoholism on top of that can feel impossible for many people. In fact, this dual-diagnosis often drives people to relapse. Depression is often a gateway into drug and alcohol use as a coping mechanism, so newly sober people often have to deal with these difficult thoughts and…