Oddities

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…

There’s Nothing Sweet About Sugar Addiction

Candy. Cupcakes. Cookies. Soda. If you’ve already run to the pantry or kitchen, you may have a scientifically backed issue with sugar. Although comparing Little Debbie to Pablo Escobar may be a stretch, recent research shows that the pleasure associated with indulging in your favorite sweets may be addictive. As harmless as sugar may seem,…

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…

Quitting Smoking? This Plant Extract Trumps Nicotine Patches

A new study has found that the most successful breakthrough in helping people quit smoking could be a simple plant extract. A recent research project out of New Zealand found that, when it comes to breaking a nicotine addiction, all-natural cytistine was much more effective than expensive transdermal patches. Cytistine is an alkaloid extract produced…

Does Marine Life Hold the Key to Addiction Treatment?

As science and technology continue to advance, the medical field is also increasingly interested in the use of natural elements. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that many of the cures and remedies most beneficial to the human condition are not found in laboratories, but in nature. Looking to the Ocean Following that…

Is this Beverage a Secret Weapon Against Cocaine Addiction?

Coffee has become synonymous with AA and NA meetings throughout the country, but it turns out the daily caffeine fix could help cocaine addicts overcome their chemical dependency. Cup-O-Joe to the Rescue? The latest findings on the benefits of coffee were published in the Journal of Caffeine Research. Scientists based out of New York discovered that…

Codeine Cough Syrups Can Ravage Your Brain

In recent years, codeine cough syrup has become one of the most popular drugs of abuse among teenagers and young adults. The troublesome spike of abuse surrounding these opiate cough syrups came after a handful of rappers and hip-hop artists began openly glorifying their own personal use of the cough preparations. Codeine is an opiate drug…

Heroin Addicts Struggling to Afford Methadone Programs

Heroin use is on the rise in Kentucky, much like it is all over the nation. However, in the Bluegrass state, the only methadone provider in the Northern part of the state is now facing a crisis. That crisis comes in the form of a steady stream of heroin addicts who can no longer afford the $450…