The chronic nature of opioid relapse, and a reluctance of many addicts to seek help, means a new, comprehensive approach to treatment is needed. Researchers often say an opiate addict’s best chance at long-term recovery includes medication-assisted therapies, such as methadone or buprenorphine as well as psychological treatment.
One of the most intriguing — and significant — questions surrounding the issue of addiction has to do with susceptibility. What is it, exactly, that makes one person more likely to become addicted to alcohol or drugs than another person? It’s a loaded question that we know has many different answers. Some of the most […]
Although some die-hard believers in the medicinal benefits of marijuana will argue this truth to no end, plenty of evidence already exists showing cannabis can be addictive 1. Now researchers have identified specific alleles on the human genome that are associated with cannabis dependence risk, and have shown “evidence of genetic overlap between cannabis dependence […]
Each person who becomes addicted develops the disease for different reasons, which can vary based on his or her unique circumstances. As to what those reasons may be, we’ve learned that addiction develops through some combination of biological, behavioral, social and environmental factors.1 Knowing about these situational factors has helped us develop more targeted treatments […]
J. was 16 when he started abusing painkillers. A decade later, he and most of his close friends have been in and out of rehab. J. grew up in Madison, Conn., a small coastal town that in 2013 boasted a median household income of $105,000.1 Known for its miles of beaches and quaint downtown, the […]