Can a Drug Curb Marijuana Addiction?

Addiction scientists have long searched for a safe chemical means to turn off the brain’s desire to use illicit drugs. Recent research reported by Smithsonian magazine indicates that kynurenic acid treatment blocks the desire to use marijuana in rats and monkeys, and although FDA approval is likely years away, this chemical has the potential to…

Brainwave Imbalance Contributes to Alcoholism

People who suffer from alcoholism do so for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, there is a genetic predisposition to alcoholism. Other times, a person addicted to alcohol self-medicates depression with the false confidence alcohol provides. Often, people who struggle with alcoholism have a difficult time relaxing and turning off anxious thoughts or worries. Recent research…

Flesh-Eating Drug “Krokodil” Damaging Lives

Imagine a drug so toxic that following injection, gangrene and scaly, green flesh grows on users, often resulting in amputation and death. Krokodil —the Russian word for “crocodile” — is causing enormous damage overseas as well as the U.S. and produces a heroin-like high. It is a newer drug that combines the narcotic painkiller codeine…

Can Nasal Spray Prevent Death From Overdose?

Opioid abuse represents the single most damaging trend in addiction today. Those who abuse both legal prescription medicines such as Vicodin and oxycodone, as well as illicit opiates such as heroin, suffer from high rates of overdose and death. Saving the lives of these victims is a top priority, and the newest research indicates that…

Quitting Drinking Cold Turkey: 7 Myths to Know

There’s an estimated 14 million Americans suffering from alcoholism. Some studies report numbers as high as 18 million. If you’re suffering from the effects of abusing alcohol, you’re not alone. Alcohol is one of the easiest drugs to fall victim to and one of the most difficult drugs to quit given its social acceptance and…