12/18/2012 - 12:56

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory have established a link between choice of drug-related images compared to other categories and drug use over the six months following the test. The research, published online in Drug and Alcohol Dependence on December 6, 2012, may ultimately help identify which individuals might be especially prone to relapse in drug addition.

04/24/2012 - 13:38

A history of binge eating -- consuming large amounts of food in a short period of time -- may make an individual more likely to show other addiction-like behaviors, including substance abuse, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers. In the short term, this finding may shed light on the factors that promote substance abuse, addiction, and relapse. In the long term, may help clinicians treat individuals suffering from this devastating disease.

02/08/2012 - 13:17

Mark Twain said, “Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I’ve done it thousands of times.” Many smokers would agree that it’s difficult to stay away from cigarettes. A new study in Biological Psychiatry this month now suggests that low dopamine levels that occur as a result of withdrawal from smoking actually promote the relapse to smoking.