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One potential way to make opioids less addictive is to make them target injured tissue rather than the healthy brain. PM Images/Photodisk via Getty Images

Designing less addictive opioids, through chemistry

While the COVID-19 pandemic raged on, the opioid epidemic got worse as drug overdose deaths soared. New research proposes a way to chemically modify opioids to reduce the risk of addiction.
Feeling ‘addicted to sex’ has more to do with one’s values than frequency of behavior. Terraxplorer/E+ via Getty Images

‘Sex addiction’ isn’t a justification for killing, or really an addiction – it reflects a person’s own moral misgivings about sex

‘Sex addiction’ isn’t a diagnosable disorder, but the turmoil religious men feel over the disconnect between their sexual values and behavior can lead to real psychological distress.
Mental health stigma does not only exist at the level of individuals, but also at a structural level that affects care within our health system. (Shutterstock)

Structural stigma against mental illness is ‘baked in’ to our health system, and that affects care

Structural stigma is in the rules, policies and procedures of organizations and society. It’s reflected in systems that treat people with mental illness as less treatable or less deserving of care.
This holiday season, be kind to yourself and others as you deal with excessive behaviours, like binge-watching or gaming. (Unsplash)

5 strategies to reduce addiction-like behaviours over the holidays

With the pressures of the holidays, rising COVID-19 rates and social isolation, people can easily fall into addictive-like behaviours. Here are some ways to challenge ourselves and family.

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