Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky – Vasily Perov (1872).
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Dostoevsky’s sudden recovery from his gambling mania is an example of how a chance happening can change everything
Alcohol and other drugs can overpower the reward pathways of the brain.
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Improved understanding of the molecular mechanisms of addiction can change how researchers and clinicians approach treatments.
Research shows a strong link between screen time and mental health concerns, including anxiety and depression.
During the pandemic, many people relied on social media for distraction and social connection. However, excessive social media use can negatively affect mental health, especially for young people.
Like Dry January for alcohol users, the idea of taking a month off weed is also worth considering for those who use cannabis.
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A Weed-Free January could do more good than cannabis users may realize. Regular cannabis users could expect to experience a number of positive physical and lifestyle changes from a 31-day pause.
A new program at the Hamilton Public Library is making on-site social workers available to the public.
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The public’s intensifying needs necessitate an expansion of the library’s role in our communities.
Buvidal, or long-acting injectable buprenorphine, was approved for use in the UK in 2019.
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Long-acting injectable buprenorphine is also known by the brand names Buvidal or Sublocade.
Around 6% of college students have a gambling problem.
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The rise of sports betting has made gambling addiction a bigger issue on college campuses, but there are steps universities can take to address it.
Pete Doherty performing in 2017.
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Doherty’s life features many of the characteristics experts know increases vulnerability for drug use.
Matthew Perry’s memoir focused on his struggles with addiction.
Famous faces sharing their struggles can inspire fans to seek help.
Overdose deaths did go up in Oregon after drug decriminalisation, but they were already increasing, as they were in nearby states.
Characters in books can teach lessons about addiction.
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This course beckons students to examine how alcoholic beverages are portrayed in books by American authors.
Calixcoca, a vaccine created in Brazil that is in the final stages of study, helps to reduce the compulsion to use drugs and could be an important tool in the package of treatments against addiction - which also includes psychiatric, psychological and social assistance support and help from the family.
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Calixcoca, which is in the final stages of study, could be a tool in the addiction treatment package.
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Adele is really saying alcohol is have too much of a negative impact on her life, and like many others has decided to do something positive about it by taking a break.
Approaching the opioid crisis from a public health perspective includes massively increasing access to care and treatment for patients experiencing substance use disorder.
There were more than 100,000 opioid-related deaths in North America in 2022. How the crisis grew to such proportions, and three potential paths to ending it.
Our health consumes a growing share of our economy and our attention, but we are not in great shape. Even as a ruinous pandemic subsides, epidemics of chronic disease, obesity, addiction and mental illness…
People march to remember those who died during the drug poisoning crisis on International Overdose Awareness Day, in Vancouver, on Aug. 31, 2021.
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A police policy of not making arrests for simple possession is a way to essentially decriminalize personal drug use. However, confiscating drugs — even without arrests — can be harmful in many ways.
Nebuchadnezzar – William Blake (c.1805). Tate Britain.
Humans have attempted to understand and treat mental illness for centuries – from ancient Greek medicine, Middle Ages exorcisms and the rise of asylums, to modern medical breakthroughs.
A nurse dispenses liquid Methadose, an FDA-approved medication that helps people addicted to opioids.
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Prescription medications can help people with opioid use disorder avoid the risks of relapse and overdose. But stigma based on misperceptions about addiction limits their use.
Drug checking is a harm reduction practice that provides chemical analysis of substances. Fentanyl test strips help drug users ensure that substances are free of dangerous fentanyl.
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Most consumables in Canada have quality controls that inform purchasing and consumption decisions. People who use illicit drugs deserve the same. Drug checking provides that harm-reduction service.
Resistance to policies like safe supply still create barriers for vulnerable people, despite evidence that harm reduction saves lives.
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Harm reduction is grounded in evidence. But policies, stigma and ignorance about substance use still create barriers in battling Canada’s drug poisoning crisis.