3 Surprising (and Dangerous) Truths About Opiate Addiction

It’s been almost a month since the Centers for Disease Control hosted the National Rx Drug Abuse Summit in Atlanta, GA. There, some surprising truths about opiate addiction were unveiled. For instance, deaths due to prescription opiate overdoses have quintupled since 1980. In the previous decade, there were 125,000 deaths due to painkiller overdose. And, according to the CDC, for every overdose death, there are 115 people addicted to prescription painkillers,...


Study Shows That Knowing Why You Drink Can Help You Pick the Best Strategy to Stop

Do you drink to have fun or do you drink to cope? In other words, do you drink because you want something positive or because you’re trying to avoid something negative? A recent article in the journal Addictive Behaviors shows that successful quitting strategies are very different for drinkers motivated by “approach” than for drinkers motivated by “avoidance”.  The article also asserts that knowing the reason you drink can help you quit.

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Study Shows Drinking is Even More Contagious Than You Thought

It’s no secret that drinking is contagious: if your friends are binging or abstaining, there’s a good chance you’ll follow suit. But a fascinating study on early view at the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research shows just how far this influence goes – and also shows that the social effect on alcohol consumption happens largely outside of our awareness.


Mindfulness Offers Young Adults the Same Protection Against Substance Abuse as Positive Parenting

Nobel-Prize-winning economist Daniel Kahneman considers your decisions a balance of two brain systems – system one is fast and intuitive; system two is slow and logical. In addiction, think of this like “want” and “should”. System one wants a substance and system two knows you shouldn’t. A study on early view at the Journal of Counseling Psychology shows how young adults can override system one so that you or your loved one can stay sober. Specifically, there are two ways: a strong connection with a parent and/or a young adult’s mindfulness. Mindfulness, at its essence, connects or synthesizes the two systems described above so that the person practicing the mindfulness makes more wise decisions.


JAMA: Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention Beats CBT and 12-Step

Have you ever tried counting to ten? Not in a superficial way in which numbers spool through your mind like a stock market ticker, but really counting to ten – slowly and without letting other thoughts creep in?  Try it. It’s surprisingly hard. If you made it to double-digits without thinking about everything else you have to do today or whether there might be another splash of coffee still in the pot in the kitchen,...

Welcome to Addiction Under 30

Addiction is a hard thing to overcome, and people from all walks and ages in life struggle with it. But in some ways, it's especially tragic when a young adult or teenager is dealing with addiction. A teenager's brain is still under development, and...