Heavy marijuana use may cause changes in users’ dopamine systems similar to the changes caused by heroin and cocaine, a new study suggests.1 A New Approach Carried out by researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC), the study looked at 11 adults between the ages of 21 and 40. Dubbed “severely dependent” by the researchers,…

In this modern day, all of our activities revolve around technology. Social media is the new norm of communication, and most people would not be able to work or complete vital daily tasks without their smartphones or laptops. Many people accept that most individuals have some type of social media account: whether it is Facebook,…

The experience of having an addicted loved one presents challenges for a number of reasons, such as continuous denial of an addiction that he or she cannot hide, pushing family and friends away, and exhibiting behaviors that have ever greater implications for those around him or her. For the loved ones of an addict, the…

Hazing behavior can be life-threatening. It is important to know the facts about high school hazing and help become part of the movement to prevent this dangerous activity. When we think of the activity of hazing, most people think about college fraternities who undertake dangerous or risky behavior to “test” and initiate new members. The…

College life in America is nearly synonymous with things like weekend parties and alcohol. For most students, it can be difficult to abstain from alcohol when your friends are taking part. It’s even harder though, for those who have grown dependent on alcohol. Approximately 10.8 million individuals between 12 and 20 years old reported drinking…

The personal and family tragedies related to addiction are heartrending and, quite often, desperate. The struggles to break addiction and restore lives are uniquely challenging. And the scientific breakthroughs now taking place to help understand, prevent, and successfully treat addiction are nothing short of astonishing. This is how the National Institutes of Health report the…