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Studies Target Links Between Alcoholism and Depression

Posted on June 20, 2014 in Alcohol Addiction

Studies Target Links Between Alcoholism and DepressionAlcohol addiction is a devastating condition. Abuse of alcohol can wreck a person’s physical health, their career, and their important life relationships. Sadly, substance abuse rarely shows up in isolation. Many times addiction is accompanied by a co-occurring mental health condition. This is called comorbidity. A good deal of the time what shows up with alcohol addiction is depression.

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Avoiding Negative Feelings Feeds Addiction

Posted on November 21, 2013 in Research & News

Avoiding Negative Feelings Feeds Addiction For years addiction experts have discussed reward and euphoria as the driving factors in drug use. Now a study suggests the cycle of drug use and addiction may have more to do with avoiding negative emotions.

The study by Rutgers neuroscience professor Mark West and doctoral student David Barker used lab rats to mirror human drug use patterns. The rats, which were allowed to binge on cocaine for six hours, made high-pitched sounds associated with positive responses when the cocaine was initially made available to them.

After their initial positive outcry, the only sounds the rats emitted for the rest of the drug binge were low-pitched cries associated with negative emotions when the rats’ drug levels ebbed.

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Alcohol Abusers’ Depression Often Related to Drinking

Posted on July 12, 2013 in Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol Abusers' Depression Often Related to Drinking

Bouts of depression often have a cause, whether traumatic or psychological. For those who have a history of heavy alcohol consumption, the substance itself may be the root of the disease, according to a study in the March issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

Experts have long argued that heavy drinking leads to temporary depression. Often referred to as “substance-induced depression,” this condition is not always readily apparent to a treating physician, which can hamper treatment.

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A Tangled Web: Does Alcoholism Cause Depression or Does Depression Cause Alcoholism?

Posted on June 11, 2013 in Alcohol Addiction

A Tangled Web: Does Alcoholism Cause Depression or Does Depression Cause Alcoholism?From feelings of hopelessness to the weariness of insomnia, depression touches every aspect of how you live your life.  It has a negative impact on your close relationships, your career, and your emotional well-being. However, adding alcohol abuse to depression can make your life significantly more difficult.  The first step in reclaiming your health is to gain a better understanding of depression and alcohol abuse, and how addiction treatment will help.

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Is Your Parent Depressed and Abusing Alcohol or Prescription Drugs? Here’s How to Help

Posted on March 24, 2013 in Intervention

Is Your Parent Depressed and Abusing Alcohol or Prescription Drugs? Here’s How to HelpCaring for elderly parents can be frustrating and confusing. But when your parent is living alone or with a spouse, is showing signs of depression and you suspect is also abusing alcohol or prescription drugs, it can be doubly confusing for you.

You may be afraid that any offer of help will be rejected since your parent wants you to believe – and makes frequent pronouncements – that everything is fine.

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5 Factors That May Be Contributing to Your Depression

Posted on March 20, 2013 in Research & News

5 Factors That May Be Contributing to Your DepressionChances are high that either you, or someone close to you, has struggled with depression at some point.  It is one of the most common mental health issues today, which is why antidepressant medications are prescribed with staggering frequency.

Although popping a pill is the easiest, most convenient way to deal with whatever ails you, many people find that medication alone is ineffective when it comes to alleviating their depressive symptoms.  Others find that antidepressants provide temporary relief at best (and often after a period of trial and error to find the best one).  The symptoms often end up returning once the medication is discontinued.

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Klonopin (Clonazepam) Addiction

Posted on February 4, 2013 in Prescription Drug Addiction

Klonopin AddictionTen years ago Klonopin was the sixth most abused substance in the United States, but today it has dropped somewhat in rank because so many people are abusing narcotic painkillers. Nevertheless, Klonopin is widely available and widely abused, especially in certain parts of the country. In Atlanta and Los Angeles, Klonopin and similar benzodiazepines rank second in drug-related causes of death after narcotic painkillers and cocaine; in Chicago, Klonopin is the third most abused drug; and in New York, it is in the top five. Over 20,000 Americans a year receive emergency medical treatment because of Klonopin.

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Prozac Addiction

Posted on January 25, 2013 in Prescription Drug Addiction

Prozac AddictionIt boggles the mind to think about how much Prozac is in the world and how many people are taking it. As one Harvard doctor said, “The numbers are astounding.” In the first year it came out, Prozac generated almost 2,500,000 prescriptions, and just four years later, that number had grown to 33,000,000. Even with competition from similar but newer antidepressants, Prozac ranked fifth among all psychiatric medications in 2011. Almost one in four women between 40 and 60 years old and 14% of all non-Hispanic whites in the United States are taking an antidepressant like Prozac, which adds up to over 205,000,000 prescriptions per year.

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Treating Teens for Depression Can Lower Risk of Future Substance Abuse

Posted on June 15, 2012 in Adolescent Drug Abuse

The changes and pressures of adolescence weigh heavily on some children. Physical and psychological changes are rapidly changing the child into a young adult. Depression can easily take hold at this vulnerable time of maturing. By the teen years, most children will have already had their first encounter with drugs and alcohol.

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Girls Aloud Singer Sarah Harding Entering Drug Rehab

Posted on October 21, 2011 in Alcohol Addiction

There are plenty of rumors abroad about Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding’s recent decision to check herself into a drug rehab facility in the United States. The British group took a break from performing back in 2009 and since that time the separate members have pursued diverse interests. During this time, Ms. Harding earned a reputation for her wild lifestyle. Group members let it be known that a 2012 10th Anniversary reunion was in the works. Not long after the announcement, Sarah Harding headed for drug rehab.

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