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Are Cocaine Addiction and Nicotine Addiction Related?

Posted on April 16, 2015 in Cocaine

Are Cocaine Addiction and Nicotine Addiction Related?Cocaine is an illegal/illicit drug of abuse that belongs to a larger class of substances known as stimulants. Nicotine is a legal recreational substance that produces both stimulating and depressing effects inside the brain and body. Repeated consumption of either cocaine or nicotine can trigger the characteristic changes in brain function that mark the onset of addiction. In a study published in 2014 in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, a team of researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University looked at the common origins of cocaine addiction and nicotine addiction. These researchers concluded that both forms of addiction rely partly on access to the same pathway to the brain.

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How Often Do Mentally Ill People Successfully Quit Smoking?

Posted on May 21, 2014 in Nicotine Addiction

How Often Do Mentally Ill People Successfully Quit Smoking?Public health officials and mental health experts are quite aware that people affected by various mental illnesses smoke cigarettes at a considerably higher rate than the rest of the general population. In a study published in January 2014 in the American Medical Association journal JAMA, a team of American and Chinese researchers sought to determine if people affected by mental illness successfully quit smoking as often as people not affected by serious mental health issues. 

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Understand Nicotine to Quit Smoking

Posted on April 8, 2014 in Nicotine Addiction

Nicotine is an addictive substance—a drug, in other words. If you are a smoker trying to quit, you know how challenging that task is. Many people try for years, without success, to fully give up the habit. The difficulty lies in the nature of nicotine and the act of smoking. Nicotine affects your brain, making you physically dependent on it, while the habit itself becomes a psychological dependence. When you understand nicotine and smoking, you have a better chance of quitting for good.

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Marijuana a Gateway Drug to Nicotine, Rodent Study Finds

Posted on July 1, 2013 in Marijuana Addiction, Nicotine Addiction

Marijuana a Gateway Drug to Nicotine, Rodent Study FindsIt has been said that because of its addictive properties, nicotine is a gateway drug for other types of substance abuse. But little has been conveyed about how ingesting marijuana may lead to an increased susceptibility to nicotine addiction.

A new study from the National Institute on Drug Abuse shows that THC, the main ingredient in marijuana, may impact how a person reacts to nicotine found in tobacco.

According to an article posted by Medical News Today, people who smoke marijuana may have a higher chance of becoming dependent on nicotine, elevating their risk of certain types cancers and heart disease, which have been tied to the chronic use of tobacco.

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Using Drugs to Treat Tobacco and Alcohol Addiction

Posted on November 29, 2011 in Addiction Therapies

Addiction to tobacco and, consequently, nicotine is one of the toughest illnesses to treat. It ranks right up there with heroin and Xanax on the addiction scale. Thankfully, however, a serious of tobacco addiction pharmaceutical therapies have been developed, which has helped reduce the number of Americans lighting up. Studies have shown, however, that each of the drugs is most effective when combined with behavioral treatment, especially individual and group therapy.

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Researchers Discover Memory Switch That Plays Role in Memory and Addiction

Posted on November 30, 2010 in Research & News

Researchers have identified a molecular switch that plays an important role in forming memory and addictive behaviors. The formation of these behaviors depend on the creation of new connections between neurons in the brain. Addiction behaviors manifest in long-term alterations in neuron connections and can be viewed as a type of learning.

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Study Finds Smoking More Psychological than Physical Addiction

Posted on July 11, 2010 in Nicotine Addiction

A new study suggests that cravings for cigarettes have more to do with social and psychological cues than actually being deprived of an addictive substance. This finding could lead to better methods of treating nicotine addiction, as more focus needs to be placed on the psychology behind smoking. The study, published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, could also help explain why nicotine patches and gum are often ineffective in helping people quit smoking.

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Researchers Plan to Use Community to Help Reduce Smoking in Nottingham

Posted on June 29, 2010 in Research & News

In an attempt to help encourage people to quit smoking in an area that has one of the highest rates of smoking in the United Kingdom, researchers from the University of Nottingham are focusing on the power of the community.

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“Light” Addictions May Be More Serious Than Previously Thought

Posted on January 15, 2010 in Types of Addiction

n their most recent column, Dr. David Moore and Bill Manville of the New York Daily News write that “light” addictions like caffeine can be more serious than we think. Addiction specialist Lynn Telford Sahl, author of the best selling “Intentional Joy,” told Bill of a patient who used to have a mocha latte once a week as a reward for a hard week completed, but it progressed from a weekly pleasure to a daily must-have, and now she feels depressed if she doesn’t have her caffeine fix she feels depressed. She also feels guilty about weight gain and has trouble sleeping, but doesn’t make the connection between those symptoms and the coffee she’s consuming.

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Thrill-Seeking Teens Susceptible to Sweet-Tasting Cigarettes

Posted on December 15, 2009 in Nicotine Addiction

New research shows that thrill-seeking teenagers are especially susceptible to fruit-flavored cigarettes, coinciding with the recent ban on the sale of flavored cigarettes by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). According to the FDA, the September 2009 ban, authorized by the new Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, is part of a national effort by the FDA to reduce smoking, which is the leading preventable cause of death in America.

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