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Topic: Research, Studies and Reports

Posts regarding research, studies, reports and thought leadership concerning addiction and recovery.

Vitamin D deficiency may increase risk for opioid addiction

July 5th, 2021|

People with low levels of vitamin D might be at an increased risk for opioid dependence or addiction — and the deficit could be fixed with cheap and accessible supplements, a new Massachusetts General Hospital study indicates. “Our results suggests that we may have an opportunity in the public health arena to influence the opioid epidemic,” said Dr. David Fisher, director of the MGH Cancer Center’s melanoma program and an author of the study published Friday. Fisher and his colleagues found that vitamin D deficiency strongly increases the craving for opioids, potentially putting people at a higher risk for addiction.

The Deadliest Year In the History of U.S. Drug Use

February 3rd, 2021|

SUBSCRIBE DONATE NOW Search Posts and/or Pages DONATE NOW Date:      |     Contributor:   Source:  ( )     |     Category: Summary and Analysis... Increases in abuse of fentanyl, meth and cocaine are adding to the existing drug addiction crisis. It also appears that part of the pandemic's collateral damage includes an increase in overdose deaths. As covered in the article: The largest overdose spike happened from

Research Identifies Pain Manage­ment Strategy That Reduces Opioid Exposure

January 29th, 2021|

SUBSCRIBE DONATE NOW Search Posts and/or Pages DONATE NOW Date:      |     Contributor:   Source:  ( )     |     Category: Summary and Analysis... Another study indicating that non-opioid solutions for pain management can be effective, i.e. opioids do not need to be the first line approach to pain management. Information such as this, had it been widely available and implemented, could have helped avoid the problems

Toward a Philosophy of Choice: A New Era of Addiction Treatment

October 12th, 2020|

SUBSCRIBE DONATE NOW Search Posts and/or Pages DONATE NOW Date:      |     Contributor:   Source:  ( )     |     Category: Summary and Analysis... A fascinating article by William White describing the way choice relates to addiction treatment. The article touches on factors which have tended to marginalize choice including an emphasis on the neurobiological: "Based on the work of Volkov and other scientists, one could posit addiction

Benzo­diazepine scripts reach ‘disturbing’ levels in the US

May 29th, 2020|

SUBSCRIBE DONATE NOW Search Posts and/or Pages DONATE NOW Benzodiazepine prescriptions reach ‘disturbing’ levels in the US Date:      |     Contributor:   Source:  New Scientist (1/17/2020)     |     Category: Summary and Analysis... This article reports on a disconcerting trend -- a high level of benzodiazepine prescription in the US and abroad. In too many cases, the benzodiazepine's were co-prescribed with opioids even though the combination of the two can be

Brain Change in Addiction as Learning, Not Disease

October 3rd, 2019|

SUBSCRIBE DONATE NOW Search Posts and/or Pages DONATE NOW Brain Change in Addiction as Learning, Not Disease Date:      |     Contributor:   Source:  The New England Journal of Medicine (October 2018)     |     Category: Summary and Analysis... An article by one of the leaders in addiction theory and practice, Marc Lewis, summarizing and comparing the learning model of addiction to the brain disease model of addiction. Lewis has been at

How America’s opioid epidemic could get even worse

September 23rd, 2019|

SUBSCRIBE DONATE NOW Search Posts and/or Pages DONATE NOW How America’s opioid epidemic could get even worse Date:      |     Contributor:   Source:  Vox (8/29/19)   |   Category: Summary and Analysis... This article is based on a large Rand Corporation report, The Future of Fentanyl and Other Synthetic Opioids, which concludes the following: "... (1) fentanyl and other synthetic opioids are becoming dominant in some parts of the United States and Canada,

Belief, Behavior, and Belonging

September 11th, 2019|

SUBSCRIBE DONATE NOW Search Posts and/or Pages DONATE NOW Belief, Behavior, and Belonging: How Faith is Indispensable in Preventing and Recovering from Substance Abuse Date:      |     Contributor:   Source:  Journal of Religion and Health (7/29/19)     |     Category: Summary and Analysis... This potentially game-changing study quantifies the economic value that faith-based programs bring to drug prevention and treatment. We plan to do a more complete analysis of the report's

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