New study identifies cortisol level as indicator of addiction recovery success — ScienceDaily

A new study by researchers at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine found that lower initial cortisol levels may serve as a predictor for retention in treatment programs for substance use disorder. The prospective observational study examined the salivary cortisol, stress exposure, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and retention treatment of males enrolled … Read more

Marshfield Clinic studying substance use disorder, recovery in Northwoods

MARSHFIELD, Wis. (WSAW) – Drug and alcohol addiction can impact anyone across the country, but the problem can look different in rural communities. The Marshfield Clinic’s National Farm Medicine Center is studying the different factors that lead to substance abuse in rural areas. The in-depth study is to better understand the landscape of substance abuse … Read more

One man’s journey from alcohol addiction to recovery

Peter Delbert lives in Camelot, but it’s not a fairytale. It’s a 45-bed in-patient substance use disorder rehabilitation center on Staten Island. He’s addicted to alcohol and has been in recovery twice — this time for 10 months. His drink of choice is vodka. “It became my new best friend. It became my family. It … Read more

Single administration of alcohol can permanently alter the morphology of neurons

A research team from the University of Cologne and the Universities of Mannheim and Heidelberg has found that even the single administration of alcohol permanently alters the morphology of neurons. In particular, the structure of the synapses as well as the dynamics of mitochondria – the powerhouses of the cell – are influenced by alcohol. … Read more

Lawyers for Mentally Ill Oklahoma Death-Row Prisoner Seek Clemency, Competency Trial

Lawyers for Oklahoma death-row prisoner Benjamin Col have filed a petition with the Oklahoma Board of Pardons and Parole asking the Board to recommend to Governor Kevin Stitt that Cole’s sentence be commuted to life without parole. The petition, submitted to the board on September 16, 2022, states that “Benjamin Cole today is a frail, … Read more

How many drinks is too many? New study shows even low doses of alcohol prime brain for addiction — ScienceDaily

A new rodent study shows that even small quantities of alcohol can trigger epigenomic and transciptomic changes in brain circuitry in an area that is crucial in the development of addiction. What’s more, the University of Illinois Chicago researchers who conducted the study say that the pathways involved in priming the brain for addiction are … Read more

Mason provides many options for students experiencing risky alcohol and substance behaviors

College is a time of self-discovery, filled with opportunities and potential, and peppered with friendships, independence, and the experiences the world has to offer. But for a significant number of students, the weight of expectations from parents, teachers, peers, society, and even themselves, can continually increase. In addition, students must adapt to a new lifestyle, … Read more

California man in plot to blow up Democratic target blames alcohol

When two Bay Area Democratic supporters of former President Donald Trump were indicted last year on charges of plotting to blow up the headquarters building in Sacramento, federal officials described the plans as “despicable conduct” with no place in American society. “Firebombing your perceived political opponents is illegal and does not nurture the sort of … Read more