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

How to Identify and Treat Patients With Substance Use Disorders

When Michael McGrath, MD, medical director of the Ohana Luxury Alcohol Rehab on the Big Island of Hawaii, trains primary care physicians, he tells them that talking with patients about substance use disorders is like having a stressful, weird conversation. But it’s a courageous one because of the stigma associated with drug and alcohol disorders. … Read more

New website connects Floridians struggling with addiction to treatment

TAMPA, Fla. — To Gary Mendell, it was a helpless feeling. His son, Brian, died by suicide in the middle of the night in October 2011. According to Mendell, Brian made the tragic decision after a prolonged fight with a disease he struggled to treat. In his teenage years, he tried drugs and alcohol, which … Read more

Winnipeg organization points to cannabis as a prime culprit in youth addiction – Winnipeg

The Addictions Foundation of Manitoba (AFM) is pointing to cannabis as a prime culprit when it comes to addictions in youth. Cannabis is legal and easy to buy and it is overwhelmingly the drug of choice for youth who are seeking treatment for addiction at its centre. “Sixty-four per cent of our young people are … Read more

Canadians’ Alcohol Intake Changed During the Pandemic

Similar percentages of Canadians increased and decreased their alcohol consumption during the first two waves of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, according to new research. In an examination of data for almost 30,000 participants in the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA), 13% reported increased alcohol consumption, and 13.3% reported decreased consumption. Dr. Jacqueline McMillan … Read more

A New Predictor of Problem Drinking in Early Adulthood

Drinking alone in youth is a strong predictor of problematic alcohol use in later life, new research suggests. In a large longitudinal study that followed a national sample of US high school students for 17 years, solitary drinking in adolescence and young adulthood was associated with binge drinking — and prospectively predicted alcohol use disorder … Read more

Douglas Stuart’s Freudian Melodramas – The Atlantic

For the poor, undereducated, underemployed characters of Douglas Stuart’s novels, late-20th-century Glasgow is a bleak world that is getting bleaker all the time. Each of his two novels thus far focuses on the dynamics of a single family living in a Glasgow devastated by the collapse privatization schemes thatd Scottish industry under Margaret Thatcher. Absent … Read more

Psychiatrist Sentensed to 54 Months for Addiction Treatment Fraud

Psychiatrist Jose Santeiro, MD, of Miami Lakes, Florida, has been going to 54 months in prison for engaging in a scheme that fraudulently billed about $112 million for substance abuse services that were never provided or were medically unnecessary, the US Department of Justice ( DOJ) has announced. Santeiro was medical director of two substance … Read more

Binge drinking is a slippery slope

Not to mention the outward symptoms like: acne, redness on your nose and palms and dry, wrinkled skin that makes you look older. And drinking during pregnancy can lead to a host of problems for the child, like facial abnormalities and developmental deficits. “A lifetime of misery” for the little one, as Dr. Zasada puts … Read more

Visibility for Foster Youth | Military

Dear Anne: Something not spoken about the oppression, privileges and privilege is the people have when they have family. I grew up in foster care, and I see nearly zero% representation of former foster youth anywhere in the media or in stories or headlines, unless, of course, it is about someone who entered foster care … Read more