- Coffee has a long list of benefits, but it may be the caffeine you want to skip out on.
- Marijuana is relatively safe, but stopping the drug can still affect the body and mind; here's how.
- Xanax and Valium are very useful benzodiazepines, but long-term use can lead to dependency. Here's what you need to know.
- Alcohol can amplify the effects of a medication, render it completely ineffective, or interact with its ingredients in a life-threatening way.
- Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy published a report calling addiction the biggest health problem currently facing America.
- Coffee has some health benefits, particularly cognitive ones. But when you drink too much of it, there could be harmful side effects.
- Smartphone app Breindebaas may help those with alcohol problems control their urges through a process called cognitive bias modification.
- Researchers have found that abusing marijuana raises people’s risk of developing psychosis.
- Three small children have been removed from a home after their parents, who admit to using heroin but deny harming their kids, were charged with injecting them with a “feel good medicine” of heroin and water.
- It can be hard to tell which young people will engage in impulsive behavior, like having unprotected sex or using drugs, but one new questionnaire aims to change that.
- Heroin has been available to humans throughout history, but there's a reason why it's boomed in recent years.
- Studies about the impact of video games on adolescents have been controversial. Now researchers say kids are more likely to smoke and drink alcohol when they see video game characters do it.
Historically, addiction has been defined as physical and/or psychological dependence on psychoactive substances (for example alcohol, tobacco, heroin, caffeine and other drugs) which cross the blood-brain barrier once ingested, temporarily altering the chemical milieu of the brain.