- A Primer on Drug Addiction
Considerable confusion exists regarding the nature of addiction. The most common misunderstanding is that addiction refers to a state of physical dependence on a drug whereby discontinuing drug intake produces a withdrawal syndrome consisting of various somatic disturbances. Addiction is better defined as a behavioral syndrome where drug procurement and use seem to dominate the individual’s motivation and where continued drug intake seems necessary to maintain optimal psychological functioning of the individual.
(Added: 30-Jan-2000 Hits: 17867)
- Addiction Search
Addiction Search is a comprehensive site dedicated to providing health consumers and professionals with up-to-date, research-based information on drugs and alcohol, treatment approaches, and policy issues. At this site you will be able to find resources for dealing with substance abuse problems in yourself or others. Selected resources offer a balanced perspective on key issues in the addiction field.
(Added: 25-Oct-2000 Hits: 6978)
- Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is the largest mental health and addictions facility in Canada. Underlying all of the Centre's efforts are two principal tasks: advancing our understanding of mental health and addiction, and translating this knowledge into practical resources and tools that can be used in our own programs and in the broader community. This work is key to preventing problems, finding more effective treatments for often debilitating conditions, and improving the quality of life for people who are struggling with mental illness and addictions.
(Added: 15-Jun-2000 Hits: 2299)
- Drug Abuse Statistics from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
This report is the first release of information from SAMHSA's 1999 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse (NHSDA). Since 1971, the NHSDA has been the primary source of national information on the prevalence and incidence of illicit drug, alcohol, and tobacco use in the civilian population age 12 years and older. For the first time ever, this report provides estimates of illicit drug, alcohol, and cigarette use by age group that can be compared across States and the District of Columbia.
(Added: 19-Sep-2000 Hits: 1257)
- Effect of Addictive History on Conditioned Responses Anticipatory to the Effects of Heroin
The object of this study was to examine the direction and intensity of the anticipatory conditioned responses of mimetic character (conditioned sensitivity) and of compensatory character (conditioned abstinence) to the analgesic and subjective effects of heroin. There were four different groups, 16 men in each: G1, non-addicts; G2, occasional users; G3, non-detoxified addicts; G4, detoxified addicts. The responses, heart rate (HR), electrodermal activity (EA), desire for heroin (HD), withdrawal symptoms self-perception (WSS), and subjective symptoms mimetic to those induced by heroin (SMS) were evaluated before and after the projection of two films, one with neutral stimuli, the other with heroin-related stimuli.
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- Effects of Alcohol on Divided Attention and on Accuracy of Attentional Shift
Two experiments are described in which a group of students (39 in experiment 1, 32 in experiment 2) carried out: 1- a dual task, 2- a test of auditory attentional shift, both under two conditions: A- after drinking an alcoholic beverage until reaching a blood-alcohol level of between 0.3 and 0.4 gr/l in experiment 1, and between 0.2 and 0.3 gr/l in experiment 2; B- after drinking a similar beverage with negligible alcohol content. Results showed that these low blood-alcohol levels –below the legal limit for car drivers in Spain– impaired accuracy in attentional shift and affected the capacity for dividing attention.
(Added: 28-Mar-2000 Hits: 1299)
- Experimental Methods Used to Study Drug Addiction
Preclinical methods use laboratory animals to study drug addiction. A number of experimental procedures are used at the ARU to study the biological basis of drug addiction in laboratory animals. Several of these procedures directly or indirectly measure the reinforcing effects of drug administration. Drug reinforcement refers to the ability of some drugs to motivate the individual to engage in behaviors leading to drug administration.
(Added: 29-Sep-2000 Hits: 1219)
- Institute of Behavioral Research at TCU
For many years, the research staff of the IBR have given special attention to evaluations of substance abuse and behavioral interventions provided by community-based programs, including prevention and treatment, and to the study of long-term addiction careers.
(Added: 9-Apr-1999 Hits: 1060)
- Mind Over Matter: The Brains Response to Drugs
The "Mind Over Matter" series includes six colorful, over-sized, glossy magazines, each of which is devoted to a specific drug or drug group; including stimulants, hallucinogens, inhalants, marijuana, opiates, and steroids. Each of the magazines describes the effects of specific drugs or drug types on the anatomy and physiology of the brain and the body. These educational materials further elaborate on the way in which these drug-induced changes affect both behaviors and emotions.
(Added: 21-Apr-2001 Hits: 2970)
- National Addiction Treatment & Rehabilitation Directory
UK Drug Rehab provides basic information on the subjects of addiction and related matters, and incorporates a National Addiction Treatment & Rehabilitation Directory. The purpose is to encourage those who are experiencing drug and alcohol problems to seek the help they need to address their problems.
(Added: 30-Jun-2009 Hits: 99)
- National Institute on Drug Abuse
Recent scientific advances have revolutionized our understanding of drug abuse and addiction. The majority of these advances, which have dramatic implications for how to best prevent and treat addiction, have been supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). NIDA supports over 85 percent of the world's research on the health aspects of drug abuse and addiction.
(Added: 18-Sep-2000 Hits: 595)
- NIAAA Alcohol and Alcohol Problems Science Database (ETOH)
The Alcohol and Alcohol Problems Science Database, commonly referred to as ETOH, is the most comprehensive online resource covering all aspects of alcohol abuse and alcoholism. Produced by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), ETOH contains over 110,000 records and is accessed by both
researchers and clinicians worldwide. Included in ETOH are abstracts and bibliographic references to journal
articles, books, dissertation abstracts, conference papers and proceedings, reports and studies, and chapters in
(Added: 16-Feb-2001 Hits: 1208)
- Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment - A Research-Based Guide
Three decades of scientific research and clinical practice have yielded a variety of effective approaches to drug addiction treatment. Extensive data document that drug addiction treatment is as effective as are treatments for most other similarly chronic medical conditions. In spite of scientific evidence that establishes the effectiveness of drug abuse treatment, many people believe that treatment is ineffective. In part, this is because of unrealistic expectations. Many people equate addiction with simply using drugs and therefore expect that addiction should be cured quickly, and if it is not, treatment is a failure. In reality, because addiction is a chronic disorder, the ultimate goal of long-term abstinence often requires sustained and repeated treatment episodes.
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Clinical Psychologist Brent Conrad offers information on the assessment and treatment of internet, computer, and video game addiction. Includes monthly tips for overcoming tech addictions, information on therapy, and self-help workbooks.
(Added: 1-Jul-2008 Hits: 284)
- The Biological Basis of Addiction
The pharmacological activation of brain reward systems is largely responsible for producing a drug's potent addictive properties. Personality, social, and genetic factors may also be important, but the drug's effects on the central nervous system (CNS) remain the primary determinants of drug addiction.
(Added: 30-Jan-2000 Hits: 2186)
- Treatment Improvement Exchange (TIE)
The Treatment Improvement Exchange (TIE) is a resource sponsored by the Division of State and Community Assistance of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment to provide information exchange between CSAT staff and State and local alcohol and substance abuse agencies.
(Added: 19-Sep-2000 Hits: 323)
- Web of Addictions
The Web of Addictions is an award
winning web site dedicated to providing
accurate information about alcohol and
other drug addictions. It contains Fact
Sheets on various drugs, current
information on the addictions field, and
a huge collection to addiction related
(Added: 21-Mar-1999 Hits: 1490)