Drug Abuse Among Unsuspecting Professionals

Drug Abuse Among Unsuspecting Professionals Addiction does not discriminate and our drug and alcohol programs here at Harmony reflect this fact well – with programs for young adults, men and women...

The Escalating Debate Over E-Cigarettes

The Escalating Debate Over E-Cigarettes Follow the bouncing ping-pong ball. “E-cigarettes are likely to be gateway devices for nicotine addiction among youth, opening up a whole new market for tobacco.” —Lauren...

The Dangerous Zohydro Hits the Market This Week

The Dangerous Zohydro Hits the Market This Week A few months ago, we wrote about Zohydro – the controversial painkiller approved by the FDA last October. Despite its controversy and attempts to block...

Hey, Wake Up, It’s Brain Awareness Week

Hey, Wake Up, It’s Brain Awareness Week Your brain doesn’t come with an instruction manual. The Dana Foundation’s annual Brain Awareness Week (BAW), March 10-16, seems particularly appropriate...

Six Writers Who Battled the Bottle

Six Writers Who Battled the Bottle Book review. In The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking, author Olivia Laing’s stated goal is “to know why writers drink, and what effect this stew...

Still no Field Sobriety Test for Marijuana

Still no Field Sobriety Test for Marijuana Photo Credit How do police identify a stoned driver? The standard field sobriety test involves having a driver walk heel to toe, turn on one foot...

Addicts and Disease

Addicts and Disease Commentary. Former National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) director Alan Leshner has been vilified by many for referring to addiction as a chronic, relapsing “brain disease.”...

Acamprosate For Alcohol: Why the Research Might Be Wrong

Acamprosate For Alcohol: Why the Research Might Be Wrong Calcium may be curbing the urge to drink. “Occasionally,” reads the opening sentence of a commentary published online last month in Neuropsychopharmacology,...

Addiction Treatment After Naloxone

Addiction Treatment After Naloxone Photo Credit California is now following the footsteps of Colorado and other states that allows the use of naloxone or Narcan, an FDA approved, non-addictive...

Narco-Deforestation Accelerates Loss of Biodiversity

Narco-Deforestation Accelerates Loss of Biodiversity In Central America, drug policies become conservation policies. The Central American isthmus exploded into prominence as a drug trafficking corridor...

Philip Seymour Hoffman: The Disease of Addiction Doing Pushups

Philip Seymour Hoffman: The Disease of Addiction Doing Pushups For many recovering addicts, the tragedy of Philip Seymour Hoffman was a humbling reminder that no matter how many years someone has sober,...

The Anthropology of Addiction

The Anthropology of Addiction Can we ever integrate neuroscience and social science? Bielefeld, Germany—The last in a series of posts about a recent conference, Neuroplasticity in Substance Addiction...

Illicit Behavior and Super Bowl Sunday

Illicit Behavior and Super Bowl Sunday Photo Via Today is Super Bowl Sunday when many parties abound that lead to overindulgence in eating, drinking and other self-defeating behaviors. Many...

Going Deep: Surgery For Addiction?

Going Deep: Surgery For Addiction? Controversial DBS technique shows early promise for Parkinson’s, Tourette’s. Bielefeld, Germany— The third in an irregular series of posts about a recent...

The Lure and Danger of Synthetic Marijuana in Colorado

The Lure and Danger of Synthetic Marijuana in Colorado Marijuana news has been trending since storefronts legally selling marijuana opened on January 1st. Surprisingly the topic of “synthetic marijuana”...

Drug Craving, or How to Be Your Own Worst Enemy

Drug Craving, or How to Be Your Own Worst Enemy Plus the disease model, warts and all. Bielefeld, Germany— The second in an irregular series of posts about a recent conference, Neuroplasticity...

What is This Thing Called Neuroplasticity?

What is This Thing Called Neuroplasticity? And how does it impact addiction and recovery? Bielefeld, Germany— The first in an irregular series of posts about a recent conference, Neuroplasticity...

Unintended Consequences: Breaking Bad Inspired Blue Meth on the Rise

Unintended Consequences: Breaking Bad Inspired Blue Meth on the Rise Photo Via Last Sunday, Breaking Bad won a Golden Globe for Best TV Series, Drama while just this week there was breaking...

20 MLB Players Face Suspension Due to Doping, Says ESPN

20 MLB Players Face Suspension Due to Doping, Says ESPN The current drug use situation in Major League Baseball (MLB) reflects the need for change in order to increase the purity of sport. The MLB is...

FL Doctors Aren’t Using Prescription Drug Databases, Say Federal Officials

FL Doctors Aren’t Using Prescription Drug Databases, Say Federal Officials In Florida, like many states across the country, there is a central database that tracks the use of prescription medication,...