Role of art therapy in addiction treatment

Role of art therapy in addiction treatment

Millions of people across the globe succumb to an addiction to illicit substances or to a relapse because they fail to exercise self-control, which is a must for leading a sober life. However, multiple strategies can be adopted to help people struggling with an addiction to break-free from the shackles of substance use disorder and enjoy a sober life. One of these strategies is art therapy, which is used as a therapeutic intervention for people struggling with an addiction. However, it is not used as a stand-alone therapy but always as a part of a multipronged approach. Read more

Substance abuse among nurses: Risk factors and treatment

Substance abuse among nurses: Risk factors and treatment

Substance use disorder (SUD) is rampant across the length and breadth of the United States, afflicting millions of people regardless of their culture and occupations, including the world of nursing. According to the official journal of the American Nurse Today (ANT), approximately 10-15 pertcent of the nursing population or one in 10 nurses is struggling with a drug or an alcohol addiction or are in recovery. Compared to the general population, nurses develop dependence and addiction to substances because of easy access to drugs. Read more

Study highlights role of WAVE1 in determining brain’s response to cocaine

Study highlights role of WAVE1 in determining brain’s response to cocaine

Dependence on cocaine is not new considering the “feel-good” effect of the drug on the brain. There are numerous ways in which the drug may be used by those hooked to its addictive impact. Considering that cocaine acts on the chemical messenger dopamine in the brain that controls feelings of extreme excitement or movement, the use of this drug is popular among people in the United States, who often inject or snort the drug as it produces a quicker and stronger response. Read more

Unique addiction habits in American youth

Unique addiction habits in American youth

Drugs have penetrated the American society deeply and have left no socioeconomic group untouched. The most commonly abused drugs, such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, methamphetamine and prescription medications, have a long-term negative impact on the physical and mental health of a person. Read more

Ins and outs of drug abuse – 2: Treatment approaches to drug addiction

Ins and outs of drug abuse – 2: Treatment approaches to drug addiction

Drug addiction is a chronic illness characterized by cravings for drugs at regular intervals. The disease affects the brains and behavior of addicts. The changes that occur in the brain due to drug abuse can be harmful and long-lasting. However, a person may not be able to stop taking a substance even if he/she wants to. Read more