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Understanding Self-Medication and Addiction

Girl in Self-Medication for anxiety Dr. Mark Gold’s Research You Can Use Self-medication theory, as mainly advocated by Ed Khantzian, assumes that suffering is the driving force behind addiction. The theory hypothesizes that underlying psychological disorders force individuals to self-medicate. Patients are then distinguished as per their drugs of choice. For instance, if a patient had an alcohol use disorder, he [...]
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Double Trouble: Nicotine Dependence and Major Depression Show Shared Genetic Risk 

Person smoking pot and with Nicotine Dependence and Major Depression Dr. Mark Gold’s Research You Can Use An important, major study conducted a detailed investigation into the genetic risk variants for co-occurring nicotine dependence and major depression. There exists a high rate of co-occurrence, or comorbidity, between substance use and other mental illnesses. Even though it remains hard to establish a connection or causality, certain [...]
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Pornography and Video Gaming – A Coping Tactic to Deal With “Forced Abstinence”?

Video game playing Dr. Mark Gold’s Research You Can Use Video gaming and viewing pornography are highly prevalent behaviors in today’s age and time. Yet, little is known about how the two can be related or overlap each other. Earlier this year, a day-long crash of the servers of the video game Fortnite: Battle Royale presented interesting potential [...]
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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, a Potential Treatment for Methamphetamine Addiction

Brain picture for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Dr. Mark Gold’s Research You Can Use Drug withdrawal can be nothing short of traumatic for patients. Withdrawal from methamphetamine is accompanied with an array of discomforting, and almost painful, experiences, the main reason for eventual relapse. Various neurotransmitters, neuropeptides, signal transduction pathways, and brain regions, in particular, the nucleus accumbens, are compromised as a [...]
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Adolescent Drug Use Gateway to Addiction in Adulthood

Man walking and thinking about Adolescent Drug Use Dr. Mark Gold’s Research You Can Use A recent study, assessing the national survey data, unearthed a common liability of all drug use initiated earlier in youth: substance abuse initiated during adolescence was indicative of a greater prevalence of substance use disorder among adults. Even though surprising, this makes sense as all drugs of abuse [...]
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Naltrexone: What Does the Future Hold?

I Received Naltrexone badge Dr. Mark Gold’s Research You Can Use Opioid addiction has become America’s leading public health crisis of epidemic proportions. Stanford University’s recent analysis of the present treatment, prevention, and public health viewpoint suggested that almost 510,000 deaths resulting from prescription opioids and street heroin are to be expected from 2016 to 2025 in the US [...]
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