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Addiction News & Policy Update for Week Ending December 7, 2018

Published 12-06-2018

Neuroscientist thinks one way to fight opioid addiction is to tackle loneliness Feeling lonely? Social isolation isn’t just bad for your mood — it can be bad for your health, too. And in a TEDxMidAtlantic talk, Rachel Wurzman says it contributes to opioid addiction — fueling drug use, relapses and overdoses.Learn More   This brain circuit is key to both depression and addiction New research conducted in mice identifies a neural pathway crucial to both depression and addiction. Can we treat these problems by simply manipulating this pathway?.Learn More   Gender Differences in Addiction: Clinical Implications Dependence on or harmful use of alcohol and tobacco or illicit drugs is generally higher in men.Learn More   Former opioid addict turned Harvard doctor blames faith-based rehab centers for skipping scientific research as they push for abstinence Three-quarters of addiction treatment centers in the US follow the 12-step model, inspired by Christian beliefs - and it may be to the detriment of...

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Don’t Overindulge This Holiday Season—Effects of Alcohol on the Body

Published 11-28-2018

Mulled wine. Spiked egg nog. Hot toddies. Champagne toasts. The list of festive holiday drinks is endless. And so are your opportunities to overdo it. So before the festive season gets into full swing, take a moment to understand what all that alcohol does to your body. After your first alcoholic drink or two (which is moderate drinking, by the way), you start to get that relaxed, sociable feeling. Your heart rate speeds up; you feel animated and may have a happy buzz. But make no mistake; at this point your brain and nerves—which control reflexes and thinking—are already impaired. If you keep drinking, things start to go downhill quickly. Since your hands and feet may not be in sync with your brain and reflexes, your coordination and reaction time may be out of sorts. Lack of mental clarity can also lead to poor judgment and rash decisions. There’s also the potential for...

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Piscataway High School Back-to-School Night

Published 09-14-2018

By Melisa Damcevska, Preventionist I The end of summer, the drop of the temperatures, and the start of a new school year also means schools are hosting annual Back-to-School Nights. These are annual events where parents and guardians are given an opportunity to experience the daily steps their children take while at school. Wellspring Center for Prevention hosted a table at Piscataway High School’s Back-to-School Night earlier this month. The staff came armed with information about substance use prevention and mental health promotion. Parents were able to collect valuable information and community resources right at the school. For many parents and youth, high school is a time of transition, growth and self-discovery, as well as a time where the susceptibility to substance use may skyrocket as youth begin to figure out who they are. Having these tools and information is critical to keeping students and parents informed and ultimately, healthy. At the Back-to-School night, parents...

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