Binge drinking in teens changes gut bacteria, even before addiction develops
Good bacteria helps keep your body and emotions in balance - and even reduces craving. Foods and supplements (like prebiotics and probiotics) may be a new tool to counter the effect of alcohol on teens.
Heavy drinking in high school increases within two years of first drink
This may set the pattern for heavy drinking by the time teens get to college or become young adults. Help may need to start in the early teen years.
A Barrier to Medication Treatment for Opioid Addiction Is Removed
It is now easier for people with an opioid use disorder to get treatment with buprenorphine from a qualified health practitioner. Buprenorphine was the first approved narcotic drug for addiction that could be prescribed by doctors in their offices. It reduces cravings and may only needed to be taken every other day.
Mental health issues are often linked to addiction
People often use substances to help them deal with other mental health issues such as depression or anxiety. Both need to be treated.
A Sleep Medication During Opioid Withdrawal Cuts Cravings
Trouble sleeping during withdrawal can lead to re-starting drug use. New research on the sleep medication suvorexant shows it eases withdrawal symptoms, reduces cravings and helps people sleep better during the withdrawal period.