Videogame addiction – fact or fantasy?

By Gemma Lucy Smart, University of Sydney I am a Warcraft widow, an affectionate term given to those who have “lost” a partner to World of Warcraft (WoW) as a result of excessive game-playing. I have first-hand experience of the way games such as WoW can be so engaging that entertainment becomes a way of life. Which leads me to the question: was my partner an addict? If so, was …

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Are anabolic steroids addictive?

Common signs of addiction include cravings for the drug, requiring more drug to get the same effect, and withdrawal symptoms should the drug be stopped. These are all behaviours that can apply to anabolic steroids. The following is a statement from the National Institute of Drug Abuse concerning anabolic steroids: “An undetermined percentage of steroid abusers may become addicted to the drugs, as evidenced by their continued abuse despite physical …

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Australian pharmacies prepare to stock a new version of OxyContin that is impossible to abuse

From April 1, pharmaceutical company Mundipharma will introduce its new non-crushable OxyContin tablets and withdraw the original version of the medicine from pharmacy shelves. The Pharmacy Guild of Australia has warned its members to be on the look out for people with fraudulent scripts trying to obtain the last supplies of the old, crushable version of the drug in the next few weeks. “It is expected in the transition period …

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Internet Addiction: prevention and treatment

Internet Addiction disorder is a global and significant problem Prevention and treatment of  Internet Addiction is to be discussed at the Australian & New Zealand Addiction Conference, to be held at the Outrigger Surfers Paradise, 5th – 6th March 2015. Prevention and treatment of Internet addiction Prevention strategies for at risk groups of adolescents and children and specialised treatments programs are to be discussed at Addiction 2015, which will cover behavioural addictions. …

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Addiction 2015 – call for abstracts

The Australian & New Zealand Addiction Conference 6th March 2015. The Australian and New Zealand Addiction 2015 Conference will address the treatment and recovery of alcohol, other drugs and behavioural addictions. Addiction 2015 will be hosted by the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association (ANZMH) www.anzmh.asn.au. The focus of the Addiction 2015 Conference will be on different types of addiction, prevention, assessment, treatment and recovery and the prevalence of mental health and …

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Is Marijuana Addictive?

Can recreational pot smokers become addicted? A realistic concern for recreational users of marijuana is whether or not they will become addicted. There are no easy answers to this question. In my opinion, the most unbiased book on this and other related topics is The Science of Marijuana (2008). The Science of Marijuana is written by Leslie L. Iverson, a professor of pharmacology at the University of Cambridge in England. …

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Don’t get worked up: you can beat your porn addiction … if you want to

By Gomathi Sitharthan, University of Sydney and Raj Sitharthan, University of Western Sydney There are several myths regarding what constitutes “porn addiction”. Some argue that, like alcohol problems, porn addiction is a disease. Once trapped, the consumer of porn will hit rock bottom with no recourse but to aim for abstinence and engage in treatment programs based on the 12-step model. Others have simply substituted some prominent signs of severe …

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Chronic pain sufferers risk addiction

Health groups are calling for greater oversight for prescription painkillers amid concern sufferers are at serious risk of addiction. An increasing number of chronic pain sufferers are being prescribed pharmaceutical opioids, which can be highly addictive. Rising trend of prescribing opioids for treatment The supply of oxycodone has increased significantly in the past two decades. According to research from the Victorian Department of Health’s Malcolm Dobbin, the drug’s supply has …

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Marijuana Addiction

Some smokers do develop all the symptoms of an actual addiction after chronic marijuana use. The fact that most users never develop an addiction doesn’t mean that it never happens. Some marijuana users will exhibit all the classic behaviors of someone who has an addiction. There is a difference between marijuana abuse and marijuana dependence. Marijuana abuse occurs when someone continues to use the drug despite negative consequences, such as …

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Anxiety and addiction

Anxiety In contrast to fear, which is a response to a realistic immediate danger, anxiety is a fearful response occurring in the absence of a specific danger or real threat. According to the National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing, anxiety disorders are the most common form of mental disorder in the population with a one-year prevalence of 9.7% in Australian adults. The fear and worry associated with anxiety arises in response …

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