7th Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium announces first Keynote Speaker

Associate Prof Nicole Lee is the first Keynote Speaker announced for the 7th Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium being held from the 26 – 28 October 2015 at the Novotel Forest Resort Creswick, VIC. The Symposium will bring together leading clinical practitioners, academics, service providers and mental health experts to deliberate and discuss Mental Health issues confronting Australia and New Zealand. The Conference theme is Mental Health Future For All with topics across the broad …

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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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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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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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Music Therapy in Addiction Recovery

 In the treatment of addictions, music has been established as an adjunctive, highly adaptable modality that is valuable in the holistic approach recommended for addictions work (James, 1988a; Treder- Wolff, 1990a). Music therapists with the appropriate knowledge and training in addictions treatment can provide a vital service to this, population and be a valuable addition to the treatment community In the treatment of addictions, music has been established as an …

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Comorbidity: mental health and substance use at Addiction 2015

Comorbidity (co-occurence) of mental disorders and substance use disorders is widespread and often associated with poor treatment outcome, severe illness course and high service use. People with mental disorders and substance use frequently need care from several different health disciplines. To deliver a holistic care plan for Addiction treatment the communication between all clinicians and service providers need to be coordinated Comorbidity Comorbidity will be addressed at The Australian & New Zealand Addiction …

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