Aboriginal gambling: a question of addiction or resource redistribution?

By Martin Young; Bruce Doran, Australian National University, and Francis Markham, Australian National University “Aboriginal gambling” has become something of a hot-button issue in recent years. A number of academic research articles have documented the “risk factors” for Aboriginal people that increase their likelihood of develop gambling problems – enough to justify a recent overview paper by the Centre for Gambling Education and Research at Southern Cross University. Governments have …

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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 and the brain: how the immune system takes over

By Mark Hutchinson How do you know you are sick? No, really… Think about it. If you have suffered through another winter of coughs and sniffles, and you are about to be hit by the spring allergies, you will know the feeling of being tired and grumpy, where everything seems to hurt that little bit more and you wish everyone would just leave you alone. What’s even worse is that …

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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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Behavioural Addictions

Behavioural addictions have the same symptoms as drug addiction and alcholism. Process addictions alter mood by creating a euphoric feeling or a “high”. This feeling is caused by the serotonin or adrenalin released in the brain when a person uses drugs or alcohol or engages in an addictive activity. The brain then seeks to recreate this experience despite any negative consequences related to it. The need to repeatedly go through …

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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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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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