Limiting Media Usage Can Provide Multiple Benefits

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Adolescents and young adults spend more time in front of computer monitors, playing games and watching television than engaging in many other activities. While many use technology as a means to connect with friends, complete work and entertain, too much time spent in front of a computer or television can cause a number of adverse effects to develop. Researchers from Iowa State University have examined the health benefits associated with decreased use of the computer and television, finding that many adolescents sleep better, perform better in school and exhibit better Continue Reading »

Occasional Drug Use in College-aged Youth Show Brain Differences

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Drug use in young adults has grown exponentially in recent years. While substance abuse continues to rise, drug use in those who classify themselves as occasional users of stimulants, such as cocaine, and certain prescription drugs, has proven to produce effects on the brain that may lead to deepening addiction later in life. The study published in the March 26 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience, compared the reaction times of occasional stimulant users to those who had never tried these drugs. Early in the study, reaction times of those Continue Reading »

Social Connections Can Help in Reducing Depression

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Building community is a major component of treatment at Sober College. Sober College’s therapies encourage the building and strengthening of supportive networks throughout the treatment process. Even in completing treatment, Sober College enforces the power of community through aftercare services and our alumni program. Strong, supportive relationships play a vital role in treatment of addiction and lower the risk of relapse. New research supports Sober College’s practices in revealing that belonging to a social group can alleviate symptoms of depression and prevent relapse of mental health disorders.  In the paper Continue Reading »

Gambling and Risky Sex Related?

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Adolescence is often an age of exploration, expanding boundaries and discovery, but sometimes adverse consequences may develop as a side effect of high-risk behaviors. Recent research has been conducted on the relationship between certain high-risk behaviors and found a possible correlation between gambling and sexual behaviors. The study found that half (50%) of adolescents surveyed had gambled before the age of 18 and 89% were already sexually active by this age.  Further investigation into the findings of this study revealed that earlier onset of gambling behaviors led to an increased Continue Reading »

Opioid Overdoses Raise Risk of Hospitalization, Respiratory Failure

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Opioid abuse is a growing problem among young adults. Available in some prescription drugs and as a component of heroin, opioids are incredibly dangerous substances that are highly addictive and potent. Opioid abuse has seen a dramatic increase in emergency room visits recently with a nearly 183% increase from 2004 to 2011. These staggering numbers are partly due to an increased availability through prescription medication for pain management, with sales nearly quadrupling over the past 11 years.    According to a report published in the April issue of Mayo Clinic Continue Reading »

Mentally Ill Are More Often Victims of Violence

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A new study conducted by researchers from a variety of universities indicates that one-third of adults with a  mental illness are likely to be victims of violence. With a strong correlation between victims of violence committing a violent act themselves, those with mental illnesses are more likely commit these acts in residential settings. In this study, victims of violence were 11 times more likely to commit violence themselves.  The cycle of violence can be stopped through intervention. By providing education and focusing on protecting individuals who are at risk of Continue Reading »

Teen Pregnancy More Likely in Those With Mental Illness

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A study published in the journal of Pediatrics indicates that teenage girls with major mental health disorders, such as depression and bipolar disorder, are three times more likely to become teenage parents than those without a major mental health disorder. The study suggests that while only some of the risk factors associated with teen pregnancy and mental health disorders are known, many prevention programs do not consider mental health issues in addressing teen pregnancy.  Adolescence is a trying period of time accompanied by numerous biological changes that can influence the Continue Reading »

Sleep Duration Linked to Depression

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Depression is a mood disorder that affects nearly 1 in 10 adults in the United States. The presence of mood disorders can often heighten the risk of substance abuse as a means of self-medication. Depression and anxiety disorders are often the most commonly occurring mood disorders that occur in young adults struggling with substance abuse. Depression and other mood disorders can develop from a number of influences such as genetic predisposition and environmental factors; however, new research has found sleep duration and influence the development of depression as well.  Healthy Continue Reading »

Heavy Internet Usage by College Students Exhibits Symptoms of Addiction

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The Internet provides us with a plethora of information, entertainment and socialization, but with its endless offerings comes the risk of addiction. In a recent study conducted among college students, researchers determined that about 5 to 10 percent of all Internet users display symptoms of dependency on the web. In brain imaging studies, compulsive Internet usage seems to mimic the patterns of brain reward pathways found in drug addiction. While drug addiction is viewed more seriously, Internet addiction can have a number of negative side effects. Symptoms of Internet addiction Continue Reading »

Severe Mental Health Disorders and Substance Abuse

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New research indicates that individuals who suffer with severe mental illness, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, are more likely to abuse substances. Previous studies have not explored severe psychotic disorders and links to substance abuse because it was previously considered less likely to occur. This may be partly due to the fact that drugs affect the same parts of the brain that are impacted by severe mental disorders. Typically, higher rates of substance abuse accompanied by mental health disorders occur in those with depression and anxiety disorders. While drug Continue Reading »