Casual Marijuana Use Changes the Brain

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New research into casual marijuana use during adolescence indicates that even limited usage can cause structural changes in the brain. The study, published in The Journal of Neuroscience, examined the long-term impact of low and moderate usage of marijuana on the brain. Researchers specifically identified two regions of the brain that differ in size and shape between those who do not use marijuana and those who smoke once a week. The areas of the brain impacted are involved in emotion and motivation.  While many studies have focused on the long-term Continue Reading »

Negative Body Image Linked to Social Media

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Young adults spend much of their time sharing their lives on social media with friends and family members. With many using it as their primary form of communication, many see it as an enhancement to their relationships; however, recent research suggests that more time spent on social media could actually be damaging, leading to more negative feelings and comparisons of one’s body to others, especially in college-aged students. Primarily affecting women, negative body image and feelings towards oneself directly correlated to the amount of time spent on websites such as Continue Reading »

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 »

Kids Likely to Pick up Parent’s Alcohol/Drug Habits

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Substance abuse not only negatively affects those who use, but also those around them. New research suggests that children of substance abusing parents are significantly more likely to experiment with those same substances. The study revealed that in alcohol use, children’s likelihood was found to be 5 times higher and in marijuana use, children’s likelihood was found to be 2 times higher. The findings of this study reveal a link to increasing numbers of adolescent substance abuse. In findings from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health in 2011, 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 »

Substance Abuse Trends in America: Cocaine decrease, Marijuana Increase

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A new study examined the trends in drug abuse among substances that are commonly abused in America. From 2006 – 2010, cocaine use dropped by half across the country while marijuana use increased by more than 30% during the same time period. Heroin use did not dramatically change and remained stable while methamphetamine consumption dramatically increased and then dropped again. The findings of this study were reported by researchers affiliated with the RAND Drug Policy Research Center.  With findings dating up until 2010, this report does not account for the Continue Reading »

LA latest city to ban e-cigarettes in public places

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Los Angeles is the latest among major cities, such as New York City and Chicago, to ban e-cigarettes from use in public places. These places include restaurants, work places, parks and beaches. The ordinance sprung to life over concern about the safety of e-cigarettes and to what extent they may threaten public health. While there is still debate about the safety of these electronic devices, it has not stopped manufacturers’ advertisements of safety and many smokers continue to turn to the device in an effort to quit smoking actual cigarettes.  Continue Reading »

Hallucinogens: Salvia and Other Potent Plants

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Hallucinogens are often created from compounds that exist in some plants and mushrooms. While they have been used for religious ceremonies for centuries, modern society has found hallucinogens more abundantly represented in young adult substance abuse. The drugs can alter reality, causing a number of hallucinations and changes in mental or physical state. The most commonly abused substances in this category include LSD, peyote and PCP.  The biggest risks associated with hallucinogens is the fact that their effects vary greatly from person to person and can produce different effects at Continue Reading »

Marijuana vs Synthetic Marijuana

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Marijuana is one of the most frequently abused substances among young adults. Many believe that marijuana’s side effects are not harmful and that the substance is not addictive nor dangerous. This misconception has led many young adults to experiment without considering the consequences of their actions. Marijuana is abused through a number of methods including smoking a hand-rolled cigarette called a joint or through pipes or water pipes called bongs. It is also often baked into food or brewed into teas. Regardless of the method of intake, it can cause Continue Reading »