Preventing Addiction With Insight
16April

Preventing Addiction With Insight

By Jessica Benson

Researchers at the University of Utah College of Social Work testing mindfulness training to disrupt the development of conditioned behaviors. "Imagine having a way to inoculate people against addiction, one of our biggest public health cr

Congress is Hyperfocused on Opioids. Is It Focusing Enough on Addiction
02August

Congress is Hyperfocused on Opioids. Is It Focusing...

By Jessica Benson

To read the full article, click here. There’s actually an interesting discussion happening in Congress right now: A question some lawmakers and journalists often ask is whether Congress is too closely targeting opioids, as the epi

The Myth of Healthy Drinking
02August

The Myth of Healthy Drinking

By Jessica Benson

Another meta-study demolishes decades of wishful thinking. Vox notes that "an impressive new meta-study involving 600,000 participants, published recently in The Lancet, suggests that levels of an alcohol previously thought to be relativ

New Study Casts Doubt on Current Despair Models of Addiction
02August

New Study Casts Doubt on Current Despair Models of Addiction

By Jessica Benson

The recent Hari/Hart/Lewis hypothesis that addiction is not primarily metabolic or genetic, but rather the result of "despair" or "sociological conditions" or "flawed learning," takes a major hit in a new report appearing in The National Bu

Hookah Smoking as Toxic as Cigarettes
04June

Hookah Smoking as Toxic as Cigarettes

By Jessica Benson

A new study has found that, contrary to widespread beliefs among users, hookahs filter out only a tiny proportion of the toxic metals found in tobacco smoke. The popularity of hookahs is driven by myths about their safety, such as the effec