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Vagus Nerve Stimulation Holds Promise for Treating Addiction

This post originally featured on Psychology Today. Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) therapy may help addicts overcome substance abuse via the extinction of conditioned drug-seeking behaviors, according to a groundbreaking preclinical study. The new report, “Vagus Nerve Stimulation Reduces Cocaine Seeking and Alters Plasticity in the Extinction Network,” was published in the January issue

Rescheduling of Cannabis For Research Purposes

The American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine's statement on marijuana mentions evidence of marijuana's effectiveness in treating a number of disorders. The American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA) has released a formal position statement requesting that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) reschedule marijuana from Schedule I

Histone Methyltransferase PRDM2 Implicated in Alcohol-dependent Behaviors

Prdm2 contributes to key behaviors and long-term neuroadaptations associated with alcohol dependence. New research published in Molecular Psychiatry has identified a novel epigenetic mechanism that contributes to behaviors related to alcohol dependence. Studies using animal models have found an important role for epigenetic processes in the modulation of alcohol-related behaviors and related

Dr. Tian Dayton: Why Don’t Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACoA’s) Get the Help They Need?

"There is a growing and increasingly powerful recovery movement in our country, supported and often driven by the stories of people in "long-term" recovery, but its focus is almost 100% on the addicted family member and supporting that person's recovery. Yet, when addiction slips in and takes over a family,