Is Depression Addictive?

The co-occurrence of depression and addiction is not unusual. Many people experience both illnesses at the same time because they feed on each other. If you are prone to depression, for instance, you might feel compelled to drink or get high in an attempt to feel better or to hide from your depressive moods. If…

Dual Diagnosis Treatment Reduces Aggression

Significant numbers of people diagnosed with serious mental illness also have co-existing problems with substance use disorder (substance abuse and/or substance addiction). Evidence shows that the simultaneous presence of these two problems increases the odds for aggressive or violent behavior. In a study published in July 2014 in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, researchers…

Estrogen and the Hormonal Link to Addiction

Men and women react differently to drugs due to physiological differences. An important factor affecting drug abuse and addiction is the hormone estrogen. Research into the biological and physiological factors affecting addiction has been limited, but is growing. Most recently, a study led by an undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota found an important…