Substance Abuse and Addiction

Connecting the Dots Between Biology and Addiction

With $2.3 million from the National Institutes of Health, Emory University psychological scientist Rohan Palmer is searching for the genetic influences that leave some individuals particularly vulnerable to addiction. More

  • The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has issued a Notice of Special Interest inviting grant applications proposing to study the social contagion of behavior and substance abuse. More

    NIH Encourages Studying the Social Contagion of Substance Abuse

    The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has issued a Notice of Special Interest inviting grant applications proposing to study the social contagion of behavior and substance abuse. More

  • As marijuana restrictions loosen up, behavioral researchers are finding that some drivers believe driving under the influence of cannabis poses fewer risks than driving while drunk. More

    Cannabis Users See Low Risk in Driving High

    As marijuana restrictions loosen up, behavioral researchers are finding that some drivers believe driving under the influence of cannabis poses fewer risks than driving while drunk. More

  • With $2.3 million from the National Institutes of Health, Emory University psychological scientist Rohan Palmer is searching for the genetic influences that leave some individuals particularly vulnerable to addiction. More

    Connecting the Dots Between Biology and Addiction

    With $2.3 million from the National Institutes of Health, Emory University psychological scientist Rohan Palmer is searching for the genetic influences that leave some individuals particularly vulnerable to addiction. More

  • In a new issue of Psychological Science in the Public Interest, researchers propose novel treatment strategies, based on advances in brain science, that could help prevent abuse of opioids and other drugs. More

    Innovative Addiction Treatments Hold Promise for Stemming the Opioid Crisis

    In a new issue of Psychological Science in the Public Interest, researchers propose novel treatment strategies, based on advances in brain science, that could help prevent abuse of opioids and other drugs. More

  • Craving is challenging to measure because it is visceral and difficult to express in words or numbers on a scale. To address this challenge, researcher Crewell and colleagues investigated the effectiveness of a nonverbal measure of craving in heavy smokers. More

    Hand squeezing a handful of cigarettes

    Cigarette Craving Can Be Measured with a Squeeze

    Craving is challenging to measure because it is visceral and difficult to express in words or numbers on a scale. To address this challenge, researcher Crewell and colleagues investigated the effectiveness of a nonverbal measure of craving in heavy smokers. More

  • An innovative program at Indiana University shows how university generated research can help policymakers tackle real-world issues, including treatment for substance-use disorders. More

    Unearthing Interdisciplinary ‘Gems’ in Addiction Research

    An innovative program at Indiana University shows how university generated research can help policymakers tackle real-world issues, including treatment for substance-use disorders. More

  • If research on drinking in the wake of the Great Recession is any indication, financial insecurity has a strong influence on drinking habits. More

    Employees Changed Their Drinking Habits After the Recession

    If research on drinking in the wake of the Great Recession is any indication, financial insecurity has a strong influence on drinking habits. More

  • The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has released a funding opportunity announcement for research on the prevention of the use of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), otherwise known as vapes or e-cigarettes, among adolescents. More

    NIH Funding Research on Preventative Interventions for Vaping Among Adolescents

    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has released a funding opportunity announcement for research on the prevention of the use of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), otherwise known as vapes or e-cigarettes, among adolescents. More

  • The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) has issued a Notice of Special Interest inviting grant applications proposing to research the life and health span effects of alcohol in the context of level of consumption, consumption pattern, and duration of consumption. More

    NIAAA Encourages Research on Alcohol’s Effect on Aging

    The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) has issued a Notice of Special Interest inviting grant applications proposing to research the life and health span effects of alcohol in the context of level of consumption, consumption pattern, and duration of consumption. More

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