Dr. Willenbring is especially distressed about patients who are treated for opioid addiction, then relapse in part because they are not given maintenance therapy with the drug Suboxone. “We have some pretty good drugs to help people with addiction problems, but doctors don’t know how to use them,” he said.Continue Reading

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12237972 From pulling a sickie because of a raging hangover, to staring bleary-eyed at the computer for hours on a Monday morning – employees’ drinking habits are costing New Zealand $1.65 billion a year in lost productivity. That’s the finding from a new University of Otago study – published todayContinue Reading

From today, repeat drink drivers will be required to install an alcohol breathalyser in their car to stop them driving if they've had a drink.https://t.co/qgWHPHMo8D — RNZ (@radionz) July 1, 2018 From today, repeat drink drivers will be required to install an alcohol breathalyser in their car to stop themContinue Reading

Is Lifetime Depression a Thing? Is There Some Explanation? Am I Wired Wrong? https://t.co/88CQ4Bys2S — PsychCentral (@PsychCentral) February 17, 2018 The most obvious thing in your email is the fact that you are drinking everyday for the past 10 years — and are asking why you are depressed. Almost allContinue Reading

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11961659 A top scientist said synthetic alcohol called alcosynth will replace real alcohol in just 10 or 20 years. Professor David Nutt, a former government drugs adviser of Imperial College London, said the man-made liquor will have the same intoxicating effect on us but won’t harm our health. He alsoContinue Reading

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jan/24/radical-ketamine-therapy-could-treat-alcohol-addiction-erase-memories?CMP=fb_gu Scientists believe that a radical treatment involving the tranquilliser ketamine could help overcome alcohol addiction by “erasing” drink-related memories. Psychologists based at University College London are testing whether a one-off dose of the drug could help hazardous drinkers who are trying to reduce their alcohol intake. Alcohol addiction isContinue Reading

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/04/the-irrationality-of-alcoholics-anonymous/386255/ A meticulous analysis of treatments, published more than a decade ago in The Handbook of Alcoholism Treatment Approaches but still considered one of the most comprehensive comparisons, ranks AA 38th out of 48 methods. At the top of the list are brief interventions by a medical professional; motivational enhancement,Continue Reading

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-heart-addiction/201206/alcoholics-are-not-powerless-over-alcohol Addiction is all about seeking a remedy for overwhelming feelings of helplessness, and the exact form of an addiction, whether drinking or eating or watching online pornography, is no more than a focus for the addiction, not its cause. This is why people so often change the form ofContinue Reading

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11486884 It is a causal factor in 60 diseases and injuries, and a contributing factor in 200 more, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, alcoholic liver disease, respiratory diseases and pancreatitis. What may be more surprising is alcohol’s link with cancer. For the past 27 years, alcohol has been recognised as aContinue Reading