Cocaine Use and Heart Attack

Heart attack is the common name for a disruption of the normal supply of blood flowing to any given portion of the heart muscle; doctors and researchers refer to the condition more formally as a myocardial infarction. Without its required supply of oxygen-bearing blood, the heart muscle will die off quickly, producing a situation that…

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) for Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline personality disorder is a mental illness that is characterized by the inability to control strong negative feelings or impulses that often result in destruction of, or interference with, interpersonal relationships. People with borderline personality disorder lack the ability to let things roll off their backs and often experience unwarranted paranoia and jealousy. People on…

Can the Runner’s High Be Dangerous?

When people think about addiction, drugs, alcohol or such impulsive activities as gambling often come to mind. Illicit drugs are commonly considered to be risky in any quantity, while substances like alcohol and prescription drugs are not necessarily inherently dangerous, but can be harmful if used incorrectly or to excess. Gambling can be regarded in…

Experiment on Twins Finds Pre-Teen Years Key in Preventing Drug Abuse

Researchers have known for some time that people who display impulsive behaviors and focus on short-term rewards have significantly higher chances of becoming substance abusers than those who control their short-term impulses and focus on long-term rewards. Teenagers exhibit this tendency just as much as adults, if not more so. Current evidence indicates that both…