Smoking Addiction and Challenges in Treatment in Psychoses
Article Type: Perspective | First Published: April 06, 2015
Schizophrenia is a major mental illness which affects young adults. It comes with a huge burden of illness and medication compliance is an essential part of recovery. However, despite compliance, there are instances of break through symptoms and some of this has been tied to smoking. Smoking is rampant all over the world and among patients with Schizophrenia, it is inordinately high....
The Relationship between Psychoactive Drugs, the Brain and Psychosis
Sutapa Basu and Deeptanshu Basu
Article Type: Review Article | First Published: March 26, 2015
This paper explores the interaction between four psychoactive drugs, namely MDMA (Ecstasy), Cocaine, Methamphetamine and LSD, with neurotransmitters in the brain with the aim of understanding what links exist between these drugs and Psychosis. The paper aims to go beyond existing research on drugs and psychosis which has been primarily limited to cannabis (Marijuana) and psychosis. The findings and conclusions drawn show that all the drugs explored have the potential to induce psychosis in abuse...
Logistic Regression to Assess Risk Factors in Offspring from Brazilian Families with Alcohol and Drug Problems
Roberta Paya, Luca Gomes Santoro, Denise Leite Vieira and Neliana Buzi Figlie
Article Type: Research Article | First Published: March 26, 2015
A case-control study was conducted with a convenience sample; the participants were paired by sex and age. Three hundred five families with children and adolescents (4-18 years of age) were evaluated; 60% (n=183) were in the study group, and 40% (n=122) were in the control group. In the study group, 73% (n=133) of the families had fathers with drinking problems and 27% (n=50) had fathers with illicit poly-drug addiction....
Embracing Reward Deficiency Syndrome (RDS) Solution System: A Genomic Thrust
Kenneth Blum, Marcelo Febo, Zsolt Demotrovics and Rajendra D. Badgaiyan
Article Type: Editorial | First Published: February 21, 2015
The mysteries and underlying causes of addictive disorders have spawned a number of important questions which still plague researchers and treatment professionals alike. What populations are susceptible to addictive disorders based upon genetic predisposition? Why are they more susceptible than others? What considerations or adjustments must be made to care plans of certain individuals to maximize their opportunity for recovery?...