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Is Text Messaging the Newest Cure for Addiction?

It turns out suffers from alcohol dependency might be able to kick the habit by doing what comes natural… texting. Yup, a new study has found actual evidence that there may be a health benefit to text messaging.

Research with young problem drinkers found those who sent and received weekly text messages tracking their alcohol consumption drank less at the end of the 12-week program than they did at the beginning.

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Video Gamers Have Bigger Brains, Study Says

Video games have a place in my spice rack of life.  I've been gaming for over 30 years.  A new study says I got a big brain.

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Fatty and Sugary Foods May Be as Addictive as Cocaine and Cigarettes

There is a growing body of evidence suggesting fatty and sugary foods rewire the brain in the same way drugs like cocaine and nicotine do, leading to addiction.

In recent studies, lab animals who have been fed a diet of sugary and fatty snacks show the classic signs of addiction, and brain scans of obese humans show the same disturbances in their reward circuits as the brains that are found in drug addicts.

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Addiction Vaccines Will Potentially Cure Nicotine and Drug Dependencies

Scientists in San Diego are developing new vaccines that will potentially cure addictions, allowing cigarette and drug abusers to kick their habits with a simple injection.

Dr. Kim D. Janda, a Scripps Research Institute professor, is one of the leading experts, having made addiction vaccines his main priority for the past 25 years. “We view this as an alternative or better way for some people,” he tells The New York Times in reference to rehab programs.

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The Face Of Addiction In The Texas Panhandle – Prescription & Alcohol Addiction [SERIES]

Addiction in the United States is still a huge problem and kills over 500,000 people each year. Some people think that the addiction epidemic has not reached the smaller communities like Amarillo, but it has. As someone who is a recovering addict, I know all to well exactly how devastating the effects of drug use are.

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