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What’s New – April. 2014

- Study Links Casual Marijuana Use to Changes in Brain.




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Drugs and Trends




Adolescent Development

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Articles on the “disease model” of addiction:
“Neuroscience and Addiction” from the Addiction Technology Transfer Center, August 2013.

“Cocaine and the Teen Brain: New Insights Into Addiction” in Science Daily, February 2012.

“Addiction: A Fault of Chemistry” by Cassie Rosenberg in Scientific American, August 2011.

“Addiction: Beyond Dopamine Reward Circuitry” (pdf) by Nora D. Volkow, Gene-Jack Wang, Joanna S. Fowler, Dardo Tomasib, and Frank Telangb. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, November 2010. 

“A Long Lasting Impression: New Study Finds Persistent Brain Changes in Response to Cocaine Depend on the Expectation of Reward” (NIDA press release, July 2008.)

“The Addicted Human Brain: Insights From Imaging Studies” by Nora D. Volkow, Joanna S. Fowler and Gene-Jack Wang. J. Clin. Invest. 111(10): 1444-1451 (2003)

Genetics of Addiction:
“Adolescence: When Drinking and Genes Collide” from the Addiction Technology Transfer Center  Network, November 2013.

“Common Genetic Contributions to Alcohol and Cannabis Use and Dependence Symptomatology” Carolyn E. Sartor et al. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research Volume: March 2010; 34(3):545-554.

“The Genetics of Addiction” Claudia Wallis, in Fortune Magazine, October 2009.

Articles reporting the incidence and prevalence of substance use:

“American teens more cautious about using synthetic drugs” (pdf.) Monitoring The Future 2013 press release.

“One in ten teens using ‘study drugs,’ but are parents paying attention?” report from CS Mott Children’s Hospital, University of Michigan, May 2013.

“Results from the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of National Findings” published September 2013 (SAMHSA.)

“Full Report and Key Findings: The 2012 Partnership Attitude Tracking Study” report of the Partnership Attitude Tracking Survey, published April 2013.

“Community Focus: Substance Abuse Indicators in Livingston and Washtenaw Counties” (pdf.) January 2011. Important data on youth substance use in Livingston and Washtenaw Counties (Michigan) along with useful information on substance abuse prevention and other concerns.


Articles on risk and propensity factors for substance use and substance use disorders:
“Use of Alcohol, Cigarettes, and Marijuana Before Age 16 Associated with Higher Rates of Substance Use Dependence” (PDF) CESAR Fax, February 2014.

“Large Study Shows Substance Abuse Rates Higher in Teenagers With ADHD” reported in Science Daily, February 2013.

“Bad environment Augments Genetic Risk for Drug Abuse” study from Virginia Commonwealth University, published March 2012.

“Evidence for an Interaction Between Age at First Drink and Genetic Influences on DSM-IV Alcohol Dependence Symptoms” Arpana Agrawal et al. From Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. September 2009.

“Cannabis use and later life outcomes” D.M. Fergusson and Boden J.M. Addiction; 2008 Jun;103(6):969-76.

“Abuse Of Painkillers Can Predispose Adolescents To Lifelong Addiction” (article in Science Daily, September 2008.)

“Drinking Alcohol Before 15 Years of Age is Risky for Later Alcohol Problems” (Addiction Technology Transfer Center report, December 2008.)

Articles on substance abuse screening and assessment:
“Why Treating Teens For Substance Abuse Matters” from Reclaiming Futures blog by Benjamin Chambers, June 2011.

Articles about treatment for chemical dependency:
“Young Adults Need Guidance to Help Break Addictions” reported in Psych Central, October 2011.

“Stigma Keeps Alcoholics From Treatment” summarized in UPI.com, December 2010.

“Predicting Non-Response to Juvenile Drug Court Interventions” Abstract from Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, September 2010.

 “Study Finds Adolescents Undertreated For Addiction” March 2009 CADCA summary.

“At Addiction Centers, Longer Treatment Programs are Proving Key to Ending the Relapse-Rehab Cycle” by Shari Roan in the Los Angeles Times, November 2008.

Articles about recovery from chemical dependency:

“Frequent Involvement in Spiritual Activities Helps Drug and Alcohol Treatment: Study” from The Partnership at DrugFree.org.

“Collegiate Recovery Communities Programs: What do we know and what do we need to know?” by Alexandre Laudet et. al, March 2014.

“Recovery in the Wind” by William White.

“Students in Recovery” from Inside Higher Ed, July 2011.

“Life In Recovery: Report on the Survey Findings” first nationwide survey of persons in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs by Faces and Voices of Recovery, April 2013.

“Youth's Addiction Recovery Predicted With AA-Related Helping Tool” research report from Case Western Reserve, reported in MedicalXPress.com, February 2013.

“12-Step Meetings May Help Teens Beat Alcohol, Drug Abuse” published in HealthDay News, April 2012.

“Peer Support in Drug & Alcohol Recovery: An Interview with Greg Williams” from The Prevention Researcher, 2011.

“Youth In Recovery” by John De Miranda, Ed.M., and Greg Williams, BA, published in The Prevention Researcher, 18(2), April 2011.

“How A.A. and N.A. work” summary in Dawn Farm’s blog of an article in Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, Volume 29, Issue 1 2011, Pages 75 - 84.

“Widening the Door of Entry to Recovery for Young People” (pdf.) Report on the “Young People’s Networking Dialogue on Recovery” convened by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) December 2010.

“Treating The Addiction Isn’t Enough” from the Phoenix House blog, June 2010.

“Recovery is Contagious” closing of the keynote address at the NorthEast Treatment Centers (NET) Consumer Council Recognition Dinner, by William White, April 2010.

“A Review of Alcoholics Anonymous/ Narcotics Anonymous Programs for Teens” (abstract) Steve Sussman; Evaluation and the Health Professions On Line; 2010; 33: 26-55.

“How Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) Work: Cross-disciplinary Perspectives” Conference held on September 25, 2009 at University of Michigan. (Includes videos of the sessions.)

“Guiding Principles and Elements of Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care: What Do We Know From The Research?” (pdf.) August 2009 SAMHSA white paper citing over 500 researchers and their studies.

“Recovery Management and Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care: Scientific Rationale and Promising Practices” (pdf.) Monograph by William L. White, 2008.

Articles about co-occurring chemical dependency and mental health problems:
“No Link Seen Between Child Stimulant Use and Later Drug Abuse” Alan Schwartz, New York Times, May 213.

“Tests of Causal Links Between Alcohol Abuse or Dependence and Major Depression” David M. Fergusson et al; Archives of General Psychiatry; 2009;66(3):260-266. (summary.)

“Co-morbidity of Alcohol and Substance Dependence with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder” Martin D. Ohlmeier et al. Alcohol and Alcoholism 2008; 43(3):300-304.

Articles about effective substance abuse prevention and early intervention:

“Report to Congress on the Prevention and Reduction of Underage Drinking 2013” SAMHSA, December 2013.

“Evaluation of timing and dosage of a parent-based intervention to minimize college students' alcohol consumption” J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2013 Jan;74(1):30-40.

“Report to Congress on the Prevention and Reduction of Underage Drinking” (pdf) November 2012. U.S Department of Health and Human Services.

“Prevention Efforts Focused on Youth Reduce Prescription Abuse into Adulthood” NIDA research summary, February 2013.

“New Study Shows Ways Communities Can Reduce College-Age Binge Drinking” summary by CADCA, July 2012.

“An Examination of the Mediational Effects of Cognitive and Attitudinal Factors of a Parent Intervention to Reduce College Drinking” published October 211.

“Teens Have Fewer Behavioral Issues When Parents Stay Involved” published in Science Daily, January 2012.

“New Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program Proven Successful in Helping Parents Talk with Their Kids” from the Partnership at DrugFree.org, September 2011.

“How To Dispose of Unused Medicines” (pdf,) FDA, April 2011. 

“A Teen’s Friends are a Powerful Influence” published in the Los Angeles Times, April 2011.

“College Parties, Minus the Beer Binges” in the February 2011 Wall Street Journal.

“Parenting Style Influences Teens Drinking Patterns” from the LA Times, June 2010,

“NIDA Study Shows School-Based Prevention Program Reduces Problem Behaviors in Fifth Graders By Half” National Institute of Health (NIH) release, June 2009.

“Marijuana Initiation Among American Youth and Its Risks as Dynamic Processes: Prospective Findings from a National Longitudinal Study” Tang, Z.,& Orwin, R.G. (2009) Substance Use & Misuse, 44(2), 195-211.

Articles about drinking and other drug use and effects:

“Study Links Casual Marijuana Use to Changes in Brain” Health Day, April 2014.

“Persistent cannabis users show neuropsychological decline from childhood to midlife” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, October 2012.

“New Insights on College Drinking” by Anna Miller, American Psychological Association; October 2013.

“Binge Drinking and Alcohol Poisoning in the Adolescent Population” by Theresa Ringenberg et al, www.uspharmacist.com, May 2013.

“Study: Marijuana use increases risk of academic problems” in USA today, June 2013.

“America’s Dropout Crisis: The Unrecognized Connection To Adolescent Substance Use” (pdf)  report from the Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc., March 2013. (Brief commentary here.)

“Teen Drinkers May Feel Like Social Outcasts: Study” In HealthDay, June 2012.

“Friends' Parents Can Sway Teens' Odds for Drinking, Smoking” published in Health Day, May 2012.

“Adolescent Binge Drinking Can Damage Memory” summarized by the Addiction Technology Transfer Center, October 2011.

“Teens Who Drink with Adult Supervision Have More Drinking Problems, Study Finds” from the newsroom at The Partnership at Drugfree.org, April 2011.

“Problem Teen Drinking Is Not Just A Phase”  reported by CNN, February 2011.

“Heavy Drinking Suggests Serious Detrimental Effects on Teens Developing Minds” summary from the Addiction Technology Transfer Center of research results reported in the January 2011 issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.

“CDC: Binge Drinking ‘Huge U.S. Health Problem’” reported in Web MD Health News, October 2010.

“Teens Who Drink With Parents May Still Develop Alcohol Problems” January 2010 CADCA summary of research published in Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

“A Developmental Perspective on Underage Alcohol Use” (pdf.) Ann S. Masten, Ph.D.; Vivian B. Faden, Ph.D.; Robert A. Zucker, Ph.D.; and Linda P. Spear, Ph.D. Alcohol Research and Health, 2009; 32(1):3015.

“Binge Drinking Affects Attentional and Visual Working Memory Processing in Young University Students” Crego, Alberto et al. Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, August 2009. 

“Altered White Matter Integrity in Adolescent Binge Drinkers” Tim McQueeny et al., Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, April 2009 (reported in Science Daily.)

“The Neurocognitive Effects of Alcohol on Adolescents and College Students” Zeigler DW, Wang CC, Yoast RA, et al. Preventive Medicine 2005;40(1):23-32.

Articles about alcohol and other drugs and trends:
“Why heroin is spreading in America's suburbs” Christian Science Monitor, March 2014.

“Protect Your Teen From Dangerous Dark Net Drugs” by Sedgrid Lewis, Huffington Post, December 2013.

“Experts: Energy drinks, alcohol and teens shouldn't mix” by Michelle Castillo, CBS News, February 2013.

“Marijuana’s Lasting Effects on the Brain” by Nora Volkow, NIDA blog, January 2013.

“Risky Rise of the Good Grade Pill” by Alan Schwarz, New York Times, June 2012.

“Marijuana Use May Double the Risk of Accidents for Drivers, Study Finds” published in Science Daily, October 2011.

“Alcohol Dulls Brain 'Alarm' That Monitors Mistakes, Study Finds” published in Science Daily, September 2011.

“Misuse of Pain Medication Is Pathway to High-Risk Behaviors, Study Finds” published in Science Daily, June 2011.

“Chronic Pot Smoking Affects Brain Chemistry, Scans Show” published in Health Day; June 2011.

“Synthetic drugs send thousands to ER” from the Associated Press, April 2011.

“Action Needed to Reduce Health Impact of Harmful Alcohol Use” World Health Organization Media Centre report, March 2011.

“Teen brain more prone to drug, alcohol damage” reported in CNN Health, November 2010. 

“Associations between Marijuana Use During Emerging Adulthood and Aspects of the Significant Other Relationship in Young Adulthood” Judith S. Brook et. al, Journal of Child and Family Studies, May 2007.

“Neuropsychological Functioning in Adolescent Marijuana Users: Subtle Deficits Detectable After a Month of Abstinence” by Krista Lisdahl Medina et al; Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society (2007), 13 : 807-820

Articles about smoking and tobacco issues:
“Non-Daily Use of Tobacco Can Trigger Nicotine Dependency Among Adolescents” report in The Medical News summarizing an article in Pediatrics by Dr. Chyke Doubeni, May 2010.

“Parental Smoking and Adolescent Smoking Initiation: An Intergenerational Perspective on Tobacco Control” by Stephen E. Gilman et al., in Pediatrics, February 2009.

“Struggling With Alcohol? Better Quit Smoking, Too” from HealthDay News, October 2008.

“In Adolescents, Addiction to Tobacco Comes Easy” by Jane E. Brody in the New York Times, February 2008.

Articles and videos about advocacy and policy related to alcohol and other drugs:
Video trailer for “The Anonymous People,” 2013.

“Addiction: White House Seeks “Third Way” :  Policy Emphasizes Prevention, Treatment, Recovery” published in JAMA, June 2013.

“William White Papers” has links to many articles written by William White on addiction and recovery advocacy and policy.

“Addiction and Segregation” essay by Dr. Tom McLellan for Partnership at DrugFree.org, April 2011.

 “Unforeseen benefits: Addiction Treatment Reduces Health Care Costs” July 2009 “white paper” from “Closing the Addiction Treatment Gap” (a program of the Open Society Institute.)

Articles and videos for or about parenting, parents and family members:

“What I Wish I Had Done Differently with My Addicted Son” from the Partnership at DrugFree.org, August 2013.

“Telling Kids About Past Drug Use Is Not A Good Idea, Study Says” published in the Huffington Post, February 2013.

“The Parents360 Rx Video” from the Partnership at DrugFree.org, September 2012.

“Social Media, Teens, Parents and When to Friend” by Janice D’Arcy in the Washington Post, November 2011.

“Teen Privacy: When To Cross The Line” by Joanne Barker for Web MD, June 2011.

"Families of Youth with Substance Use Disorders: A National Dialogue” (pdf.) Report from the CSAT/SAMHSA National Family Dialogue March 27–28, 2009.


Articles about Preteens, Teenagers and Adolescent Development:

“Tweens At Critical Time for Smoking, Drinking” published on PsyCentral, March 2012.

“What's Wrong With the Teenage Mind?” published in The Wall Street Journal, January 2012.

“Teens Who Express Own Views with Mom Resist Peer Pressures Best” Science News, December 2011.

“Why Teens are Wired for Risk” CNN, October 2011.

“The New Science of the Teenage Brain” by David Dobbs in the October 2011 National Geographic.

Articles and videos sharing personal and family stories:
“Addictions don’t discriminate” by Carly Keyes, Michigan Daily November 2013.

“Beautiful Boy: More than an Addict” produced by the family of Nick Contopulos, 2013.

“Stop Student Suicide...We Can All Change The Story” video from the University of Michigan Counseling and Psychological Services, August 2013.

“Hooked on heroin” from CBS News, August 2013.

“Waiting for an addict to hit bottom is a death sentence, say Moyers and Scheff” Minnesota Public Radio, June 2013.

“Ending the Secrecy of a Child’s Addiction” by Bill Williams, New York Times blog, May 2013.

“Mark and Ryan’s Story” from a dad who lost his son to opiate addiction.

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