Alcohol and Addiction News Digest, December 27, 2014


Violent Crime Decreases After San Francisco Stopped Prosecuting DrugUsers
Reason (blog)
Suhr is no fan of drug legalization. He views drug addiction as a serious public health problem, a debatable assertion with its own set of dubious ...

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Drug dealer gets 10 to 20 years
News Item
The state Attorney General's Office said he was dealing drugs with a ... who claimed Picarella preyed on their drug addiction by trading heroin for sex.

Burlington Times News

Targeted treatment
Burlington Times News
Drug addiction is one of the root causes of crime and one of the greatest predictors a person will commit more crimes. Studies show as many as 80 ...

Woman Steals Guitar to Buy Food and Drugs
ABC News
Woman Steals Guitar to Buy Food and Drugs. More. Part 3: Smiley says she stole a guitar because of her drug addiction and recent life struggles.

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Alcohol and Addiction News Digest, December 20, 2014

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Drug Discovery & Development

Link found between brain chemical, drug addicts
Economic Times
Once drug use escalated and became frequent, the anti-addiction effect of ... pharmaceutical therapies to help prevent and treat drug addiction.

St. George Daily Spectrum

Recent news stories on drug busts lead to online debate
St. George Daily Spectrum
These same people also felt drug addiction should be dealt with as a health ... With drug use comes violent crime, so if we allow it to take hold in our ...

Scotland approves new drug for alcoholics (VIDEO)
Malay Mail Online
GLASGOW, Dec 6 ― Scotland is the first country to give approval to a new pill that helps patients reduce their alcohol dependency, according to a ...

Kiran Bedi suggests three-pronged strategy to PM Modi to curb drug menace
In 1986, I started seeing our youth getting trapped into drug addiction. After that we witnessed a sharp rise in the cases of crimes. All types of crimes ...

U-T San Diego

Father-and-son authors writing book on drug abuse
Town Hall
According to Houghton Mifflin, the new book will draw upon research into drugs and drug addiction to help teens and tweens make "informed ...

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No Such Thing as a Glamorous Drunk

From Johnny Depp to Hunter S Thompson: no such thing as a glamorous drunk | Film | The Guardian: ".... Today, for the first time in years, I recall that night at the Iron Horse and the mounting irritation and disappointment of the audience there. If Depp ever wanted to be Thompson, he can now tick that goal off his list. His weekend performance was arguably more authentic than the ones he gave in Fear and Loathing and The Rum Diary. His performance was a triumph; he caught the man to perfection. He was dull and confused. All that was missing was the whisk."

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Sunk Cost Bias, Meditate for 15 Minutes, Debias the Mind

We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness. We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace.

"A new study finds that just 15 minutes mindfulness meditation can help free the mind of biased thinking. The research, published in the journal Psychological Science, tested the effects of meditation on a well-established mental bias called the ‘sunk cost’ bias (Hafenbrack et al., 2013). The sunk cost bias refers to the fact that people find it difficult to give up on a goal into which they’ve already made a large investment. Even once the goal has gone stale or proven unworkable, there’s a tendency to throw good money (or effort) after bad, simply because a significant investment has already been made. “Well,” people say to themselves. “We’ve come this far…” The effects of the ‘sunk cost’ bias can be seen in public projects that go way over budget and in military campaigns which continue long after their objectives have proven unworkable... One of the strengths of meditation is that it shifts mental focus into the present moment. In comparison to a control condition, thinking mindfully doubled the number of people who could avoid the sunk cost bias." read more: Meditation Can ‘Debias’ the Mind in Only 15 Minutes — PsyBlog

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