Social isolation can trigger sugar and cigarette cravings, but socialising may offer relief, a study in rats has shown.
Being in love. It can take the shape of a long-term intimate partnership, or become an obsessive source of emotional excitement and distraction. When does being in love become similar to addiction, and can you be addicted to it?
UNSW researchers have identified new brain pathways linked to addiction and shown that by manipulating them, drug seeking behaviour and motivation for alcohol can be reduced.
People from different walks of life use painkillers for non-medical reasons, write Stephen Tomsen and Kev Dertadian.
UNSW and the University of Sydney have announced an historic medical research partnership to help tackle two of the biggest challenges of our time – mental illness and addiction.
A world-first study has revealed a breakthrough for dependent cannabis users, with a medication providing significant relief from withdrawal symptoms.
Many of the 6 million children diagnosed with ADHD in the US have been prescribed amphetamines as a treatment, which can lead to addiction and overdose, warn Pieter Cohen and Nicolas Rasmussen.
Recent advances in deep brain stimulation have brought relief to patients with a range of neurological disorders, writes Dr Amy Reichelt.
The Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Mr Antonio-Maria Costa, has given an address at UNSW, suggesting that the world drug problem is being contained.