Prenatal Exposure to Alcohol, Drugs and Tobbaco Affects Brain Into Adolescence

Researchers at Children’s Hospital Boston and Boston Medical Center have found that the effects of fetal exposure to alcohol, drugs and tobacco persist into early adolescence. The study used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) brain scans to the effects on brain structure into early adolescence. Participants of the study included 35 young adolescents, with an average…

Long-term Benefits Found for Women-only Substance Abuse Treatment

The Betty Ford Center‘s recent newsletter, Findings (Winter 2008), included an article on a study about women-focused substance abuse treatment. The study found that women-focused and women-only treatment groups have long-term, positive outcomes. Researchers took patients with substance use disorders and randomly assigned them to either a women-focused treatment group, called the Women’s Recovery Group,…

Anheuser-Busch, Miller Brewing Company Subpoenaed for Information About its Caffeinated Beer Products

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported yesterday that attorneys general in Maine, New York, Maryland, Arizona and Iowa have subpoenaed Anheuser-Busch and Miller Brewing Company for information about its caffeinated alcohol drinks. In the past, these same states’ AGs, with the exception of the Arizona, wrote a letter to federal authorities regarding the marketing of Anheuser-Busch’s…

VH-1’s Celebrity Rehab Show Draws Critcism from Recovery Community

An organization dedicated to changing the public’s perception of recovery from alcohol and drug addiction is asking people to speak out against the way addiction treatment and recovery is being portrayed on VH-1‘s new reality show, “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.” Faces and Voices of Recovery has written a letter to VH-1 president, Tom Calderone,…