Addiction

Cutting-edge research and expert information on addiction, including strategies for recovery and advice for loved ones.

How Alcoholism Led to a Diabetes Diagnosis

Chronic alcohol use is a risk factor for type 2 diabetes. Here's the story of James Cato Ferguson, whose heavy drinking caused his diabetes.

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From a Doctor's Perspective: The Opioid Crisis in the Office Setting

The opioid crisis has changed the way we think about pain. Addictions typically associated with street drugs now often start in the doctor’s office.

By Eli Hendel, M.D.

Reasons for Overprescribing Opioids: What a Doctor Wants You to Know

New measures have been developed to limit unnecessary opioid prescriptions but will how successful will they be?

By Eli Hendel, M.D.

Hospitalizations in Homeless Americans Are Rising

In the U.S., an estimated 553,000 people per night are homeless. Among this population, hospitalizations are on the rise, according to a December 2018 study in Medical Care.

By Lara DeSanto

Opioids: Physical Dependence vs. Addiction

The terms "addiction" and "physical dependence" are not interchangeable, even though they're often used that way. Learn the difference.

By Stephanie Stephens

Gaming Addiction: Understanding This Modern Diagnosis

Gaming addiction is real and troubling. So why isn’t it included in the DSM-V? Learn more about the disorder: its history, symptoms, and treatment options.

By Amy Hendel, P.A.

New Generic Drug Could Improve Treatment for Opioid Dependence

The approved the first generic versions of Suboxone (buprenorphine and naloxone) sublingual film for the treatment of opioid dependence to improve access to these medications for people who need them.

By Diane Domina

One Brand of Opioid Overdose Antidote Naloxone Is Recalled

Hospira is recalling two lots of naloxone – an antidote for opioid overdose – because of the possible presence of particulate matter on the syringe plunger.

By Bethany Hoffman

How much do you know about alcohol and your health?

Are you at risk for misusing alcohol? Take this health quiz to find out!

By Kathleen Maio

How to Treat Insomnia When You Live with an Alcohol Use Disorder

Half of all patients report disturbed sleep during alcohol withdrawal. Here are some treatment options that may help.

By Martin Reed

The Link Between Sleep, Problem Gambling and Self-Control

Greater sleep difficulties were associated with lower self-regulatory behavior and in some cases a high score for problem gambling.

By Martin Reed

Meet the Experts

Martin Reed

Patient Expert

Martin is the owner of Insomnia Coach and is passionate about sleep. He has been writing for HealthCentral since 2014.

Eileen Bailey

Health Writer

Eileen Bailey is an award-winner author of six books on health and parenting. She specializes in ADHD, Anxiety, Sexual Health, Skin Care, Psoriasis and Skin Cancer.

Patrick Chatfield

Editor

Patrick Chatfield is a digital editor at HealthCentral.com. He’s the assigning editor for Heart Health, Diabetes, Obesity, Respiratory Health, and Infectious Diseases.

Martin Reed

Patient Expert

Martin is the owner of Insomnia Coach and is passionate about sleep. He has been writing for HealthCentral since 2014.