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Substance-related disorders, addiction and impulse control

Section edited by Morten Hesse

This section encompasses a range of substance related conditions, alongside addiction and impulse control. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, problem/pathological gambling, substance abuse, alcohol and drug disorders, impulsive and antisocial behaviors, cannabis disorders and behavioral economics.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    Substance use disorders are a major contributor to the economic and healthcare burden in Australia. Therapeutic communities (TCs) are utilised treatment methods globally, though low program completion rates co...

    Authors: Tarran Prangley, Sabrina Winona Pit, Trent Rees and Jessica Nealon

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:301

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    Substance use amongst university students is a recognized problem worldwide. Few studies have been carried out in this group in Botswana. These studies have been mostly limited to the use of alcohol and tobacc...

    Authors: Anthony A. Olashore, Olorunfemi Ogunwobi, Eden Totego and Philip R. Opondo

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:270

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Substance use disorders are a major cause of health and social problems worldwide. Research evidence shows a strong graded relationship of adverse childhood experiences and substance use in adulthood. This stu...

    Authors: Sarah Kanana Kiburi, Keneilwe Molebatsi, Anne Obondo and Mary W. Kuria

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:197

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  4. Content type: Research article

    In 2013, an Integrated Care Pathway (ICP) for concurrent Major Depressive (MDD) and Alcohol Use (AUD) Disorders was developed at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The...

    Authors: Andriy V. Samokhvalov, Charlotte Probst, Saima Awan, Tony P. George, Bernard Le Foll, Peter Voore and Jürgen Rehm

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:189

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  5. Content type: Study protocol

    High frequency repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (HF-rTMS) has gained interest as a neuromodulation treatment technique for alcohol dependence. Single sessions of HF-rTMS have consistently shown to ...

    Authors: Renée S. Schluter, Ruth J. van Holst and Anna E. Goudriaan

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:169

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  6. Content type: Study protocol

    The cannabis extract nabiximols (Sativex®) effectively supresses withdrawal symptoms and cravings in treatment resistant cannabis dependent individuals, who have high relapse rates following conventional withd...

    Authors: Anjali K. Bhardwaj, David J. Allsop, Jan Copeland, Iain S. McGregor, Adrian Dunlop, Marian Shanahan, Raimondo Bruno, Nghi Phung, Mark Montebello, Craig Sadler, Jessica Gugusheff, Melissa Jackson, Jennifer Luksza and Nicholas Lintzeris

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:140

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (DTMS) is a non-invasive method of stimulating widespread cortical areas and, presumably, deeper neural networks. The current study assessed the effects of DTMS in the tr...

    Authors: Karina Karolina Kedzior, Imke Gerkensmeier and Maria Schuchinsky

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:137

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Many studies reported the high prevalence of problematic internet use (PIU) among adolescents (13–50%), and PIU was associated with various psychiatric symptoms. In contrast, only a few studies investigated th...

    Authors: Hille T. de Vries, Takashi Nakamae, Kenji Fukui, Damiaan Denys and Jin Narumoto

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:9

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Approximately 3% of people receiving opioid substitution therapy (OST) in the UK manage to achieve abstinence from prescribed and illicit drugs within three years of commencing treatment. Involvement of famili...

    Authors: Ed Day, Alex Copello, Jennifer L. Seddon, Marilyn Christie, Deborah Bamber, Charlotte Powell, Carmel Bennett, Shabana Akhtar, Sanju George, Andrew Ball, Emma Frew, Ilias Goranitis and Nick Freemantle

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2018 18:8

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  10. Content type: Research article

    The aim of this study was to compare sociodemographic characteristics, patterns of drug use, and risky sexual behaviour among female and male users of crack cocaine.

    Authors: Rafael Alves Guimarães, Vivianne de Oliveira Landgraf de Castro, Sandra Maria do Valle Leone de Oliveira, Andréa Cristina Stabile, Ana Rita Coimbra Motta-Castro, Megmar Aparecida dos Santos Carneiro, Lyriane Apolinário Araujo, Karlla Antonieta Amorim Caetano, Marcos André de Matos and Sheila Araujo Teles

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:412

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Adolescent suicidal behavior may consist of different symptoms, including suicidal ideation, suicidal planning and suicidal attempts. Adolescent substance use behavior may contribute to adolescent suicidal beh...

    Authors: Peng-Wei Wang and Cheng-Fang Yen

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:392

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Anger and aggression have been developing notably in societies, especially among patients depending on substance abuse. Therefore, this study aimed to investigate the effect of anger management based on group ...

    Authors: Ladan Zarshenas, Mehdi Baneshi, Farkhondeh Sharif and Ebrahim Moghimi Sarani

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:375

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Little research has examined the potential protective influence of religiosity against problem gambling; a common addictive behavior, and one with a host of associated negative health and social outcomes. The ...

    Authors: Seema Mutti-Packer, David C. Hodgins, Robert J. Williams and Barna Konkolÿ Thege

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:356

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  14. Content type: Research article

    A randomized controlled study (RCT) recently showed that short-term heart rate variability (HRV) biofeedback in addition to standard rehabilitation care for alcohol dependence can reduce craving, anxiety and i...

    Authors: Ana Isabel Penzlin, Kristian Barlinn, Ben Min-Woo Illigens, Kerstin Weidner, Martin Siepmann and Timo Siepmann

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:325

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  15. Content type: Research article

    This study examined how alcohol use disorder (AUD) patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) differed from those without PTSD in terms of demography, drinking patterns and C-reactive protein, inflamm...

    Authors: Sudan Prasad Neupane, Jørgen G. Bramness and Lars Lien

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:312

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  16. Content type: Research article

    To analyze, in a multilevel context, the impact of individual-level relationship satisfaction on couples’ mean reports of aggression and agreement about acts of physical and psychological aggression.

    Authors: José Luis Graña, María Luisa Cuenca and Natalia Redondo

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:295

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  17. Content type: Research article

    People with severe mental ill health are more likely to smoke than those in the general population. It is therefore important that effective smoking cessation strategies are used to help people with severe men...

    Authors: Emily Peckham, Sally Brabyn, Liz Cook, Garry Tew and Simon Gilbody

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:252

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Polydrug abuse is a known problem among opioid-dependent patients receiving opioid maintenance treatment (OMT). However, improved laboratory diagnostics is required to reveal polydrug abuse in its current scop...

    Authors: Pertti Kalevi Heikman, Leea Hellevi Muhonen and Ilkka Antero Ojanperä

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:245

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Families have an important role supporting a family member with problematic substance use (PSU), although this can often be challenging and confronting. Previous research has identified high rates of family ag...

    Authors: Terence V. McCann, Dan I. Lubman, Gayelene Boardman and Mollie Flood

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:209

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Prolonged Internet use is often associated with reduced social involvement and comorbid psychopathologies, including depression, anxiety, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and obsessive–compulsive diso...

    Authors: Roseline Kim Fong Yong, Akiomi Inoue and Norito Kawakami

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:201

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  21. Content type: Research article

    A large proportion of individuals with alcohol problems do not seek psychological treatment, but access to such treatment could potentially be increased by delivering it over the Internet. Cognitive behavior t...

    Authors: Christopher Sundström, Martin Kraepelien, Niels Eék, Claudia Fahlke, Viktor Kaldo and Anne H. Berman

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:197

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  22. Content type: Study protocol

    The automatic tendency to attend to and focus on substance-related cues in the environment (attentional bias), has been found to contribute to the persistence of addiction. Attentional bias modification (ABM) ...

    Authors: Janika Heitmann, Madelon E. van Hemel-Ruiter, Karin M. Vermeulen, Brian D. Ostafin, Colin MacLeod, Reinout W. Wiers, Laura DeFuentes-Merillas, Martine Fledderus, Wiebren Markus and Peter J. de Jong

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:193

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Published diagnostic questionnaires for gambling disorder in German are either based on DSM-III criteria or focus on aspects other than life time prevalence. This study was designed to assess the usability of ...

    Authors: Martin Wejbera, Kai W. Müller, Jan Becker and Manfred E. Beutel

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:188

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Excessive alcohol use has been associated with health, social and legal problems. Alcohol-related problems have been studied primarily in problem-drinker patients, with few studies on their family members, par...

    Authors: Chen-Chun Lin, Yun-Fang Tsai, Wen-Ling Yeh, Jung-Ta Kao and Ching-Yen Chen

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:189

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  25. Content type: Research article

    There is little research of psychiatric comorbidity differences among people with different types of drug dependence in Chinese population. We explored demographic and comorbid psychiatric differences among me...

    Authors: Huixi Dong, Mei Yang, Liang Liu, Chenxi Zhang, Mengqi Liu, Yidong Shen, Huanzhong Liu and Wei Hao

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:183

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Studies on alcohol consumption in rural areas in sub-Saharan Africa are scarce. This study aimed to determine the prevalence and determinants of alcohol consumption in rural western Kenya. The study was conduc...

    Authors: Risa Takahashi, Calistus Wilunda, Karani Magutah, Wanja Mwaura-Tenambergen, Boniface Wilunda and Usaneya Perngparn

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:175

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  27. Content type: Research article

    The aim of this study was to systematically summarize knowledge on the association between exposure to interpersonal trauma and addictive behaviors. Extant reviews on this association focused on a restricted r...

    Authors: Barna Konkolÿ Thege, Lewis Horwood, Linda Slater, Maria C. Tan, David C. Hodgins and T. Cameron Wild

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:164

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  28. Content type: Study protocol

    Alcohol use disorder and depression occur commonly in the community. Even though this high-prevalence comorbidity is associated with poorer posttreatment outcomes and greater utilization of costly treatment se...

    Authors: Alena Becker, Anna M. Ehret and Peter Kirsch

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:153

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Recently, khat chewing has become a common practice among high school, college, and university students. Regular khat chewing is thought to be a predisposing factor for different physical and mental health pro...

    Authors: Tilahun Abdeta, Daniel Tolessa, Kristina Adorjan and Mubarek Abera

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:142

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  30. Content type: Study protocol

    Smoking is an important risk factor for mental health-related problems. Numerous studies have supported a bi-directional association between cigarette smoking and depression. Despite the advances in understand...

    Authors: Elisardo Becoña, Carmela Martínez-Vispo, Carmen Senra, Ana López-Durán, Rubén Rodríguez-Cano and Elena Fernández del Río

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:134

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Responsible gambling (RG) is defined as gambling for pleasure and entertainment but with an awareness of the likelihood of losing, an understanding of the associated risks and the ability to exercise control o...

    Authors: Mythily Subramaniam, Pratika Satghare, Janhavi A. Vaingankar, Louisa Picco, Colette J. Browning, Siow Ann Chong and Shane A. Thomas

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:124

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  32. Content type: Study protocol

    Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an evidence-based treatment for PTSD. However, it is unclear whether EMDR shows the same effectiveness in patients with substance use disorders (SUD) and...

    Authors: Ingo Schäfer, Laycen Chuey-Ferrer, Arne Hofmann, Peter Lieberman, Günter Mainusch and Annett Lotzin

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:95

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Patient experiences are an important aspect of health care quality, but there is a lack of validated instruments for their measurement in the substance dependence literature. A new questionnaire to measure inp...

    Authors: Mona Haugum, Hilde Hestad Iversen, Oyvind Bjertnaes and Anne Karin Lindahl

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:73

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Despite clinical practice guidelines recommending the routine provision of nicotine dependence treatment to smokers in inpatient psychiatric facilities, the prevalence of such treatment provision is low. The a...

    Authors: Paula M. Wye, Emily A. Stockings, Jenny A. Bowman, Chris Oldmeadow and John H. Wiggers

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:56

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  35. Content type: Study protocol

    Interventions for alcohol use disorders (AUDs) in HIV infected individuals have been primarily targeted at HIV risk reduction and improved antiretroviral treatment adherence. However, reduction in alcohol use ...

    Authors: Munyaradzi Madhombiro, Bazondlile Dube-Marimbe, Michelle Dube, Dixon Chibanda, Moleen Zunza, Simbarashe Rusakaniko, David Stewart and Soraya Seedat

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2017 17:44

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  36. Content type: Study protocol

    Onset of alcohol use by 14 relative to 21 years of age strongly predicts elevated risk for severe alcohol use problems, with 27% versus 4% of individuals exhibiting alcohol dependence within 10 years of onset....

    Authors: Josiane Bourque, Travis E. Baker, Alain Dagher, Alan C. Evans, Hugh Garavan, Marco Leyton, Jean R. Séguin, Robert Pihl and Patricia J. Conrod

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2016 16:445

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  37. Content type: Study protocol

    The treatment of methamphetamine dependence is a continuing global health problem. Agonist type pharmacotherapies have been used successfully to treat opioid and nicotine dependence and are being studied for t...

    Authors: Nadine Ezard, Adrian Dunlop, Brendan Clifford, Raimondo Bruno, Andrew Carr, Alexandra Bissaker and Nicholas Lintzeris

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2016 16:428

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Smartphones are becoming a daily necessity for most undergraduates in Mainland China. Because the present scenario of problematic smartphone use (PSU) is largely unexplored, in the current study we aimed to es...

    Authors: Jiang Long, Tie-Qiao Liu, Yan-Hui Liao, Chang Qi, Hao-Yu He, Shu-Bao Chen and Joël Billieux

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2016 16:408

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  39. Content type: Research article

    This study examines sex differences in substance use and substance use disorder in the acute psychiatric department, and possible interactions between sex and clinical and social factors associated with this p...

    Authors: Torill Vassli Sallaup, Arne Einar Vaaler, Valentina Cabral Iversen and Ismail Cuneyt Guzey

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2016 16:406

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  40. Content type: Case report

    Opioids are good painkillers, but many patients treated with opioids as painkillers developed a secondary addiction. These patients need to stop misusing opioids, but the mild-to-severe clinical symptoms assoc...

    Authors: Laurence Lalanne, Chloe Nicot, Jean-Philippe Lang, Gilles Bertschy and Eric Salvat

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2016 16:395

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  41. Content type: Research article

    The World Health Organization (WHO) recommend the tailoring of a brief intervention (BI) programme of research to ensure that it is both culturally and contextually appropriate for the country and the environm...

    Authors: Catherine Darker, Brion Sweeney, Eamon Keenan, Lucy Whiston, Rolande Anderson and Joe Barry

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2016 16:373

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  42. Content type: Research article

    The burden of substance misuse in developing countries is large and increasing, with negative consequences for physical and psychological health. Substance use disorders and psychological distress commonly co-...

    Authors: Bishal Gyawali, Bishnu P. Choulagai, Damaru Prasad Paneru, Meraj Ahmad, Anja Leppin and Per Kallestrup

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2016 16:314

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Psychosis can be associated with acute recreational drug and novel psychoactive substance (NPS) toxicity. However, there is limited data available on how common this is and which drugs are most frequently impl...

    Authors: Odd Martin Vallersnes, Alison M. Dines, David M. Wood, Christopher Yates, Fridtjof Heyerdahl, Knut Erik Hovda, Isabelle Giraudon and Paul I. Dargan

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2016 16:293

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Psychiatry 2016 16:405

  44. Content type: Research article

    Substance use disorders are associated with unemployment. An employment-focused case management (CMRE) has been conceptualised as a specific intervention to help substance use disorder patients return to compe...

    Authors: Susanne Saal, Lukas Forschner, Dietmar Kemmann, Jacqueline Zlatosch and Thomas W. Kallert

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2016 16:279

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Nonmedical prescription drug use (NMPDU) refers to the self-treatment of a medical condition using medication without a prescriber’s authorization as well as use to achieve euphoric states. This article report...

    Authors: Scott P. Novak, Anders Håkansson, Jose Martinez-Raga, Jens Reimer, Karol Krotki and Sajan Varughese

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2016 16:274

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  46. Content type: Study protocol

    Individuals with Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) have disruptions in the brain’s dopaminergic (DA) system and the functioning of its target neural substrates (striatum and prefrontal cortex). These substrates a...

    Authors: S. Y. Young, Y. Delevoye-Turrell, J. J. J. van Hoof, A. E. Goudriaan and S. Seedat

    Citation: BMC Psychiatry 2016 16:273

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