Editor note: Addiction and Therapy

Editor note

Addiction and Therapy

Sreerop Rami Reddy1* Ph.D

1School of Biosciences and Technology, VIT University, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

*Corresponding author: Sreerop Rami Reddy, School of Biosciences and Technology, VIT University, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

Jacobs Journal of Addiction and Therapy is a broad-based Open Access journal covering all aspects of clinical research and addiction therapy. The journal publishes all the latest and outstanding research related to the prevention and treatment of alcohol addiction, tobacco, and other drug use across the spectrum of clinical field. Addiction Therapy and Clinical Research is committed to publish information related in the areas of addiction therapy and clinical medicine.

This Journal of Addiction and Therapy of Volume 1 Issue 1 publishes articles related to evaluating effects of a Tai Chi exercise intervention to treat smoking addiction and quality of life [1], Ibogaine is an effective treatment for cocaine dependence [2], presented the current treatment provision for gambling addiction in England [3], and examining whether there exists any relationship between interpersonal relationship issues and sexual preoccupation in confined sexual offenders [4].

In US, tobacco use is still the number one cause of morbidity and mortality and contributes to approximately $156 billion in annual lost productivity and approximately 480,000 deaths are attributed to smoking and tobacco use. This study by John E. Lewis et al. [1], evaluated the effect of a Tai Chi exercise intervention to treat smoking addiction and also included quality of life, self-reported stress, and physical characteristics. About eighteen regularly smoking participants were enrolled for 12-week program and attended 3 tai chi sessions per week for 3 months. The assessment was based on tobacco use and follow up based on baseline, post-program and 3-month follow-up. From results, 11 out of 12 participants reduced their level of smoking, 7 no longer smoking and at the 3-month follow-up, 3 of the 4 active participants reported no longer smoking. This finding suggest that Tai Chi is effective for helping participants either stopped smoking or reduce their smoking habit and also improves systolic blood pressure and life quality. Thus, Tai Chi may offer an alternative method for smoking cessation, while simultaneously improving other indicators of overall health status.

Cocaine dependence is one of the most prevalent of all addictive disorders, and is at rise in numbers around the globe. Pedro Luis Prior et al. [2], described cocaine dependence as a prevalent mental disorder, with no specific treatment. However, “Ibogaine” an African root extract, with evidence of treating several addictive disorders but there are very few human studies examining its efficacy in cocaine dependence. Using ANOVA tool for data comparison between groups and members of the same group analysis was performed. From preliminary results, ibogaine was observed to reduce symptoms and drug relapse. Hence, it is concluded that the Ibogaine is an effective treatment for cocaine dependence, and also, suggests more studies using larger samples are necessary in order to establish its efficacy and validity.

In this mini review Sanju George. [3], presented the current treatment provision for gambling addiction in England and its funding streams and commissioning mechanisms, and then suggested a model. Also, further discussed some strategic changes that can occur, if this new proposed model is to work well. Although the discussion here is limited to England, author reviewed that the principles discussed here might apply to other countries. Gambling affects about 360,000 and 451,000 people in Britain and further 7.3% of Britain’s adult population are deemed at risk of developing gambling problem in the future. Gamblers suffer from high rates of mental issues, personality disorders, financial losses, and crimes to fund the gambling addiction. It is also estimated that every pathological gambler directly affects family, friends and colleagues. Therefore, it is evident that it is high time to landscape the gambling treatments in England.

Sexual offending is a serious social issue that has deep negative effects on victims. Although there are now effective treatments for sexual offending. This paper by Liam E. Marshall et al. [4], aims to examine whether there exists any relationship between interpersonal relationship issues, attachment style, and sexual preoccupation in confined sexual offenders. Along with, it is necessary to examine and understand risks of reoffending and enhancing the effectiveness of treatment. Although, there are no known examinations, 145 participants underwent Sexual Addiction Screening Test and the Relationship Questionnaire. From reports, results show sexual offenders have greater problems with sexual addiction, insecure attachments and primarily suffer from a negative view of self. Implications for treatment are discussed. Author suggested that there is more of research and better understanding.

The Journal welcomes articles from all the fields related to Addiction and Therapy.

For more information: https://jacobspublishers.com/volume-1-issue-1-archive-addiction-and-therapy

Reference:

  1. John E. Lewis PhD, Jef Morris MA, Andrew R. Pangilinan BS, Lawrence Chen MBA, Eduard Tiozzo PhD, Judi M. Woolger MD and Janet Konefal PhD. A Pilot Feasibility and Acceptability Study of a Tai Chi Exercise Intervention on Smoking Cessation.
  2. Pedro Luis Prior, Sergio Luiz Prior. Ibogaine Effect on Cocaine Craving and Use in Dependent Patients – A Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Pilot Study.
  3. Sanju George. Provision of Treatment Services for Gambling Addicts in England: The Present and the Future
  4. Liam E. Marshall, Stephanie Humphries, Jennifer Roters and Alison Davis. Sexual Addiction and Adult Attachment in Incarcerated Sexual Offenders and a Matched Community Comparison Group.

 

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