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2015-12-10 Albania: Artificial Light and Low Carb Diet Effect on Substance Use Disorders


Artificial Light and Low Carb Diet Effect on Substance Use Disorders

Description of the project offered: 
Circadian rhythm disruption has been linked in studies to substance use disorders. Substance of abuse have been found to entrain circadian rhythms. Circadian therapy is actually used for different mental disorders like seasonal depression, sleep disorders. 
Sensory deprivation therapy is a therapy which aims sensory load minimisation through exposing the subject to a dark, quiet environment. It is practiced in isolation chambers in psychiatric wards or in flotation tanks in SPA-s. Studies have shown it to be effective for the treatment of tobacco use and it is advertised as effective against addictions. Nevertheless, the Rat Park experiment, by the Canadian psychologist, Bruce Alexander, has shown that prolonged sensory deprivation during the day may bring the opposite effect by predisposing subjects to addiction. 
Circadian rhythm disruption and stress from sensory overload, have been shown in studies to affect the diet of the exposed persons through shifting their appetite toward high calorie, high glycemic index foods like sugar, honey etc. Sugar has been shown in studies to affect the dopamine/serotonin system of reward in similar ways to substances of abuse and may predispose the subject toward abuse of other substances like alcohool etc. 
Given the above, the aim of the project is to integrate the three therapies: circadian, sensory deprivation and diet therapy and to observe the effect on substance abusers. Exposure to artificial light and noise during the night will be minimized and the subject will be asked to follow a diet without sugar, honey, artificial sweeteners, dried fruits etc.

The project is proposed under call "New therapies for chronic diseases"-H2020-SC1-2016-2017.
Project proposer:   Rita Strakosha ()
Partner role:  Project participant 
Partner organisation:  Non-governmental organisation (NGO)
Call for proposal title:  N/A 


Description of the collaboration sought: 
Universities, NGO-s working in the field of substance use disorders are targeted as partners. 
Expertise sought: Life sciences, Medicine. Health, 
Roles sought: Project participant, 
Organisation types sought: Research, Education, Non-governmental organisation (NGO), Small or medium-sized enterprise (SME), 
Countries sought: Belgium, Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Iceland, Israel, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey