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Stimulus Money Will Fund a Surge in Knowledge

NIDA Director Nora Volkow

Describes NIDA’s drug abuse and addiction research priorities for the use of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funds.

Cocaine Locks Rats Into Unrewarding Behaviors

Describes research with rats to better understand cocaine’s effect on the neural signaling in the learning circuits of the brain.

Combined Treatments Improve Dual Abstinence

Reports on a study investigating the effectiveness of a combined therapy of disulfiram and naltrexone for people who abuse cocaine and alcohol.

Program Reduces Girls' Delinquent Behavior

Reports on a study involving adolescent girls who were treated for delinquent behaviors in a well-supervised family setting, referred to as Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care.

Suiting Treatment to the Nature of the Disease

NIDA Director Nora Volkow

Highlights NIDA-sponsored research underway to understand and respond to substance abusers’ needs at all points of care, from the initial presentation for treatment through recovery.

Abstinent Smokers' Nicotinic Receptors Take More Than a Month to Normalize

Describes research revealing that for up to 6 weeks after smokers quit, their brain cells have more nicotine-binding receptors than nonsmokers, which may explain the struggle to quit.

Smokers Who Quit May Have Genetic Advantage

Describes research providing evidence that genes may influence how successful a person is in quitting smoking and which cessation technique may work best for them.

Methadone Therapy in Prison Benefits Men a Year Out

Describes clinical trial results providing evidence that methadone maintenance to men in prison can pay off in better retention in community treatment and reduced drug abuse following their release.

Patch Delivers Buprenorphine for Heroin Detox

Describes research on the effectiveness of a buprenorphine patch to alleviate opioid withdrawal symptoms of newly abstinent heroin abusers.

Most People Entering Drug Treatment Have Additional Mental Health Problems

Highlights data on the prevalence of people entering substance abuse treatment programs who also reported having at least one co-occurring mental health problem.

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