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New Insight Into How Cues Cause Relapse to Cocaine

mayo del 2014

A brain response occurs in the nucleus accumbens when rats encounter a cue that they associate with previous cocaine self-administration, but not a cue associated with a pleasurable non-drug experience. Moreover, the response correlates in time and intensity with the animals’ cue-induced relapse to cocaine-seeking.

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New Therapy Reduces Drug Abuse Among Patients With Severe Mental Illness

junio del 2008

Describes a new intervention that enhances recovery prospects for substance abusers whose mental illness complicates the path toward recovery.

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New Tools and Strategies to Bolster Behavioral Therapy

octubre del 2010

Reports on research investigating whether certain medications might strengthen patients' understanding and memory retention.

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New Vaccines Are Being Developed Against Addiction and Relapse

diciembre del 2008

Highlights NIDA-funded research to develop vaccines against addiction to drugs such as cocaine, nicotine, phencyclidine (PCP), and methamphetamine.

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NIDA Investigator Receives 2006 Waletzky Memorial Award

abril del 2007
Announces the recipient of a 2006 award for innovation in research on drug addiction and alcoholism, Dr. Yavin Shaham, and describes his research which focused on the stress-induced drug use relapse.

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Physical Activity Reduces Return to Cocaine Seeking in Animal Tests

abril del 2012

Two independent animal studies suggest that aerobic exercise might help cocaine abusers establish and maintain abstinence.

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Program Enhances Physician Knowledge on Substance Abuse

diciembre del 2010
Reports on an evaluation of the Chief Resident Immersion Training (CRIT) program to assess its effectiveness in improving knowledge, confidence, and preparedness to diagnose, manage, and teach about substance abuse.

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Rare Glutamate Receptor Proliferates After Cocaine Withdrawal

diciembre del 2009

Reports findings that a rare neuroreceptor may be linked to the intensive cravings cocaine abusers experience during their first weeks of abstinence.

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Recovery Checkup System Helps Substance Abusers Who Have Mental Disorders

diciembre del 2009

Reports on a posttreatment intervention to support recovery that may be especially beneficial for substance abusers with co-occurring mental disorders.

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Recovery May Be Harder for Adolescents, Animal Study Suggests

diciembre del 2009

Reports animal study findings that suggest adolescents' heightened sensitivity to drug reward puts them at enhanced risk of addiction and may also increase their challenges in recovery.

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