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Computer-Based Interventions Promote Drug Abstinence

noviembre del 2009

Discusses the work of researchers who have begun to harness the potential of computers to reinforce and expand upon the well-established benefits of recovery therapy delivered by a counselor.

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Smokers Who Quit May Have Genetic Advantage

noviembre del 2009

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.

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Naltrexone via Skin Patch Proves Effectiveness of New Technology

noviembre del 2009

Reports on a new device that creates tiny painless punctures in the skin to allow medication to flow evenly from a skin patch into dermal capillaries and the bloodstream.

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Combined Treatments Improve Dual Abstinence

octubre del 2009

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

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

octubre del 2009

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.

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Legal Pressure Increases Treatment Retention

abril del 2009

Presents data on the length of stay in substance abuse treatment among people who were in treatment as a result of legal pressure as compared with those in treatment voluntarily.

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Court Mandates Help Men With Antisocial Personality Disorders Stay in Treatment

abril del 2009

Reports on a study of men with co-occurring substance abuse and antisocial personality disorders and the potential benefit of judicially mandated addiction treatment.

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Aripiprazole Prevents Rats From Resuming Cocaine Seeking

diciembre del 2008

Reports on study results indicating a medication prescribed for schizophrenia and manic phases of bipolar disorder shows promise as a cocaine addiction treatment.

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Lofexidine May Enhance Naltrexone Efficacy

diciembre del 2008

Highlights results from a pilot study suggesting that lofexidine, an anti-hypertensive medication, can enhance success rates among patients taking maintenance naltrexone to avoid opioid relapse.

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Methadone Reduces Rats' Cocaine Seeking

diciembre del 2008

Reports on an animal study showing that methadone, normally used as a therapy for opioid abuse, may prove to be an effective treatment for cocaine abuse.

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