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Understanding Drug Abuse and Addiction: What Science Says (Teaching Packets)

Revised January 2007.
The third in a 5-part series, reviews the science behind drug abuse and addiction and introduces the topics of prevention and treatment.

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Tobacco/Nicotine (Research Reports)

Published July 1998. Revised July 2012.
Discusses the harmful effects of tobacco use, risks associated with pregnancy and adolescents, as well as best practices for the prevention and treatment of tobacco addiction. En Español

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Therapeutic Communities (Research Reports)

Revised July 2015.
Describes a type of long-term residential treatment for substance use disorders called therapeutic communities, including how they treat populations with special needs and how they can be incorporated into the criminal justice system.

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The Neurobiology of Ecstasy (MDMA) (Teaching Packets)

Revised January 2007.
The fourth in a 5-part series, explores the biology behind ecstasy use in the brain and discusses both short- and long-term effects of its use.

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The Neurobiology of Drug Addiction (Teaching Packets)

Revised January 2007.
The second in a 5-part series, explores the science behind addiction, describing the brain and reward center, and the action of heroine and cocaine.

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The Brain & the Actions of Cocaine, Opiates, and Marijuana (Teaching Packets)

Revised January 2007.
The first in a 5-part series, offers an understanding of the brain, how the reward center works, and what happens in the brain when a person uses cocaine, opiates (heroine), or marijuana.

Substance Use in Women (Research Reports)

Published July 2015.
Women and men may face unique issues when it comes to substance use, as a result of both sex and gender. Sex differences result from biology, or being genetically female or male, while gender differences are based on culturally defined roles for men and women, as well as those who feel uncomfortable identifying with either category; such roles influence how people perceive themselves and how they interact with others.

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Seeking Drug Abuse Treatment: Know What To Ask (Featured Publication)

Published December 2011. Revised June 2013.
Offers guidance in seeking drug abuse treatment and lists five questions to ask when searching for a treatment program. En Español

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Resource Guide: Screening for Drug Use in General Medical Settings (Featured Publication)

Published April 2009. Revised March 2012.
Provides clinicians serving adult populations in general medical settings with the tools and procedures necessary to conduct screening, brief intervention, and/or treatment referral for patients who may have or be at risk of developing a substance use disorder.

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Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition) (Featured Publication)

Published October 1999. Revised December 2012.
Presents research-based principles of addiction treatment for a variety of drugs, including nicotine, alcohol, and illicit and prescription drugs, that can inform drug treatment programs and services. En Español

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NIDA Notes: The Latest in Drug Abuse Research