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Outcomes of Computerized CBT Rival Those of Clinician-Delivered CBT

A clinical trial found that patients who self-administered cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) using computerized training modules reduced their drug use as much as patients who received clinician-delivered CBT, and they maintained this advantage through a 6-month follow-up.

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Cigarette Smoking Increases the Likelihood of Drug Use Relapse

Research suggests that helping patients quit and remain abstinent from smoking may improve their chances for sustained recovery from use of other drugs.

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Stressful Experiences Affect Likelihood of Remission of Drug Dependence, Continued Drug Use, and Relapse

Stressful life events are associated with reductions in a person’s chances of becoming or remaining abstinent from drugs for at least 3 years.

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Deep Brain Stimulation Attenuates Rats’ Responses to Heroin

High-frequency electrical stimulation of neurons deep in the brain can reduce rats’ relapse-like behavior and motivation to take heroin. The finding strengthens hope that deep brain stimulation might offer a new treatment alternative for opioid addiction, particularly for patients who have not benefited from other treatments.

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