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NIDA Notes Articles: People with Drug Use Disorders

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Suiting Treatment to the Nature of the Disease

October 2009
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.

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Combined Treatments Improve Dual Abstinence

October 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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Most People Entering Drug Treatment Have Additional Mental Health Problems

November 2009
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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Computer-Based Interventions Promote Drug Abstinence

November 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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Patch Delivers Buprenorphine for Heroin Detox

November 2009
Describes research on the effectiveness of a buprenorphine patch to alleviate opioid withdrawal symptoms of newly abstinent heroin abusers.

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Naltrexone via Skin Patch Proves Effectiveness of New Technology

November 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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DESPR Identifies Drug Abuse Trends and Seeks Solutions

November 2009
Discusses the work of NIDA’s Division of Epidemiology, Services and Prevention Research, organized to track drug use and provide empirically based information for researchers and service providers.

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Substance Abuse and Sexual Risk Show Town-Gown Divide

December 2009
Compares data on substance abuse and sexual risk among college students and their peers who do not attend college.

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Recovery Checkup System Helps Substance Abusers Who Have Mental Disorders

December 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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Anticipation of Methadone Enhances Brain Reactivity to Heroin Cues

December 2009
Describes findings of a study revealing that images of heroin preparation and injection can incite craving and excite brain areas associated with reward-seeking even in methadone-maintained patients.

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