Drug addiction is a chronic disease characterized by compulsive, or uncontrollable, drug seeking and use despite harmful consequences and changes in the brain, which can be long lasting. These changes in the brain can lead to the harmful behaviors seen in people who use drugs. Drug addiction is also a relapsing disease. Relapse is the return to drug use after an attempt to stop. Read the DrugFacts
- Research Report on Medications to Treat Opioid Addiction
- Research Report on Therapeutic Communities
- Intentional vs. unintentional overdose deaths
- Naloxone - a medication designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose
One patient’s story: NIDA clinical trials bring a new life to a woman struggling with opioid addiction - the study hoped to determine if clonidine used with buprenorphine could help reduce stress-induced relapse in heroin users.
- Mental Health and Addiction Insurance Help - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Resources to Help Curb Adolescent Drug Use:
Therapy Manuals For Cocaine Addiction (Archives):
- Cognitive-Behavioral Approach: Treating Cocaine Addiction (Manual 1)
- Community Reinforcement Approach: Treating Cocaine Addiction (Manual 2)
- Individual Drug Counseling Approach to Treat Cocaine Addiction: The Collaborative Cocaine Treatment Study Model (Manual 3)
- Drug Counseling for Cocaine Addiction: The Collaborative Cocaine Treatment Study Model (Manual 4)
- Brief Strategic Family Therapy for Adolescent Drug Abuse (Manual 5)
- MEDLINEplus Health Information on Drug Abuse - National Library of Medicine, NIH
- www.abovetheinfluence.com - Office of National Drug Control Policy
- healthfinder.gov - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Past information on many drugs of abuse is available on our Archives site.
Clinical trials are research studies in human volunteers conducted to answer specific health questions. Learn about the NIH-sponsored clinical trials available to you.
- NIDA Clinical Trial Locator - answer a few simple questions and get contact information for Clinical Trials near you.
Other Clinical Trials information sources:
- NIH Clinical Trials and You - NIH site that helps explain about clinical trials and why people participate.
- NIDA Trials at ClinicalTrials.gov - a resource of federally and privately supported clinical trials.
- Clinical Research Studies from the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network (CTN) - a NIDA coordinated network of research institutions conducting human trials on drug abuse solutions.
- Research Studies at NIDA Intramural Research Program - located in Baltimore, Maryland.
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NIDA. (2014, June 13). Treatment. Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/treatment
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