December 2008
High-dose methadone undermines animals' motivation to acquire cocaine.

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.

December 2008

Reports on a link between mental disorders, including mood, anxiety, or personality disorder and nicotine dependence in pregnancy women.

December 2008

Reports on a randomized controlled trial of HIV-infected men and women who, as a result of receiving selenium supplements, experienced lower HIV viral load and greater CD4 cell count.

September 2008
Research on glial cells and receptors leads to compounds that outperform morphine in preclinical trials.

Describes research to develop new compounds that match or exceed the pain relief provided by opioids while avoiding their shortcomings.

June 2008

Highlights the work of investigators who discovered key ways in which morphine may accelerate the progression of AIDS in animal studies.

June 2008
A specially designed group intervention also improves patients' functioning in the community.

Describes a new intervention that enhances recovery prospects for substance abusers whose mental illness complicates the path toward recovery.

June 2008

Describes a study of unemployed methadone patients and the use of assertive outreach and motivational techniques to improve the patients’ employment outlook.

March 2008

Describes a study investigating the use of the antidepressant bupropion as a potential therapy for methamphetamine addiction.

March 2008
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors do not relieve the depressive symptoms of methamphetamine withdrawal and may produce unpleasant side effects.

Describes a new research finding indicating that the antidepressant sertraline (Zoloft), prescribed to relieve depression during the methamphetamine withdrawal process, may make quitting harder.

October 2007
Recent studies suggest therapeutic potential for glycyl-glutamine in opiate and nicotine addiction.

Describes research investigating a naturally occurring brain chemical that shows early promise as a treatment for addiction in animal studies.