Education and Training > Research

  • March 3, 2016

    ASAM Endorses ACOG Report on Team-Based Care

    ASAM endorsed the recent report from the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists entitled Collaboration in Practice: Implementing Team-Based Care. In the words of the report, it "will be most useful for those who are charged with developing new practice models based on the changing demographics of health care practices and financial reimbursement structures."
  • December 13, 2015

    Repurposing Medications to Treat Addiction?

    If researchers can get access to test new medications that have been developed and tested in human clinical trials for other non-addiction conditions, they could be proven effective for addiction treatment.
  • September 10, 2015

    Increased marijuana, heroin use contribute to highest reported illicit drug use in more than a decade

    Findings from the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), released today, reveal the percentage of Americans aged 12 or older who used an illicit drug in 2014 was higher than in every year between 2002 and 2013, driven primarily by increases in marijuana use, sustained rates of nonmedical pain reliever use, and increases in heroin use.
  • August 14, 2015

    Brain Stimulation as a Potential Treatment for Addiction

    Brain stimulation has been in use for decades as a potential treatment for psychiatric disorders. However, its use in addiction is relatively new.
  • August 13, 2015

    Three Experts Join Journal of Addiction Medicine Editorial Team

    ASAM’s official journal recently welcomed the addition of three new statistical editors: Debbie Cheng, ScD, Charles Maynard, PhD, MSW, and Katie Witkiewitz, PhD. Together, the three editors will serve the important role of ensuring the high quality of research appearing in the society’s peer-reviewed journal.
  • July 22, 2015

    Stopping or Reducing Cocaine Use Associated with Lower Cardiovascular Risk Marker Levels

    In this issue of ASAM’s official journal – Journal of Addiction Medicine – it’s found that for people who use cocaine, stopping or reducing cocaine use is associated with decreased levels of endothelin-1 (ET-1)—a protein that plays a key role in the development of coronary artery disease.
  • June 12, 2015

    Targeting the Brain Stress System to Treat Addiction

    Recent research has focused on the negative effects of addiction, using animal models to understand the mechanism of negative reinforcement and translating these results into human treatment studies.
  • April 13, 2015

    A Review of Potential Pharmacological Treatments for Cannabis Abuse

    A new review looks at how medication could be used to improve Cannabis Use Disorder treatment efficacy.
  • April 10, 2015

    Major NIH Study Will Examine the Effects of Drugs on the Developing Brain

    The Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study, headed by an NIH partnership, will track approximately 10,000 individuals from around age 9 or 10 until young adulthood, collecting mental health, genetic, and behavioral data on substance use, school achievement, IQ, and cognition.
  • April 10, 2015

    Rescheduling Hydrocodone Combination Products: Addressing the Abuse of America’s Favorite Opioid

    On October 6, 2014, hydrocodone combination products (HCPs) became Schedule II controlled substances in the U.S. For more than three decades, HCPs were designated Schedule III drugs by the Controlled Substances Act, meaning that controls imposed by state and federal regulations were less stringent than controls for Schedule II drugs.
  • April 10, 2015

    What is Recovery?

    There has not been a way of measuring the concept recovery. This changed with the November publication of the results of the NIH-funded “What Is Recovery?” study in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.
  • February 13, 2015

    More Choices for Your Patients: New NIAAA Publication Outlines Options for Treating Alcohol Problems

    Clinicians now have a new resource to share with patients struggling with an alcohol use disorder (AUD). The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health, has developed a guide to help individuals and families understand available treatment options.
  • February 13, 2015

    Research Review: Alcohol Treatment Medications

    Three medications – disulfiram, acamprosate and naltrexone – are currently approved for treating addiction with alcohol. However, while these medications are effective in subsets of patients, many do not respond to these interventions, and recent research has investigated the causes for such variability.
  • December 12, 2014

    Can Brain Modulation Confer Resilience to Addiction?

    Resilience is an individual’s ability to be protected from the development of an illness, including addiction.
  • October 14, 2014

    Cocaine Vaccine: Research Review

    There are still no FDA-approved medications for cocaine use despite many clinical trials that have tested potential treatments. Recent research has instead focused on developing an anti-cocaine vaccine.