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The proposed research program will investigate the changes in brain chemistry and circuitry that 're-wire' the brain during chronic cocaine use, promote relapse, and complicate treatment efforts. Currently-using and non-treatment-seeking individuals with a cocaine use disorder will undergo a cocaine self-administration paradigm 2-5 days prior to completing positron emission tomography (PET) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).
The goal of this study is to use [C-11]FLB 457 and amphetamine (oral, 0.5 mg/kg) to measure cortical dopamine transmission in cocaine dependent individuals and healthy controls
Background: Cocaine use disorders (CUD) is a complex brain disorder, involving several brain areas and neurocircuits. Effective treatments for CUD are still needed. Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) stimulates non-invasively parts of the brain. Preliminary data suggest that rTMS may help reducing cocaine craving and consumption. Researchers want to learn how the brain and the drug-seeking behavior may change with this treatment. Objectives: To test if rTMS can reduce cocaine craving and use, and also affect several mood, behavioral and cognitive alterations associated with prolonged cocaine use. Eligibility: Healthy, right-handed adults ages 18-65 who do have cocaine use disorder (moderate to severe). Design: This is a randomized, double-blind, sham-controlled study. The study includes three phases: 1) a rTMS continued treatment phase; a rTMS follow-up; and a no rTMS follow-up. Prior to participating, participants will be screened with: - Questionnaires - Medical history - Physical exam - Urine tests - MRI (structural) After being enrolled, baseline behavioral and imaging data will be collected. In particular, participants will undergo: - Questionnaires - Functional MRI During the continued rTMS phase, participants with cocaine use disorder will be randomized to receive real or fake rTMS. Repetitive TMS will be delivered during 10 outpatient treatment days, over 2 weeks (5 days/week). Following this phase, subjects will have 12 follow-up visits (once/weekly), during which they will receive rTMS, and behavioral and imaging assessments will be performed. At the end of the rTMS follow up period, participants will further receive 3 follow up visits (once a month), during which rTMS will not be performed, but behavioral data will be collected. Treatment includes: - rTMS: A coil is placed on the head. A brief electrical current passes through the coil. At each visit, participants will receive two rTMS sessions, with a 1hr interval between sessions. At the beginning of each rTMS session, they view cocaine-related images for few minutes. - MRIs at baseline and at follow-up visit #12: Participants lie on a table that slides into a cylinder that takes pictures of the brain. They respond to images while in the scanner. - Repeat of screening tests and questionnaires - Urine toxicological screen
In the United States, 1.5 million people abuse cocaine leading to a host of negative health and economic consequences, yet no FDA approved treatment exists. To develop effective treatments, the following must be considered: 1) do potential medications ameliorate brain disruptions associated with cocaine use? 2) are multiple, targeted treatments necessary? To meet these goals, innovative multi-modal neuroimaging will be used to determine whether rebalancing the serotonergic (5-HT) system reduces cocaine cue reactivity, impulsivity, and normalizes related neurochemistry and brain connectivity.
The goal of this double-blind sham controlled study is to evaluate the effeicacy of continuous theta burst stimulation to the frontal pole as a tool to decrease drug cue reactivity and improve treatment outcomes in treatment-engaged cocaine and alcohol users. All participants will be randomized to receive 10 days of real or sham rTMS to the frontal pole. Brain imaging data and behavioral assessments will be collected at 4 time points - before TMS, after 10 days of TMS, 1 month follow up and 2 month follow up.
The objective of this research is to identify the functional neural mechanisms (as assessed using fMRI) of short-term N-acetylcysteine (NAC) administration among methadone-maintained individuals with cocaine dependence.
The purpose of this study is to evaluate whether prednisolone lowers intensity and frequency of craving in heroin-addicted subjects undertaking a detoxification of cocaine and/or heroin.
Background: More effective treatments for people with cocaine use disorder are needed. Researchers want to understand the parts of the brain involved in the disorder. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) stimulates parts of the brain. A form of TMS called intermittent theta-burst stimulation (iTBS) may help reduce cocaine use. Researchers want to learn how the brain might change with treatment. Objectives: To test if iTBS can reduce cocaine use. Also, to learn how cocaine changes the heart and the brain. Eligibility: Healthy, right-handed adults ages 18-60 who do or do not have cocaine use disorder. Design: Participants will be screened with: - Questionnaires - Medical history - Physical exam - Blood and urine tests - Alcohol breath tests In the pilot study, 10 participants with cocaine use disorder will have 10 treatment days over 2 weeks. Half will be inpatient and half will be outpatient. They will have 2 follow-up visits. Treatment includes: - iTBS: A coil is placed on the head. A brief electrical current passes through the coil. They view cocaine-related images during each session. Sessions are videotaped. - Repeat of screening tests - In the main study, participants will be randomly assigned to have either real or fake iTBS. - Participants with cocaine use disorder will join an incentive program to quit. - Participants will have 39 visits over 6 months. These include: - Repeat of screening tests - MRIs at 5 visits: Participants lie on a table that slides into a cylinder that takes pictures of the brain. They respond to images while in the scanner. - iTBS at 10 visits (5 days a week for 2 weeks) Participants will be contacted throughout the study to discuss iTBS treatment and drug use.
The study will test the efficacy of a hour long, one-on-one, active listening counseling session (called Change the Cycle or CTC) aimed at reducing behaviors among active people who inject drugs (PWID) that research has found to facilitate uptake of injection drug use among non-injectors. The study will involve ~1,100 PWID who will be randomized to CTC or an equal attention control intervention on improving nutrition. Participants will be recruited in Los Angeles and San Francisco, California and followed up at 6 and 12 months to determine changes in direct and indirect facilitation of injection initiation among non-injectors.
Repeated drug consumption may progress to problematic use by triggering neuroplastic adaptations that attenuate sensitivity to natural rewards while increasing reactivity to craving and drug cues. Converging evidence suggests that glutamate modulation may work to correct these adaptations and rapidly restore motivation for delayed non-drug rewards relative to immediate drug use. Using an established laboratory model aimed at evaluating behavioral shifts in the salience of cocaine now vs. money later, the investigators will test the effect of CI-581a on cocaine self-administration as compared to the active control.