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Typical use patterns of methamphetamine (MA) users were examined using self-report measures from 120 MA and 63 cocaine users. Twenty (14 MA and 6 cocaine) of the participants also took part in structured interviews designed to provide more specific descriptions of their drug use. The typical MA user uses more than 20 days a month. Use is evenly spaced(More)
We visualize, for the first time, the profile of structural deficits in the human brain associated with chronic methamphetamine (MA) abuse. Studies of human subjects who have used MA chronically have revealed deficits in dopaminergic and serotonergic systems and cerebral metabolic abnormalities. Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and new computational(More)
BACKGROUND Mood disturbances in methamphetamine (MA) abusers likely influence drug use, but the neurobiological bases for these problems are poorly understood. OBJECTIVE To assess regional brain function and its possible relationships with negative affect in newly abstinent MA abusers. DESIGN Two groups were compared by measures of mood and cerebral(More)
OBJECTIVE Methamphetamine exposure is associated with long-lasting reductions in markers for dopaminergic neurons in preclinical models and probably in humans. Quantitative electroencephalography (EEG) has been used to characterize abnormalities in brain function in a number of disorders, including cocaine dependence, but this technique has not been used to(More)
Forty currently using methamphetamine (MA) abusers, 40 currently using cocaine (COC) abusers, and 80 comparison participants who did not use psychostimulants received a cognitive battery and questionnaires covering medical history and stimulant use patterns. Forty comparison participants were matched to the 40 MA users on age, education, ethnicity, and(More)
AIMS Previous research has reported that both contingency management (CM) and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) are efficacious interventions for the treatment of stimulant abusers. The present study sought to directly compare the effectiveness of (CM) and (CBT) alone and in combination in reducing stimulant use. DESIGN Randomized clinical trial. (More)
BACKGROUND Methamphetamine (MA) abusers have cognitive deficits, abnormal metabolic activity and structural deficits in limbic and paralimbic cortices, and reduced hippocampal volume. The links between cognitive impairment and these cerebral abnormalities are not established. METHODS We assessed cerebral glucose metabolism with [F-18]fluorodeoxyglucose(More)
A variety of measures are used for evaluating patients' responses to substance abuse treatments. These range from physical measures (such as samples of urine, breath, hair, or blood), self-reports of drug use (such as the Addiction Severity Index (ASI) or the Time Line Follow-Back), self-reports of psychological or physiological functioning (such as symptom(More)
Retrospective reports suggest that chronic use of methamphetamine is associated with a prolonged abstinence syndrome; however, there are no prospective studies confirming this. Nineteen non-treatment-seeking methamphetamine-dependent volunteers participated in a study of mood during initial abstinence. Moderate levels of depression were reported during the(More)
OBJECTIVE Exposure to methamphetamine is associated with long-lasting reductions in markers for dopaminergic neurons in preclinical models and in humans. These changes may be associated with alterations in brain electrical activity and in cognition. METHODS The sample included 9 methamphetamine-dependent subjects and 10 non-drug-using volunteers.(More)