This study will examine the neural circuitry associated with craving, behavioral disinhibition, and threat-reactivity. The study will involve 2 visits. During the first visit, participants will complete questionnaires and interviews in a private room and do some tests to measure alcohol use. During the second visit, participants will complete a neuroimaging scan of their brain.
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effects of an FDA-approved medication called tolcapone in people who have both Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The study involves seven visits over a three to four week period, including an assessment visit and two eight-day medication periods during which participants will be assigned to take, in a double-blinded fashion, both tolcapone and a placebo (three visits during each period). During two of these visits, participants will undergo a one-hour MRI scan. Participants must not be seeking treatment for AUD or ADHD and must not be currently taking any psychotropic medications, including stimulant medications for ADHD. Compensation is available for qualified participants.
This study will examine the effects of Epidiolex among adults who drink alcohol heavily but who are not seeking treatment for their alcohol use. Epidiolex is an FDA-approved formulation of cannabidiol, the primary non-psychoactive constituent of cannabis. Participants in the study will be randomly assigned to take Epidiolex or placebo for 8 days. There are 3 study visits, including a day-long visit in the laboratory.
This study will examine the efficacy of intranasal oxytocin versus placebo in combination with Alcohol Behavioral Couples Therapy (ABCT) to reduce alcohol use disorder severity. We will also use observational coding and neuroimaging to examine behavioral and neural mechanisms underlying treatment outcomes.
The purpose of this study is to gather feedback to inform the development of a web-based tool that provides screening and education about alcohol use following interpersonal violence. People who have experienced sexual assault or domestic violence in the last year and drink alcohol, or are currently in treatment for alcohol use, will be asked to provide feedback about a web-based tool for alcohol use. 60-minute interviews will be conducted and will involve viewing the content of the web-based tool and providing feedback.
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the efficacy of the medication N-acetylcysteine (NAC) to help young people with alcohol use disorder. NAC is an over-the-counter supplement and antioxidant that has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in adults and children for other uses, but has not been approved by the FDA for treatment of alcohol use disorder. All participants will receive brief alcohol counseling during the 8 weeks of medication treatment. Volunteers ages 13-19 are needed for this study.
This Charleston Alcohol Research Center (ARC) pilot study seeks to provide the preliminary validation of a novel natural rewards fMRI paradigm which may be used in the development and/or evaluation of alcohol addiction medication treatments. Specifically, individuals with alcohol use disorder (AUD) and social drinkers will be recruited for a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) study which will include magnetic resonance spectroscopy, an alcohol cue task, and this novel natural rewards paradigm which examines brain response to social reward and food. Invited participants will complete an initial screening diagnostic assessment visit at the Medical University of South Carolina, which will consist of clinical interviews with research staff, questionnaires, and labs. If still eligible, participants will be invited for a second appointment which will include additional clinical measures, questionnaires, and an MRI scan. This study is confidential and participants will be compensated for participating.
The proposed study will employ treatment-seeking AUD individuals who will be randomly assigned to receive either 15 mg of rapamycin (sirolimus) or placebo immediately after the first of two alcohol cue exposure sessions scheduled to occur on consecutive days. Subjective responses (i.e., craving) and physiological (heart rate & skin conductance) reactivity will be obtained before, during and after cue presentations in both sessions. The durability of any observed treatment effects will be assessed in a Follow-up session performed approximately 10 days following completion of the second session. Treatment effects on self-report measures of drinking behavior during the approximately 10 days preceding the Follow-up session will also be assessed.
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the potential mechanism of action and the safety of GET73, a new drug under development for the reduction of craving and drinking in alcohol dependent individuals. The study involves five to six visits over a three to four week period, including one to two assessment visits and two visits during which participants will be assigned to take, in a double-blinded fashion, both GET73 and a placebo (two visits during each condition). During three of these visits, participants will undergo a one-hour MRI scan. Compensation is available for qualified participants.
This study examines the effects of the medication gabapentin and the supplement n-acetylcysteine among individuals with Bipolar Disorder who regularly drink alcohol. Participants in this study will take gabapentin, n-acetylcysteine, and matched placebo (one at a time) for 5 days each. There are 8 study visits, including 3 MRI scans.