The purpose of this two-visit brain imaging (magnetic resonance imaging, MRI) study is to identify brain targets for improving treatment and preventative interventions for individuals at risk for co-occurring bipolar disorder and alcohol use disorder. The preliminary visit for a parent and his/her biological child will include completion of clinical interviews, surveys, and labwork to determine study eligibility. If they are considered eligible for the study, brain imaging visits will occur within 1-2 weeks at which a 1-hour MRI will be completed along with additional clinical interviews, surveys, and labwork. Brief follow-up phone call interviews will be completed with participants every 3 months for 1 year. Study participation is confidential and compensated.
After initial eligibility screening, Veterans who use both cannabis and tobacco will be randomly assigned to receive either varenicline (Chantix) or placebo for 12 weeks. Participants will attend weekly visits to provide breath and urine samples for testing, fill out questionnaires, and meet with study staff about medication compliance.
This research study evaluates the effects of anFDA-approved medication Gabapentin in individuals with Bipolar Disorder who smoke marijuana. Participants in the study will will be assigned to take either Gabapentin or a matched placebo. Study medication will be taken for 17 days. There will be 5 study visits, with 2 MRI brain imaging scans completed. Questionnaires and clinical interview measures will be completed at study visits along with consistent assessment of potential side effects from study medication.
Adults (ages 18+) who would like to reduce their cannabis use (N=224) will be enrolled in an 8-week treatment program. All participants will receive counseling (1 goals session with a therapist followed by 7 weekly computerized cognitive-behavioral therapy sessions). Detailed cannabis assessments (biological and self-report) will be conducted throughout treatment and at 1-, 2-, and 3-months post-treatment completion. Daily electronic diaries will be administered via text message to record detailed logs of cannabis use quantity and frequency. Salivary samples will be collected (and video observed) daily throughout treatment to analyze for progesterone.
Eligible adolescents and emerging adults (ages 12-25) who have used cannabis in the past year will attend 1-2 laboratory visits. They will complete a series of interviews and self-report measures, including assessment of cannabis quantity and frequency, subjective effects of cannabis, and problems due to cannabis use. They will provide a urine sample for analysis of a THC metabolite and they will provide a blood sample for analysis of genes related to cytochrome P450 enzyme activity, which are thought to be associated with metabolism of THC.
The study will test a computerized treatment with subjects ages 13-17 years who are seeking treatment for alcohol and/or cannabis use. Youth will be recruited from the Center for Drug and Alcohol Programs (CDAP) Clinic in the Department of Psychiatry at MUSC. Follow-up assessments will be conducted at one- and three-months following treatment.