Wednesday, September 18, 2013

SARx is moving

SARx will soon be closing this site, but you can find all of the same information and more through the UCLA Center for Behavioral & Addiction Medicine (CBAM). Read our latest blog posts on the CBAM website!








Tuesday, September 03, 2013

UCLA CBAM Launches New Website

UCLA Center for Behavioral and Addiction Medicine (CBAM) is proud to announce the launch of our new website! Visit us at http://cbam.ucla.edu for information about SARx projects, clinical trials, the CBAM monthly newsletter and much more.

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Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Adolescent girls less successful than boys in quitting methamphetamine in UCLA pilot research study

A new UCLA study of adolescents receiving treatment for methamphetamine dependence found that girls used more methamphetamine during treatment than boys, suggesting that new approaches to treating methamphetamine abuse among adolescent girls are needed. The study was done by the UCLA Center for Behavioral and Addiction Medicine and Behavioral Health Services, Incorporated, a community-based substance abuse treatment program. Results were published in the April edition of the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Nineteen adolescents with methamphetamine abuse or dependence receiving counseling at Behavioral Health Services adolescent substance abuse treatment programs received treatment with the antidepressant bupropion (Wellbutrin®) or placebo pills. The pilot study was not designed to provide final conclusions regarding use of bupropion in adolescents with methamphetamine abuse, although adolescents receiving bupropion provided fewer methamphetamine-free urine drug tests during treatment than adolescents receiving placebo. Additional studies are needed to determine whether bupropion is effective for treating adolescent methamphetamine abuse. Researchers also compared treatment outcomes in boys versus girls and found that boys provided over twice as many methamphetamine-free urine drug tests during treatment than girls.

Dr. Keith Heinzerling of the UCLA Center for Behavioral and Addiction Medicine and the UCLA Department of Family Medicine, principal investigator for the study, commented that “the greater severity of methamphetamine problems in adolescent girls compared to boys in our pilot study combined with results of studies in adults that also found women to be more susceptible to methamphetamine than men suggests that the gender differences in methamphetamine addiction observed in adults may actually begin in adolescence.” Dr. Heinzerling suggested that research to develop new interventions to improve outcomes of treatment for methamphetamine addiction in adolescent girls is needed.

The study was a collaboration between UCLA and Behavioral Health Services adolescent substance abuse treatment programs in the Lincoln Heights and Boyle Heights neighborhoods of Los Angeles. Mr. Henry van Oudheusden, President & Chief Executive Officer of Behavioral Health Services, Incorporated stated that “it is always a pleasure to partner with UCLA researchers on work to insure that we can provide the highest quality substance abuse treatment services to the community.” Dr Heinzerling of UCLA agreed that “partnerships between researchers and communities are critical to insuring that research is translated into improvements in the health of real people.”

The study was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and is registered with clinicaltrials.gov (NCT00994448).

The UCLA Center for Behavioral and Addiction Medicine aims to advance the prevention and treatment of chronic illnesses, especially in communities with healthcare disparities. This includes internationally recognized research to advance the science behind Addiction Medicine in order to develop safer and more effective treatments for addiction. Treatment for methamphetamine addiction is available through the UCLA Center for Behavioral and Addiction Medicine at our clinics in Santa Monica and Hollywood.

The UCLA Department of Family Medicine provides comprehensive primary care to entire families, from newborns to seniors. It provides low-risk obstetrical services and prenatal and inpatient care at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, and outpatient care at the University Family Health Center in Santa Monica and the Mid-Valley Family Health Center, located in a Los Angeles County Health Center in Van Nuys, Calif. The department is also a leader in family medicine education, for both medical students and residents, and houses a significant research unit focusing on health care disparities among immigrant families and minority communities and other underserved populations in Los Angeles and California.

Behavioral Health Services, Incorporated is a not-for-profit community-based healthcare organization providing substance abuse, mental health, drug-free transitional living, older adult services, HIV/AIDS education and prevention, and other related health services to the residents of Southern California. 


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Monday, April 01, 2013

SMART Recovery Thursdays 5-6P!!!

Just in case you've forgotten, we have SMART recovery meetings at our clinic on Thursdays from 5P to 6P!  Call us for more details!  1 866 449 UCLA. Be the change you want to see! Stay safe.


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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

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