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Behavioral Therapy, Incentives Enhance Addiction Treatment

New research supported by the NIH's National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) indicates that people who are trying to end their addiction to marijuana can benefit from a treatment program that combines motivational incentives with cognitive-behavioral therapy.

"Marijuana remains one of the most widely used drugs of abuse," says NIDA Director Nora D. Volkow, M.D. "Heavy use of the drug impairs a person's ability to form memories, recall events and shift attention from one thing to another." There also are significant lung and respiratory risks for regular smokers.

"The study results are largely positive, but there should be continued efforts to develop and evaluate effective treatments for marijuana addiction," Dr. Volkow adds.

Summer 2006 Issue: Page 26