Addictions

An addiction is a state in which the body depends on a substance or an activity for normal functioning and may occur along with physical dependence, as in drug addiction. When the activity, drug or substance on which someone is dependent is suddenly removed, it will cause withdrawal, a characteristic set of signs and symptoms. Addiction is generally associated with increased drug tolerance.

Integrated Substance Abuse Programs

Integrated Substance Abuse Programs

The UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP) was established in 1999 to consolidate research efforts in many areas of drug abuse research at UCLA. Since then, ISAP has steadily established its presence as a major entity in the drug abuse research community, both domestically and internationally.

The group continues to advance the knowledge base on drug problems and to improve the delivery of drug abuse treatment services through an array of projects.

More information currently at www.uclaisap.org

Looking for treatment? Visit the Matrix Institute Web site for more information on treatment services or call 1-800-310-7700. Other questions? E-mail our External Communications Director at isap@ucla.edu.

Director: 
Walter Ling
Advance the knowledge base on drug problems and to improve the delivery of drug abuse treatment services through an array of projects

Dual Diagnosis Program

Welcome To The UCLA Dual Diagnosis Program

Treatment For Addiction And Co-Occurring Mental Health Conditions

Although addiction trends in the United States have changed over the years, addiction remains one of the most challenging issues facing America. In addition to addictions to illegal drugs like heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine, an increasing number of individuals are developing addictions to prescription drugs (e.g., OxyContin and Xanax) as well as to relatively new "designer drugs" (e.g., bath salts, K2, spice), inhalants, and sleep aids. Behavioral addictions (also called process addictions) have become more prevalent as well with pathological gambling and sex addiction in the foreground. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that individuals who suffer from an addiction are twice as likely as their healthy counterparts to also suffer from another mental health condition as well.

For many years, the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA has consistently ranked as "Best in the West" for psychiatry as part of the US News and World Report rankings of top hospitals. As an extension of its reputation as a leader in treating psychiatric conditions, UCLA added the Dual Diagnosis Program to its treatment services in 2012. This program specializes in treating recovering addicts who have also been diagnosed with co-occurring depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, and ADHD, in an intensive outpatient environment. The program's clinicians are experts in the field of addiction medicine with extensive experience treating multiple mental health conditions simultaneously. To inquire about the program or to schedule an appointment, please contact us.









The Dual Diagnosis Program specialize in the treatment of co-occurring substance use and other Axis I disorders.

Sean Ostlund

Peer-Reviewed Research Articles:

Ostlund SB, Maidment NT (in press) Dopamine receptor blockade attenuates the general incentive motivational effects of non-contingently delivered rewards and reward-paired cues without affecting their ability to bias action selection. Neuropsychopharmacology.

Wassum KM, Ostlund SB, Balleine BW, Maidment NT (2011) Differential dependence of Pavlovan incentive motivation and instrumental incentive learning processes on dopamine signaling. Learning and Memory, 18:475-483.



Secondhand Smoke Triggers Nicotine Cravings

Dr. Arthur Brody, professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute, and his research linking secondhand smoke exposure to tobacco cravings in smokers was covered May 2 in the Hartford (CT) Health Examiner; May 3 in the Times of India and Toronto Sun; May 4 in PsychCentral.com; May 5 in ABCNews.com and HealthJockey.com; May 6 in TopNews.ae (Arab Emirates) and Medical News Today, and May 19 in the St. Louis American.

Genetic Contributions to Addiction, Ability to Quit and Menthol Preference

Psychiatry Grand Rounds

Genetic Contributions to Addiction, Ability to Quit and Menthol Preference

George Uhl, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Neurology, Department of Neuroscience
Johns Hopkins University

NEW--Podcast Preview available on the website, www.psychiatrygrandrounds.com

Coffee will be served in the auditorium foyer beginning at 10:45 AM. As always, free continuing educational credits are available for Grand Rounds; please be sure that you have filled out the forms to receive credit for your attendance.

For information on upcoming Semel Institute Grand Rounds please visit: www.psychiatrygrandrounds.com

Event detail
12 Apr 2011 - 11:00 - 12:30

Cigarettes Make Teens Want to Smoke More Cigarettes

A new study by Edythe London, professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute, was featured March 3 by the Orange County Register, AOL Health and LA Weekly blogs and KCRW-89.9 FM, and March 4 on KTSM-Ch. 9 (El Paso). Her research found that smoking can lower activity in teens' prefrontal cortex, the brain region that guides decision-making and other important functions.

Tobacco smoking impacts teens' brains, UCLA study shows

Tobacco smoking is the leading preventable cause of death and disease in the U.S., with more than 400,000 deaths each year attributable to smoking or its consequences. And yet teens still smoke. Indeed, smoking usually begins in the teen years, and approximately 80 percent of adult smokers became hooked by the time they were 18. Meanwhile, teens who don't take up smoking usually never do. While studies have linked cigarette smoking to deficits in attention and memory in adults, UCLA researchers wanted to compare brain function in adolescent smokers and non-smokers, with a focus on the prefrontal cortex, the area of the brain that guides "executive functions" like decision-making and that is still developing structurally and functionally in adolescents. They found a disturbing correlation: The greater a teen's addiction to nicotine, the less active the prefrontal cortex was, suggesting that smoking can affect brain function.

Parents And children Coping Together (PACT): 15-Year Follow-up of Children Affected by Maternal HIV/AIDS

Psychiatry Grand Rounds

Parents And children Coping Together (PACT): 15-Year Follow-up of Children Affected by Maternal HIV/AIDS

Debra A. Murphy, Ph.D.
Director, Health Risk Reduction Projects Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP) UCLA Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences

NEW--Podcast Preview available on the website, www.psychiatrygrandrounds.com

Coffee will be served in the auditorium foyer beginning at 10:45 AM. As always, free continuing educational credits are available for Grand Rounds; please be sure that you have filled out the forms to receive credit for your attendance.

For information on upcoming Semel Institute Grand Rounds please visit: www.psychiatrygrandrounds.com

Event detail
8 Mar 2011 - 11:00 - 12:30