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Exercise as a Behavioral Treatment for Cocaine Dependence (H-27380)

The objective of this non-medication-based outpatient study is to evaluate the effects of regular exercise on basic fitness measures and on cocaine and nicotine use and craving in individuals that are seeking treatment for their drug addiction.

Participants that qualify for the study will visit the research unit at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, Texas, a total of 14 times (3 visits per week for 4 weeks plus 2 follow-up visits). Each visit is expected to last approximately 2 to 4 hours. Participants will be randomized to 1 of 3 groups: Exercise (running or walking for approximately 35 minutes each session) or placebo (sitting for the same amount of time). Participants will also receive a total of 12 sessions of a standardized series of computerized cognitive behavioral therapy (CCBT) modules, which are specifically designed for the treatment of cocaine addiction. Before and after each session, participants' blood pressure and heart rate will be measured, and they will be asked to answer questions about how they feel.

Participants will be compensated. If you are not seeking treatment for cocaine addiction, you should not participate in this study.

For study details, see Exercise as a Behavioral Treatment for Cocaine Dependence.

Contact: If interested, please call (877) 228-5777 for more information. You may also contact us via email at SARP@bcm.edu.  All calls and any information received will remain strictly confidential.