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Innovative Alcohol, Cocaine, & Opioid Treatment Research

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FAST FACT: Columbia University Department of Psychiatry is exploring a new way to address alcohol, cocaine, and opioid use problems using innovative medications, therapy, and mindfulness.

Innovative vs. Traditional Addiction Treatments

Conventional ways of dealing with alcohol, opioid, or cocaine dependency like A.A., N.A., group therapy, and medication can be effective. Yet many don't respond to traditional treatments, or the side effects of medications become intolerable.

As these cases become more common, new approaches are necessary to meet the evolving needs of treatment seekers. Here at the Columbia University Department of Psychiatry, we’re meeting those demands —in turn transforming lives — via revolutionary research development.

And you have the opportunity to be part of it.

About Our Addiction Treatment Research Program

We’re conducting a free and confidential 12-week treatment research program that combines individual clinic visits with innovative and investigative medications.



Investigative Medicine

Investigative Medications

While these medications have other uses, they are only now being examined for their role in treating dependency problems. These medications will be given twice during the program.

Support and Guidance

Support & Guidance

The addiction treatment research will involve 2 visits per week for 12 weeks to meet with our clinical research team and physician.

You’ll receive support and guidance throughout the process from trained professionals who care about you and aim to see you succeed.

Study Snapshot

Holistic Therapy

Holistic Therapy

Including psychotherapy, mindfulness practices, and investigative medications in a supportive and safe environment at Columbia University Irving Medical Center.

Support and Guidance

Ongoing Support & Guidance

Personalized clinic visits, medication, psychiatric assessments, and close monitoring of physical health.

12-week Research Treatment

Free substance abuse treatment for alcohol, cocaine (including crack), and opioids (including heroin).

Do I Even Need Help?

Symptoms of Substance Use Disorders

These vary by person and by substance; however, they include a cluster of symptoms indicating ongoing use of the substance despite significant substance-related problems.

Impaired Control

  • Taking the substance in larger amounts or for longer than was intended
  • Wanting to cut down or stop using the substance but not managing to
  • Spending a lot of time getting, using, or recovering from use of the substance
  • Cravings or a strong desire or urge to use the substance

Social Impairment

  • Not managing to do what you should at work, home, or school because of substance use
  • Continuing to use, even when it causes problems in relationships
  • Giving up important social, occupational, or recreational activities because of substance use

Risky Use

  • Using substances again and again, even when it puts you in danger
  • Continuing to use, even when you know you have a physical or psychological problem that could have been caused or made worse by the substance

Pharmacological Criteria

  • Needing more of the substance to get the effect you want (tolerance)
  • Development of withdrawal symptoms, which can be relieved by taking more of the substance

This program could be a good fit for you.


How Does it Work?


Understand the Program.

Connect with us to learn more about this innovative research.


Are We a

Good Fit?

We'll talk through pros, cons, and whether the program is a good fit.


Get Your Treatment Roadmap.

Meet with our specialist for a customized treatment plan.


Is it really free?

100% free. Zero fine print. Zero obligation.

Is it really confidential?

100% confidential.

Do you offer travel compensation?

The HOPE Clinic offers limited compensation for travel expenses.

Is it safe? How are you handling COVID?

We’ve replaced many on-site visits with virtual visits —making it possible to connect with your provider from the comfort, convenience, and safety of your home. HIPAA-compliant video teleconferencing (e.g., Zoom, WebEx, Skype, or FaceTime) or the telephone will be used to communicate remotely. Each session should take between 30 and 75 minutes.

What medications will you be using?

Please contact us for details.

Who is eligible for the study?

Learn more here.

Don't see your question?

We're a phone call or email away. 100% confidentiality guaranteed.

Why trust HOPE?

Our Team

Our History of Groundbreaking Research

Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) is an internationally recognized leader in the creation of new knowledge and therapies to improve health in individuals and populations.

Our tradition of innovation includes:

  • First successful heart transplant in a child
  • Nobel-winning developments in cardiac catheterization and cryo-electron microscopy
  • First use of dilantin to treat epilepsy
  • Discoveries about how memory is stored in the brain
  • Creation of the Apgar score to assess newborns
  • Design of the first significant programs to reduce maternal mortality in resource-poor countries

We Foster Strong Ties to NYC

We’re proud of our relationship with the surrounding Washington Heights community.

The CUIMC Office of Government and Community Affairs serves as the primary liaison between the medical center and the community.

Our medical center has many active research and clinical programs in northern Manhattan, including Harlem, Washington Heights, and Inwood.

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