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The Addiction Recovery Research Center is currently recruiting volunteers to participate in the following ongoing research studies:

Hours of Operation: The Addiction Recovery Research Center is open Monday-Friday, 8AM-8PM
Contact Us: Call, text, or email us today to determine eligibility for one of our studies

  • Phone: (540) 526-2113, calls only
  • Cell: (540) 315-0205, calls and text messages
  • Email: arrc@vtc.vt.edu
  • Location: 2 Riverside Circle, Roanoke, Va
  • Compensation for participation and for travel to Roanoke may be provided

Participate in a research study about decision making using TMS

This is a research study aiming to assess the effects of transcranial magnetic brain stimulation (TMS) on decision-making and craving in obese individuals.

What is TMS? TMS is a non-invasive procedure involving magnetic pulses to stimulate regions of your brain. TMS is safe and FDA approved. No medication or anesthesia required. TMS is a minimal risk procedure.

If you qualify, participation involves:

  • Transcranial magnetic brain stimulation
  • Computerized assessments
  • MRI Scans
  • Eye-blink Measurements
  • Food Consumption
  • Participation involves 6 sessions
  • Each Session last 1-3 hours
  • Compensation ranges from $30-$320 based on extent of participation
  • This is not a treatment study
  • All information is confidential
  • Travel Compensation to Roanoke may be provided
  • If you qualify, total compensation based on extent of study participation
  • Must be 18-55 years of age
  • Must be eligible for fMRI scanning and brain stimulation
  • Pregnant females will be excluded

Effect of Episodic Thinking on a Real World Drinking Environment

 Do you drink alcohol? Are you interested in quitting or cutting back?

Volunteers age 18-65 needed for an approximately a 4-visit study (approximately 1-2 hours each) with compensation from $15 – $218 based on extent of participation. This study will occur over an approximately 2-month period.

Participation involves:

  • Screening questions
  • Questionnaires
  • Tasks where you may make choices
  • Self-reports of drinking
  • Breathalyzer samples
  • Complete computerized decision-making tasks and answer questions about alcohol use
  • If you qualify, total compensation based on extent of participation in the study
  • Must be between 18 and 65 years of age
  • Pregnant females are not eligible
  • This is not a treatment study.
  • Travel compensation to Roanoke may be provided.

Neural Correlates of Choices for Impulsive HIV-risk Behavior in Stimulant Dependence

The purpose of this study is aiming to understand factors that related to risky sexual decision making.

Currently recruiting participants between the ages of 18 – 65 that use stimulant drugs such as cocaine

Participation may involve:

  •  3-4 sessions varying in length up to 3 hours
  • Compensation from $120-$150, dependent on extent of participation
  • Optional CD of your brain images taken from the fMRI
  • Risky choice questions
  • Computer tasks
  • Urine sample
  • Functional MRI brain scan

Participants must not have:

  • Claustrophobia
  • History of brain injury
  • Metal implants
  • Be currently pregnant or nursing
  • Unmanaged psychiatric disorders

This is strictly confidential and not a treatment study

Please call 540-818-0664 if interested

Behavioral economic demand of e-cigarettes as a function of flavor and nicotine absorption

The purpose of this study is to help us learn more about the features of electronic cigarettes that influence economic purchasing decisions.

    • 6-10 sessions, depending on extent of participation
    • Currently Recruiting participants that use both electric and conventional cigarettes
    • All information is strictly confidential
    • Must be between 18-65 years of age
    • Sessions last approximately 1.5 hours
    • Participation involves
      • Screening Questions
      • Blood draws to measure plasma nicotine content
      • Smoking Tasks
    • Compensation can range from $200 to $335, dependent on extent of participation.
    • This is not a treatment study. Pregnant females are excluded

Please call 540-818-0664 if interested

 

Inter-temporal Trade-offs in the Risky Decisions of Cocaine Addicts

This research project seeks to understand, through fMRI imaging, the decision-making processes of individuals who do and do not use cocaine.

  • Two-Session study involving brain imaging
  • If you qualify, compensation ranges from $10-$200 based on length of study and extent of participation
  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must be eligible for fMRI scanning

Currently Recruiting: Chronic cocaine users

 

Episodic Future Thinking and Real Time fMRI

Currently recruiting: Social Drinkers between the ages of 21 – 65

This is a confidential research study aiming to assess your imagination skills inside an fMRI scanner.

If you qualify, compensation is up to $80 for a 3-hour session

Participation involves:

  • Decision making tasks
  • Imagination skills tasks
  • fMRI brain scan – you’ll receive a CD with images of your brain to take home!

This is not a treatment study.

Pregnant females are not eligible.

Travel compensation to Roanoke may be provided.

 

Experimental Heavy Drinking Treatment Study

The purpose of this study is to assess the effectiveness of using a breathalyzer to facilitate an intervention to reduce alcohol use that requires no in-person contact between the participants and the study staff during the intervention phase.

7 to 8 sessions over the course of 6 months, dependent on extent of participation. This includes a 21 consecutive day experimental period.

Participants will receive compensation up to:

  • $286 for participation to offset time and effort
  • $50 bonus for completing all study requirements
  • An additional $275 based on performance within the study
    • All information is confidential
    • Travel Compensation to Roanoke may be provided
    • Must be between 18 and 65 years of age
    • Currently recruiting people who drink alcohol and would like to cut down or quit
    • Also must be willing to provide a $75 deposit (which can be partially funded by study earnings)
Please call 540-818-0664 if interested.

Decision-Making in Current Alcohol Users

This is a research study aiming to assess the effects of memory skills training in current alcohol users.

  • Compensation is up to $45 for a 3-hour session

Participation involves:

  • Computer surveys and assessments (Some of which will be completed in an MRI Scanner)
  • Questions about alcohol and drug use
  • This is not a treatment study
  • All information is confidential
  • Travel compensation to Roanoke may be provided
  • Complete computerized decision-making tasks and answer questions about alcohol use
  • If you qualify, total compensation based on extent of participation in the study
  • Must be between 21 and 65 years of age
  • Must be eligible for fMRI

Narrative Theory and Eyeblink

We are looking for volunteers 21 – 65 years of age to participate in a one-session research study who drink alcohol.

  • Compensation ranges from $10-$60 based on extent of participation

Participation involves

  • Eyeblink measures
  • Computerized Assessments
  • Questions on alcohol & drug use
  • 1 session lasting between 2.5 – 3.5 hours
  • This is not a treatment study
  • All information is confidential
  • Travel compensation to Roanoke may be provided
  • If you qualify, total compensation based on extent of participation in the study
  • Must be 21-65 years of age
  • Pregnant females will be excluded

Abuse Liability of Reduced Nicotine Content Cigarettes

Volunteers ages 18-65 needed for an 8-session confidential cigarette smoking study. Compensation up to $375 (based on extent of participation).

Participation involves:

  • Screening questions
  • Sessions lasting approximately 1.5 hours
  • Blood draws to measure plasma nicotine content
  • Smoking and cognitive tasks

THIS IS NOT A TREATMENT STUDY. Individuals under 110 lbs and females who are pregnant, lactating, or may become pregnant are excluded.

For more information call, text, 540-818-0664 or email arrc@vtc.vt.edu.

Episodic Future Thinking in Cocaine Users

Adults 18-65 needed for a one-session confidential research study to examine decision-making and craving in individuals who use cocaine.

  • Participation involves:
  • A single session lasting up to 3 hours
  • Decision making computerized tasks,
  • Questionnaires about cravings and preferences
  • Future-thinking task.

Compensation ranges from $10-$50 based on extent of participation. Travel compensation to Roanoke may be provided. Appointments available Monday-Friday 8am-8pm and weekends as needed.
This is not a treatment study.

For more information call, text, 540-315-0205 or email arrc@vtc.vt.edu.

  • *All participation is completely confidential. To learn more about these confidential studies, call, text, or email the ARRC staff at (540) 315-0205 or ARRC@vtc.vt.edu. 

     Visit http://j.mp/2eez4J0 to screen for Eligibility!