Addiction Sciences Division (ASD)
ASD is a research and treatment division housed within the Institute of Psychiatry. This facility provides state-of-the-art clinical research units and basic science laboratories. This allows the integration of clinical care with clinical and basic research in an effort to determine the mechanisms underlying addiction and to develop the best treatment for the addicted patient.
Charleston Alcohol Research Center (ARC)
Initially funded in December 1995 and renewed through 2015, the ARC has greatly enhanced the ASD with this grant from NIAAA establishing a National Alcohol Research Center. This is one of a select group of alcohol research centers in the US. The ARC supports five major basic science and clinical research initiatives designed to develop and improve new treatments for alcohol abuse and dependence. Additionally, the ARC supports pilot projects, an Administrative Core, and a Shared Resources Core.
Neurobiology of Addiction Research Center (NARC)
The primary goal of the Neurobiology of Addiction Research Center (NARC) is to identify the neurobiological basis of why an addict’s motivation to obtain cocaine is so great, and why their ability to develop behaviors that compete with drug use is impaired. To accomplish this goal, we have brought together cell biologists, behavioral neuroscientists and clinicians whose careers are devoted to finding new, and effective cures for addiction.
There are presently four clinical training sites available for clinical research and training. These include the inpatient facility within the Center for Drug and Alcohol Programs (CDAP) at the Institute of Psychiatry, the nearby Charleston Center (County) Department of Alcohol and other Drug Abuse Services, the Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and the CDAP community-based outpatient facility.
Basic Science Sites
Fully equipped basic science laboratories are located within the ASD, the Strom Thurmond Biomedical Research Building, and the Department of Neuroscience. The latter two are located across the street from the Institute of Psychiatry.