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The ALPHA Study is recruiting veterans between the ages of 18 and 75 years old who may have posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and would like reduce or stop drinking or using drugs. Eligible participants will receive eight weeks of treatment and compensation for their time.


For more information, email, call 792-HELP (843-792-4357), or complete the online screener

Coordinator: Jacelyn Lane - 843-792-8187    

RAs: Stephanie Jeffirs - 843-792-3788  


Couples Study

MUSC is seeking couples who drink alcohol for a research study testing the effects of a new medication on couples’ communication skills. Both members of each couple must be willing to participate in order to be eligible. Couples will be compensated for their time. Information is kept strictly confidential. Please call (843) 792-8187 for more information.

For more information, please email, call 843-792-8187, or complete the online screener

Coordinator: Jacelyn Lane - 843-792-8187     RA: Charli Kirby - 843-792-5355


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PaNACea Study

The PANACEA Study is recruiting individuals between the ages of 18 and 70 years old who have experienced a trauma and drink alcohol. This study is a randomized clinical trial investigating the effect of an investigational medication combined with therapy in reducing both posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and alcohol use. If eligible, participation would include 12 weekly visits and compensation will be provided. 

For more information, email, call 792-HELP (843-792-4357) or complete the online screener

Coordinator: Stacey Sellers - 843-792-5807   RA: Nelly Topa 843-792-2522



                                   PATRIOT Study

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The Patriot Study examines how Doxazosin (a blood pressure medication) reduces PTSD symptomology and alcohol craving, while also reducing the amount of medication required. This is an 8 week clinical trial and requires the Veterans’ attendance to the Substance Abuse Treatment Clinic (SATC) at the VA. Veterans between the ages of 21-70 who struggle with both PTSD and AUD are eligible to apply. A neuroimaging component is available to those who qualify.

For more information, please contact: 

Noel Mazzulo - 843-789-7193       &       Chris DeLeon - 843-876-0736              


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The STAR Study is recruiting veterans between the ages of 18 to 70 years old for a randomized clinical trial with chronic pain that use pain medication (opiates). The study involves 11 therapy sessions for pain and will examine the benefits of adding a non-invasive brain stimulation technique (tDCS) to cognitive behavioral therapy. 

For more information, please contact:

Coordinator: Kenneth Ayers - 843-764-7309   RA: Shayla Lester - 843-792-0291



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