Addiction is one of the greatest public health crises of our time, with staggeringly high rates of mortality, disease, and disability.
We need scientific research to improve the effectiveness of addiction treatment and recovery efforts, to find out what is and what is not working, and why certain pathways to recovery work for some individuals and not others.
At the Recovery Research Institute, we know that stable and long-term recovery from alcohol and other drug use disorders is possible. Rates of recovery can continue to be improved through focused scientific investigation and a commitment to public education.
to enhance recovery through science, conducting and disseminating the most up-to-date research findings for individuals, families, healthcare professionals, and policymakers alike.
Our groundbreaking research has changed everything from the way addiction is talked about to the way it is treated, with notable findings that:
- Long-term recovery support services are key when treating a chronic illness such as addiction.
- Fun activities with others in recovery and building relationships with recovery role models is central to the recovery process for many.
- Words such as drug “abuse” and “abuser” increase stigmatized attitudes and act as a barrier to individuals seeking treatment.
We translate the technical science of addiction medicine to allow audiences at every level of expertise to understand and engage with important findings.
- Maintains recoveryanswers.org as a trusted source for addiction science with hundreds of consumable articles and useful resources.
- Publishes the Recovery Bulletin, a free monthly e-publication summarizing the latest and best research in addiction treatment and recovery.
- Manages the Addictionary™, a glossary of more than 200 terms that define and align the language of addiction, while also fighting stigma.
From grassroots to government, we inform the conversation on addiction recovery and treatment.
- Consultants to national organizations, federal agencies in the U.S. and foreign governments, contributors to the first ever U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health.
- Active across multiple social media platforms to increase awareness of ongoing and important updates in public policy news and information.
- Participates and organizes events annually to disseminate knowledge on addiction.
To enhance the public health impact of addiction recovery science through the summary, synthesis, and dissemination of scientific findings and the conduct of novel research.
Your support is needed to make this life-saving research possible. Join us in working to end this crisis.
To conduct research on successful sustained recovery, predictors of relapse, and emerging treatment technologies to enhance long-term recovery outcomes.
To increase efforts to advise state and federal governments about empirically-informed national alcohol and other drug strategy.
To train the next generation of scientists in addiction research.
CAREERS AT THE RECOVERY RESEARCH INSTITUTE