Center for Addiction Medicine


For individuals diagnosed with serious mental illness, quitting smoking has a net benefit

Weight gain is a prominent concern for individuals who quit smoking. While prior research has shown an overall net benefit of quitting smoking even when weight gain is considered (see here), individuals with mental illness are typically not included in this research. According to a recent study published in The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, individuals…MORE

The Association of Recovery Schools honors recovery research award recipients

On December 5th in Washington, D.C., the national Association of Recovery Schools hosted their Annual Recovery Research Awards Banquet. RRI director John F. Kelly, Ph.D. received the Recovery Researcher of the Year Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Advancement of Advocacy and Public Policy through Science. The awards banquet was attended by several staff from federal…MORE

Can benefits of brief interventions to curb drinking in primary care be extended to the pharmacy?

What problem does this study address? Dozens of randomized controlled trials suggest that brief interventions (30 minutes or less) delivered in primary health care settings can reduce drinking by 1 to 3 drinks per week, on average, and may also reduce the incidence of risky or problematic drinking (see here). The pharmacy is another potential…MORE

New Statement against the Use of Stigmatizing Language in the Addiction Field

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Substance use disorders (SUDs) are among the most highly stigmatized health conditions in the world which can have implications for help-seeking and treatment (see here for an infographic on stigma). The International Society of Addiction Journal Editors (ISAJE) released an addiction terminology statement recommending against the use of terminology that “can stigmatize people who use…MORE