Center for the Study of Addictions and Recovery

Director: Alexandre Laudet

The Center for the Study of Addictions and Recovery (C-STAR), created in 2003, is dedicated to advancing knowledge about the psychosocial factors and processes that contribute to addictive behaviors as well as to the initiation and maintenance of stable recovery from addictions. C-STAR's recovery-focused research takes the perspective that addiction and its resolution are long-term, dynamic processes that need to be examined over time to identify factors that promote and threaten recovery at various stages of the process.

Drawing from both quantitative and qualitative methods, our studies seek to learn from the experiences of individuals at various stages of addiction and recovery with the goal of informing clinicians, policy makers and the recovery community, about helpful resources and strategies (including but not limited to formal treatment and self-help fellowships), unmet needs, barriers to recovery, as well as about the positive message that long-term recovery is a reality for many. Future research directions include international studies to investigate whether and how different societal approaches to addiction influence how addiction develops and how recovery is defined and achieved.


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Presentations and Abstracts:

» Exploring the recovery process: Patterns, supports, challenges and future directions (A. Laudet, 2005)

» Building the Science of recovery presented at the May 2, 2008 Recovery Symposium

» Twelve-step participation among polysubstance users: Longitudinal patterns, effectiveness, and (some) mechanisms of action (A. Laudet, 2008) presented at the Annual Scientific meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism, Washington, DC.