We cover a lot of studies, research and surveys about addiction here. We want to keep ourselves and our readers informed and up-to-date on what’s happening in the world of recovery and try to include a well-rounded list of topics as we go. As we seek out stories to share and report on, sometimes we find ourselves questioning where the focus of some of the research really is.
Finding trends in drug use, admissions, treatment outcomes, recovery resources, potential new medications, etc. is all worthwhile and important, but how much of the research into some areas is being done for the sake of the research process rather than the intended outcome? In other words, is some of the money spent on this research better off being given to programs, services and organizations that already get results in the addiction treatment field?
Don’t get us wrong, research has to continue and is a great thing necessary for advancements and discoveries. However, billions of dollars are given out each year for all kinds of things and some studies appear to be a bit of a stretch, whereas the millions the learning institution may have received to conduct it could have gone to successfully treating people instead of injecting things into rats.
The four main governmental organizations responsible for addiction and mental health matters include the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the National Institute on Mental Health (NIMH) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). If some of these seem a bit redundant, it’s because there is definitely some overlap. Government isn’t known for being efficient.
Our intent here is simply to indicate that the whole point of the addiction treatment and prevention field should continue to be more about recovery and health. The vast majority of the publicly-funded spending should go toward programs that demonstrate positive change in individuals, families and communities.
In the meantime, we’ll keep helping people with successful interventions and treatment programs and also keep sharing information we feel people might find interesting or helpful.