Research from the Medical and Public Health Communities

Our research pages provide parents with information to help them better understand adolescent and young adult psychological development, mental health and substance abuse issues as well as treatment, recovery, and wellness.

DEFINITION OF MENTAL HEALTH & ADDICTION RECOVERY:

“A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self- directed life, and strive to reach their full potential”. SAMHSA, 2010

Four dimensions that support recovery (SAMHSA):

  • Health
  • Home
  • Purpose
  • Community
  • 10 Guiding Principles of Recovery (SAMHSA)

  • Hope
  • Person-driven
  • Many Pathways
  • Peers Support
  • Relational
  • Culture
  • Addressing Trauma
  • Strengths/Responsibility
  • Respect
  • For more information please visit SAMHSA website at

    DEFINITION OF ADDICTION

    “Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors.

    Addiction is characterized by inability to consistently abstain, impairment in behavioral control, craving, diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships, and a dysfunctional emotional response. Like other chronic diseases, addiction often involves cycles of relapse and remission. Without treatment or engagement in recovery activities, addiction is progressive and can result in disability or premature death.” American Society of Addiction Medicine, 2016

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