The Institute For Addiction Study is a center of learning and training where innovative strategies relating to addiction are developed and shared that foster the acceptance of addicts as full and valued members of society.

At the Institute, we search out, review and present the latest information in addiction science in order to:

  • provide a conduit through which knowledge can flow from research to families and individuals in need
  • create treatment that is effective, humane and seeks to return the addict to his or her full potential with dignity
  • advocate for the welfare of addicts and promote policies that treat addiction as a disease and addicts as patients
We want to challenge current thinking about addiction in order to inform individuals, groups and families of the current controversies within addiction treatment so they can make informed decisions about recovery.

The Institute takes a broad and eclectic approach toward addiction and its treatment, but we believe that only through a synthesis of science with meaning, and medicine with spirituality will workable solutions to the problem of addiction present themselves.

Through scholarship, media production, community-based support and education, the Institute strives to provide clear advice and sound understanding regarding the disease of addiction.


Announcing our new DVD Memo to Self

Addiction is a potentially fatal illness - but it is also eminently recoverable. Certain professionals struggling with substance use disorders enjoy phenomenal success rates getting through early sobriety and into long-term remission of their addiction problems. What do they do? And what can we learn from them?

In this film, Dr. Kevin McCauley re-lives his own precarious early sobriety - negotiating hazards such as hostile prosecutors, treatment programs with divided loyalties, and his own craving brain. Following the advice of the Addiction Medicine experts who helped him, he replicates the sobriety habits and success of recovering pilots and health care professionals. By framing addiction not as a problem of moral choice but as a safety/risk management challenge, Dr. McCauley explains how recovery is neither rare nor random - with the right kind of support, it can even be expected.

This film will prove a valuable tool for therapists, counselors, recovery coaches and clinicians to introduce audiences to the concepts and practices of Recovery Management, and for people in early recovery and their families learning how to survive the first year of sobriety.


The intent of this website is to provide general health resources and information. It is not intended to provide medical advice on personal health matters, which should be obtained directly from a healthcare provider. The material/references are offered solely in an educational context and are therefore designed to support, not replace, any relationship that may exist between a patient/site visitor and his/her existing physician. Please consult your doctor before starting, changing or discontinuing any medical treatment.
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