Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez

In this session, representatives from the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) discussed relevant Common Rule requirements and what goes into a meaningful informed consent for research involving participants with substance use disorders.


Addictology Journal Call For Papers

ICUDDR is sponsoring a special edition of the journal Addictology. The special edition will be on the emergence of specialized education programs for drug demand reduction.

ICUDDR are interested in paper submissions that may include case studies of new program development, community and country needs assessment outcomes, reviews and analysis regarding the history, current state or potential future of education on drug demand reduction.

Deadline: February 15th, 2021

Send manuscripts to: journal [dot] adiktologie [at] lf1 [dot] cuni [dot] cz


Trajectories of psychological distress during recovery from polysubstance use disorder

Introduction: Polysubstance use is a prevalent substance use pattern with adverse effects on psychological distress and diminished treatment outcomes. Although polysubstance use often dominates clinical practice, the trajectories of substance use and psychological distress in the initial phase of treatment have been subject to few empirical investigations.

Material and Methods: 141 patients initiating inpatient or outpatient treatment for substance use disorder were followed for 12 months, using multiple assessments. We assessed psychological distress and substance use at baseline and at 3-, 6-, and 12-month follow-up visits. We implemented an SMS tracker of substance use during follow-up to reduce the impact of missing data.

Results: Stable abstinence was associated with a lower baseline SCL-90-R score, as well as a more rapid symptomatic decline during the first 3 months of abstinence. Unstable abstinence was associated with higher GSI scores at baseline, but also with a significant drop in scores across the follow-up period. Relapse was associated with an initial drop in GSI scores, but a subsequent increase in GSI scores at later follow-ups.

Conclusions: Most participants had a rapid reduction of psychological distress during the first 3 months of abstinence. Elevated levels of psychological distress may indicate an increased risk of drug use or relapse and should be monitored carefully. Our findings highlight the importance of early screening for psychological distress in SUD treatment, and advocate the use of tentative diagnostic procedures in the early phase of treatment of PSUD.

Keywords: Polysubstance abuse, psychological distress, addiction, substance use disorder, Treatment, Recovery, SCL-90-R

Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez

August 27, 2019 // The William K. Warren Jr. "Frontiers in Neuroscience Conference" presents "Drug Use and Addiction Research: Progress, Priorities and Challenges" by Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez

Peer support is increasingly being recognized as a best practice intervention for rights-based, recovery-oriented mental health care around the world. However, much of the evidence for peer support comes from the Global North.

Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez

En este video, la Dra. Nora Volkow, Directora de NIDA nos explica sobre las bases neurobiológicas de los problemas por consumo de drogas.

Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez

Source: Kelly, J. F., Greene, M. C., Bergman, B. G., White, W. L. and Hoeppner, B. B. (2019), How Many Recovery Attempts Does it Take to Successfully Resolve an Alcohol or Drug Problem? Estimates and Correlates From a National Study of Recovering U.S. Adults. Alcohol Clin Exp Re.

Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez


The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine


Sober Social Networks: The Role of Online Support Groups in Recovery from Alcohol Addiction

The internet allows us to connect and interact with people from around the world. Online networks have increasingly been used as a source of health information.

A recent study has analysed evidence for the value of online social networks in supporting recovery from alcohol addiction. The research particularly looked at recovery capital in terms of addiction, self‐stigma and group identification.

Information was gathered from posts within the “stories of recovery” section of the online support group SoberRecovery.

Results from the study found that:

  • Self-stigma is positively correlated with negative emotion.
  • Surprisingly, self‐stigma and self‐efficacy were positively associated.
  • Social identification was negatively and moderately correlated to self‐stigma and negative emotion
  • The negative impact of self‐stigma on psychological well‐being was mediated by social identification with the online recovery group. This finding supports the view that social identification has a positive impact on psychological well‐being.
  • Surprisingly, social identification was linked with both psychological well‐being but reduced self‐efficacy.

Overall the research provides support for online recovery networks to be considered a valuable resource, alongside other therapeutic approaches. The results show that online recovery groups can help their members by reducing internalised stigma and negative emotions.

Kimberly Johnson

I love how this project (Recovery Research Institute) clarifies research. My students are very interested in the effects of cannabis given how prevalent it is in their environment.

Recovery Connects 2019

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United Kingdom

The Recovery Collective are pleased to announce Scotland's first ever alcohol and drug-free festival Recovery Connects at Queen's Park Arena on Sunday 12th May!

Alongside an amazing line up of acts, the festival will also provide addiction, mental health and homelessness services, recovery communities and local social enterprises an opportunity to set up stalls to promote the work they do whilst also entertaining the crowd with a range of family-based activities. 

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Addiction 101

Addiction 101

The Recovery Research Institute have developed a new website that aims to answer the most common questions asked about addiction.

Addiction 101 addresses questions such as:

  • What is the prevalence and cause of addiction?
  • What does addiction feel like and what is the potential impact?

The easy to use website also includes a list of commonly used definitions relating to addiction and lists links to several guides, resources, articles and books addressing addiction and evidence-based practice.