Clearly, a case can be made for this kind of research if it is highly likely to lead to effective treatments for addiction. What troubles me is that there was no mention of treatment in this article. I would hope that and IRB would require a study of this type to try to engage participants into treatment–really try to engage them into treatment of adequate duration and intensity that addresses all of their barriers to recovery.
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I have been an addiction professional and social worker since 1994. I started blogging in 2005 as the Clinical Director at Dawn Farm. I no longer work at Dawn Farm and am now the Director of Behavioral Medicine at a community hospital, and a lecturer at Eastern Michigan University’s School of Social Work. Views expressed here are my own. Keep in mind that the field, the contexts in which the field operates, and my views have changed over time. View all posts by Jason Schwartz