A consumer’s guide to research on substance use disorders (part 3)

A couple days ago, I explained the challenges of making sense of research and introduced 8 questions that will help readers evaluate evidence and relevance to their work, goals, and lives. As if to drive the point home, I just saw a tweet by an advocacy group demanding access to "science-based treatment." That sounds great, … Continue reading A consumer’s guide to research on substance use disorders (part 3)

A consumer’s guide to research on substance use disorders (part 2)

Yesterday, I explained the challenges of making sense of research and introduced 8 questions that will help readers evaluate evidence and relevance to their work, goals, and lives. 1) What is the treatment or intervention being studied? It’s important to pay close attention to the intervention being studied. It is common for news reports about … Continue reading A consumer’s guide to research on substance use disorders (part 2)

A consumer’s guide to research on substance use disorders (part 1)

Reading about addiction and recovery can be overwhelming and confusing. Media reports and experts often make strongly worded statements that are contradicted by statements from other media sources and experts. Other times, they seem to negate or minimize the lived experience of people with drug or alcohol problems and their families. For example, it's very … Continue reading A consumer’s guide to research on substance use disorders (part 1)