Addressing the addiction problem in the United States requires more than the work of official agencies and treatment centers. Understanding all of the aspects of addiction and how to combat it can take much more research and collaboration. In an effort to tackle more of these subjects, the Yale School of Medicine has partnered up with The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASAColumbia). The combined forces of these renowned institutions will likely produce further breakthroughs in the field of addiction and relapse prevention.
“Combining the resources and talent of Yale, a leading source of research findings in almost every aspect of addiction, with CASAColumbia, an institution on the cutting-edge of translating scientific findings and disseminating information, is a momentous achievement in the fight against the disease of addiction,” explained the Chairman of CASAColumbia, Jeffrey B. Lane.
In order to get the most mileage out of this new partnership, directors have promised to focus on a variety of addiction-related issues. Psychiatry, public health, neuroscience, clinical trials, healthcare policy and biostatistics are all areas that will be explored by researchers at the new facility. Researchers will also investigate other addictions, such as gambling and food. Examining why and how a person can become so compulsively driven to do the same thing over and over again, despite health and relationship consequences, is important when looking for solutions to the problems by providing greater understanding.
CASAColumbia was founded in 1992 by Joseph A. Califano, Jr., former U.S. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare as well as Presidential Advisor. The organization originally focused on alcohol, tobacco, and drug use, abuse, and addiction, and assembled under one roof the skills needed to assess the impact of all addictive substances in all sectors of society.