THE PROPOSED PROGRAM
The Division of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse at NYU is the national leader for medical research on Twelve-Step based recovery from addiction. One major aspect of this research has been collaborative work with international Doctors in AA, NA World Services, and Young People in AA. They undertook this because of an appreciation that such research can open up the medical community to more effective referral to the fellowship.
Over the years there has been considerable support from independent foundations to study and improve addiction treatment. The government and private foundations, however, attribute surprisingly little importance to research on Twelve-Step recovery, in direct contrast to the appreciation of many in the recovering community of the role of AA and NA in saving countless lives. It is now important to undertake research in a number of areas of particular importance to validating the Twelve Step approach to recovery, for which conventional funding is not available.
Potential Research Projects
1. The Importance of Prayer in Stabilizing Abstinence: Step 11 makes clear how central prayer is to addiction recovery. Most doctors have no appreciation of the very real value of this prayer in stabilizing abstinence and facilitating spiritual renewal. If anything, the idea that prayer can be central to recovery is alienating to many physicians, as they are oriented to a narrowly defined biological model of the person, and have never been given research-based findings to support the value of prayer. Because of our Division’s unique collaboration with the NYU Neural Research Institute, we are in a position to demonstrate, by means of contemporary neuroimaging techniques (fMRI), the biologic validation of how recitation of prayer leaves people in Twelve-Step recovery less sensitive to triggers for addiction and relapse. We have already published the basis of this in recent findings in neuroscience, piloted this project, and have received institutional approval to go ahead when we have support for the full project.
2. NA as a Resource for Veterans for Combined Addiction and PTSD:
3. Recovery From Addiction Without Dependence on an Alternative Addictive Drug: Buprenorphine (e.g. Suboxone, Subutex) is an opioid which is addictive, in many ways like drugs such as heroin, methadone, and Percocet (oxycodone). Its use has been taking over the practice of many physicians in the addiction field, after considerable investment by the drug’s manufacturer for training in its use. Buprenorphine can have a useful role in opioid detoxification, but this should serve as a bridge to drug-free NA-based abstinence. Such a transition needs to be understood and studied, because many people are now just being left with an open-ended dependence on buprenorphine. We have the opportunity to collaborate with the Hazelden treatment
Conducting such research projects is highly complex, and requires appropriate staffing. In fact, the current research in spirituality and recovery is funded at $350,000 annually. Support is needed for projects like these.
Support is needed for research that will awaken doctors to the value of referring patients to AA/NA. Doctors are mainly influenced by published research in medical journals. This research can have a huge impact on influencing Doctors to refer patients to 12 step recovery programs.
We need support for research that will awaken doctors to the value of referring patients to AA/NA. Doctors are mainly influenced by published research in medical journals. This research can have a huge impact on influencing Doctors to refer patients to 12 step recovery programs.
Who are we?
We are The McShin Foundation
Founded in 2004, The McShin Foundation is Virginia’s leading non-profit, full-service Recovery Community Organization (RCO), committed to serving individuals and families in their fight against Substance Use Disorders (SUDs). While providing the tools for recovering individuals to create positive lifestyles, we aim to spread the word of recovery and educate families, communities, and government regarding SUDs as well as reduce the stigma attached to them.
The McShin Foundation is a great alternative for drug and alcohol treatment, drug and alcohol rehab, and drug and alcohol detox we continue to have the most affordable detox, recovery and sober living residences in the country, we are the Nation’s Leading Recovery Community Center.
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