Addiction experts from VTCRI and Stanford call for more neuroscience research on long-term recovery
Neuroscience affiliated faculty Bickel, pointed to the International Quit & Recovery Registry (IQRR) as an important research tool to advance understanding of long-term addiction recovery. Utilization of this tool could lead to better treatments for individuals who are not yet able to maintain long-term recovery, according to Bickel.
“There’s a clear need for advancement in our knowledge of recovery processes. We need more information – basic information – about how the brain functions and heals during recovery,” Bickel said. “Increasing the number of neuroscience studies and including longitudinal designs to understand how a person’s brain changes after a few years or a few decades in recovery could have substantial clinical, scholarly, and public policy benefits.”