April 2022 | Director's Letter
Dear Friends,

This Spring edition of our eNewsletter brings a multitude of research accomplishments, announcements, and resources. At the same time, we are incredibly shocked and saddened as we witness the situation in Ukraine, the destruction of this beautiful country, and the resulting humanitarian crisis.

For nearly two decades, the U-M Addiction Center was home to an NIH training grant, which focused on building sustainable substance use disorder research infrastructure in Poland and Ukraine. Our faculty mentored and trained several Ukrainian researchers, both here at U-M via our fellowship program, and abroad via on-site and virtual training workshops. It is our hope that the conflict in Ukraine will end immediately, and the country can rebuild and heal.

This is a stressful time for so many of us. Now is the time to (continue to) seek help. Everyone deserves the right to safety and stable recovery. Here is a resource on how to cope – and help – the situation in Ukraine. For recovery resources, visit our resource page.

Professor & Director, U-M Addiction Center
News Highlights
Giving Blueday
Giving Blueday was March 16, 2022. Thank you to everyone who participated - your support helped us raise over $5,000!

The Giving Blueday website was experiencing technical issues throughout the day. If you encountered an issue and were not able to make a contribution on Giving Blueday, there's still time to give. Learn more
A Heroic Night: Community Comes Together to Help Fight Addiction Stigma
On February 22, members of the Michigan Medicine and Ann Arbor community came together for a common purpose — to help fight addiction and the stigma that comes with it.

"We made 1,000 free tickets available to our community and all of those tickets were claimed,” said Fred Blow, Ph.D., director of the U-M Addiction Center. “That proves that addiction is not only an individual issue, but a community issue, as well." Learn more
Overcoming Alcohol-Related Liver Disease
The Michigan Alcohol Improvement Network is designed around holistically treating alcohol-related liver disease. When Sara Nabors was told that she only had a 50% chance of living, a unique team of doctors - including Anne Fernandez, Ph.D., Jessica Mellinger, M.D., M.Sc., and Scott Winder, M.D., intervened to save her life. Learn more
Telehealth for Opioid Use Disorder Toolkit
Announcing the Telehealth for Opioid Use Disorder Toolkit: Guidance to Support High-Quality Care, co-authored by Dr. Allison Lin. This is a free, 21-page resource geared toward healthcare providers, administrators and policymakers. Learn more
U.S. News & World Report: 22 Ways Alcohol Affects the Aging Process
Dr. Anne Fernandez provided expert commentary and information in a U.S. News & World Report slideshow on the excessive use of alcohol and its negative effects on the brain, body, and mood as we age. Learn more
Drinks in the Sunset Years: Why the Queen Has to Start Skipping her Favorite Martini
For those who are taking prescription medications, abstaining from alcohol is often recommended. Dr. Anne Fernandez is quoted in this Fox News piece. Learn more
Research Highlights
Using Social Media to Reduce Cannabis Use Among Emerging Adults
Erin Bonar, Ph.D., Maureen Walton, Ph.D., M.P.H., and colleagues developed a successful 8-week social media intervention aimed at reducing cannabis use among emerging adults. Learn more
New Risk Prediction Model for Opioid Misuse After Surgery Surpasses Accuracy of Previous Models
Developed by Dr. Anne Fernandez and other U-M researchers, this model has the potential to pinpoint those individuals most at risk of persistent opioid use. Learn more
Overdose Deaths Involving Cocaine or Meth Tripled in Shadow of Opioid Crisis
Drs. Laura Coughlin and Allison Lin contributed to a study on veterans that showed many fatal overdoses involving multiple substances; 70% of those who died with stimulants in their systems hadn’t received recent addiction treatment. Learn more
The Quest to Unlock Brain Functions Tied to Addiction
A study by Dr. Meghan Martz and other U-M researchers found four types of brain-function groups and found differences in cognitive control in the group that was the youngest and had greater cannabis use. This work may help explain differences in addiction and inform prevention and treatment efforts. Learn more
Faculty Spotlight
George Cameron Coleman, Jr., M.D., M.P.S
George Cameron (“Cam”) Coleman, Jr., M.D., M.P.S. joins us from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor and practicing physician with U-M Addiction Treatment Services (UMATS). Dr. Coleman provides medication management and other clinical care to patients with substance use disorders.
Post-Doctoral Fellow Spotlight
Elyse Thulin, Ph.D. is a NIAAA T-32 Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Michigan Addiction Center in the Department of Psychiatry. Her research focuses on the co-occurrence of traumatic exposures on adolescent and emerging adult development.
Upcoming Events
Mind Matters: Medications for Treating Addiction

Wednesday, April 13, 2022 | 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Mind Matters: Family and Addiction: How Families and Friends can Get Help & Support a Loved One with Addiction

Wednesday, May 11, 2022 | 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Watch previous Mind Matters sessions here.
Michigan Medicine Livestream: Exploring the Roots of Addiction: What You Need to Know to Reduce Your Risk
Monday, May 9, 2022 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Mental Health & Cannabis: Does a Gummy a Day Keep Anxiety Away?
Thursday, May 26, 2022 | 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Education & Resources
Marijuana Use & Early Psychosis
The Department of Psychiatry’s Alyssa Smith, M.S., LLP, and Jonathan Morrow, M.D., Ph.D., participated in a live Q&A examining the potential links between heavy marijuana use and the onset of early psychosis. Watch here
Visit our Resource Guide
The U-M Addiction Center resource guide includes free online support groups, 24-hour helplines, and other important recovery and mental health-related resources. Learn more