Letter from the Director
Treatment & Recovery in the Post-COVID-19 Era
Dear Friends,
As I welcome 2021 with open arms, I want to convey to all of you a message of hope. When I reflect on the challenges and tragedies of 2020, I am inspired by the tremendous resiliency that I have seen from my colleagues, patients, community, and this country. Now, more than ever, our team is dedicated to ending the tragedy of addiction, in honor of the lives lost and to those who continue to suffer.
Prior to the pandemic, I could never have fathomed the many changes to our Center in such a short period of time:

  • Our research investigators adapted their research protocols and continued to make important new discoveries and contributions to the field.

  • Our faculty mentors remained dedicated to training their addiction psychiatry and post-doctoral research fellows remotely, so they can continue on their paths to become the next generation of clinicians and scientists.
As we set our sights on the year ahead, now is the time to start thinking about addiction and recovery in the post-COVID-19 era. I am very concerned about the worsening addiction crisis in this country, which has been fueled by a myriad of pandemic-related stressors. As the pandemic continues, so will the need for new discoveries, approaches to prevention, and access to addiction treatment.
We are geared up, with a renewed vision of what we can accomplish, despite the setbacks. We have a bright future ahead of us and I know now, more than ever, that there is nothing that can stand in our way.
Professor & Director, U-M Addiction Center
New Resource Alert
The TIP 26 is the Gold-Standard Guide for Treating Substance Use Disorder in Older Adults
Dr. Frederic Blow chaired the Consensus Panel for this important resource designed to help providers and others better understand how to identify, manage, and prevent substance misuse in older adults. This includes strategies to help providers improve their older clients' social functioning, and resources for families and caretakers. Learn more
Research Highlights
More Than Half of People Using Cannabis for Pain Experience Multiple Withdrawal Symptoms
A team of Addiction Center researchers, led by Dr. Lara Coughlin conducted a study and found that more than half of people who use medical marijuana products to ease pain also experience clusters of multiple withdrawal symptoms when they’re between uses. Learn more
Co‐development of alcohol use problems and antisocial peer affiliation in adolescents and young adults
T-32 Post-Doctoral Fellow, Dr. Sarah Brislin, led a study showing friendship with deviant or delinquent peers in childhood is an important genetically influenced risk factor for early alcohol use and problematic alcohol use into adulthood. Learn more
Depression Care Suboptimal for Patients With Comorbid Substance Use Disorders
Patients with co-occurring depression and substance use disorders may be less likely to receive optimal depression treatment than those with depression alone, according to a study led by Dr. Lara Coughlin and Dr. Allison Lin. Learn more
Using Alone and Reinventing Recovery: How COVID-19 Is Upending Addiction and Treatment
In the Fall 2020 issue of Medicine at Michigan, LJ (UMATS patient) shares his journey about the challenges and triumphs of recovery during the pandemic. Learn more.
Considerations for Remote Delivery of Behavioral Economic Interventions for Substance Use Disorder During COVID-19 and Beyond
Lara Coughlin, Ph.D. and colleagues discuss how behavioral economic treatments can leverage remote monitoring and personalized medicine to deliver gold-standard remote substance use treatment. Learn more.
Virtual Resources
Virtual Substance Use & Recovery Resources
We've compiled a list of links to online support groups (AA, NA, etc.), virtual meetings, 24-hour helplines, text lines, and other important recovery and mental health resources. Learn more