Addiction News & Events



January 2020: Quarterly E-Newsletter

March 2020: COVID-19 Addiction Center Update

April 2020: April is Alcohol Awareness Month



Families Against Narcotics Online Public Forum - Finding Peace in a Chaotic, Scary World

The turmoil in the world is taking an emotional toll, and for some, chipping away at the strength of their recovery from substance use disorder and codependency. Dr. Jonathan Morrow will explore these issues and identifies ways to cope.


Ann Arbor "Mile-a-Day" Marathon Challenge

Thanks to our partners at Epic Races, the U-M Addiction Center is one of the featured charities for this exciting virtual event. The event began on September 14 and will culminate on World Mental Health Day, October 10. There is still time to register for the full marathon. Registration starts soon for the 1/2 marathon. There is also the option to donate


Click here for a list of other featured events sponsored by our community partners.



September 11, 2020: Frontiers in Psychiatry: Reconsidering the Usefulness of Adding Naloxone to Buprenorphine

Dr. Jonathan Morrow co-authored an opinion piece on reasons to reconsider the usefulness of adding naloxone to buprenorphine.


August 31, 2020: National Overdose Awareness Day

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services recognizes Overdose Awareness Day and launches new partnership with EMS to provide more overdose antidote kits. View the press release here: Click here to get involved. 


August 18, 2020: M Health Lab: These Drugs Carry Risks and May Not Help, But Many Dementia Patients Get Them Anyway

From opioids and antipsychotics to antidepressants and anxiety medicines, a new study led by Dr. Donovan Maust looks at prescriptions among community-dwelling older adults with dementia.


July 30, 2020: Elemental: Covid ‘Cocktail Crisis’ Adds to America’s Serious Drinking Problem

Frederic C. Blow, Ph.D. was quoted in this important news story on how COVID-19 stresses have fueled the drinking pandemic, increasing the risk of premature death, especially for middle-aged adults.


July 30,2020: Medpage Today: Telehealth Can Be a Lifeline for Patients With Addictions. Is It Enough?

Allison Lin, M.D., was quoted in this story on how telemedicine has improved treatment access for some patients with substance use disorders during the pandemic, it doesn't meet all of the needs of an already vulnerable population.


July 24, 2020: Drug and Alcohol Dependence: Alcohol expectancies mediate the association between the neural response to emotional words and alcohol consumption

Sarah Brislin, Ph.D., & colleagues publish their research in Drug and Alcohol Dependence.


July 8, 2020:  Christian Science Monitor: Addiction, hope, and recovery in the time of COVID-19

Sarah Rollins, LMSW, and clinical therapist at U-M Addiction Treatment Services discusses the importance of social support for those struggling with addiction and how recovery is possible even during the isolation and anxiety of the pandemic via technology. “I just want to give a message of hope, this is not something that has to be a life sentence.” 


April 27, 2020: Michigan Medicine Facebook Livechat: Managing Addiction During Quarantine

Jonathan Morrow, M.D., Ph.D., from the University of Michigan Addiction Center, explains the strains that social distancing and the COVID-19 pandemic place on those struggling with addiction, and provides suggestions for getting help and prioritizing recovery during this challenging time. The video is produced by Michigan Medicine as part of the resources for COVID-19. 


April 17, 2020: The Wrap Michigan Medicine Podcast: The Wrap Podcast Provides Tips & Resources to Tackle Alcohol and Substance Abuse During COVID-19

This week, Frederic Blow, Ph.D., stopped by The Wrap employee podcast to discuss alcohol and substance abuse during times of crisis and stress.


April 7, 2020: Dealing with Isolation: Northwest Wayne Families Against Narcotics Family Forum Recorded Meeting

Dr. Blow discussed the impact of isolation on addiction recovery for both those with substance use disorder and their families, and will present approaches for dealing with the isolation we are all experiencing due to the Coronavirus pandemic.


February 20, 2020: MI Athletics: Why I'm Participating in the Big House 5K: Izzy Yardley

Hi! I'm Izzy. I am running the Big House 5K for the millions worldwide suffering from addiction and for their families who are affected by the disease. I run to support the U-M Addiction Center, and I run because I work for University of Michigan Addiction Treatment Services (UMATS). I run because I'm an alcoholic in recovery. Read more.


January 9, 2020: M-Health Lab: This drug could save their lives, but less than 2% of them get it.

 Drs. Allison Lin, Amy Bohnert, and colleagues published research in the Journal of General Internal Medicine finding that only 2% of people at risk for an opioid overdose actually are prescribed naloxone. 


January 3, 2020: Popular Science: How to maintain a buzz without getting drunk

Dr. Anne Fernandez was featured in the Popular Science article titled: How to maintain a buzz without getting drunk.


December 20, 2019: Altmetric Top 100 list in 2019

Dr. Maureen Walton (and colleagues) had a paper titled published in NEJM in early 2019 titled The Major Causes of Death in Children and Adolescents in the United States. The research came in at number 84 on this year's Altmetric Top 100 list in 2019, putting their paper in the top 0.007% of all discussed research this year!


November 14, 2019: AP News: Whitmer seeks to cut opioid deaths in half within 5 years

Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, left, Michigan's chief medical executive and the chief deputy for health at the state Department of Health and Human Services, announces initiatives to cut the number of opioid overdose deaths in half within five years during a news conference with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.


November 8, 2019: Institute for Research on Women & Gender: IRWG seed grant supports first-of-its-kind mHealth app for teen girls

Dr. Golfo Tzilos Wernette receives seed grant to develop the first known mobile app tailored for adolescent girls at risk for substance use and sexual risk taking.


November 5, 2019: Jamie Lee Curtis Opens Up on Her Drug Addiction and Recovery

Jamie Lee Curtis opens up about struggling with a Vicodin addiction for more than a decade early in her career. In February of 1999, she had a moment of clarity in the middle of the night that she says saved her life, and she started to take sobriety seriously after that day. 


November 1, 2019: The Scientist : Secrets in the Brains of People Who Have Committed Murder.

Dr. Lora Cope was featured in this article on brain differences of individuals who've committed murder.


October 11, 2019: National focus on overdose prevention should include alcohol too, study suggests

Addiction Center faculty, Anne Fernandez, M.A., Ph.D., Amy Bohnert, M.H.S., Ph.D., and colleagues published a new study on treatment for addiction that showed 90% had a history of alcohol overdose, and 80% of the time they were taking other addictive drugs at the time they overdosed.


September 30, 2019: The University Record: U-M teams receive $25.5M for opioid-related prevention, treatment research

U-M Addiction Center faculty Dr. Maureen Walton and Dr. Erin Bonar received $6.9 million for emergency department-based opioid risk screening and virtual counseling for teens and young adults. Dr. Mark Ilgen and Dr. Allison Lin, U-M Addiction Center faculty, received $4.7 million for telehealth-based treatment for adults with both opioid use disorder and chronic pain. 


August 5th, 2019: Elemental: Baby Boomers on a Drinking Binge

New research shows that one in 10 of them over 65 engages in college-style drinking behaviors. Dr. Blow weighs in.


July 29, 2019: Medicine at Michigan: The Opioid Epidemic: Now What?

Drs. Blow, Ilgen, Heitzeg, Blazes, Zucker, Bonar, Jouney, and Bohnert are all featured in Medicine at Michigan issue focused on the varied approaches to fighting the opioid epidemic, including innovations in both prevention and treatment — and why there might be “great reason for hope.”


July 27th, 2019: The Wrap Podcast: The Wrap highlights U-M Addiction Treatment Services

This week, Fred Blow, Ph.D. stopped by The Wrap to offer potentially life-saving information about U-M Addiction Treatment Services.


July 24th, 2019: Michigan Medicine Headlines:  It Saved My Life: How U-M Addiction Treatment Services Impacts Those Who Reach Out

A current U-M Addiction Treatment Services patient shares his journey to recovery.


July 2019: U-M Clinical Trials Community Newsletter: New Study Aims to Reduce Cannabis Use in Young Adults Through Social Media

The Behavior, Function, and Pain CTSU is currently supporting a behavioral study run entirely online and led by Principal Investigator, Erin Bonar, Ph.D. This study aims to reduce cannabis use in young adults aged 18 to 25.


July 17, 2019: NPR / Stateside: You can buy it at gas stations, but expert warns the drug Kratom is unregulated and under-researched

Dr. Edward Jouney joins Stateside to talk about the possible benefits and dangers of this drug, and what you should know before buying it. 


July 2nd, 2019: Detroit Free Press: Kratom: It's legal in Michigan and people are using it to get high. Here's what to know

But many doctors say kratom (pronounced KRAY-tum or KRAH-tum) is dangerous because it works like an opioid, can make users high and can also be habit-forming. Plus, experts say, there's no real scientific proof it can cure anything.


June 26, 2019: NPR / Stateside: In this era of legal cannabis, a doctor's warning

Dr. Christopher Blazes discusses the potential side effects of marijuana, and the need for additional research.


June 4, 2019: Legalized Cannabis Brings New Challenges for Health Care Providers

Dr. Christopher Blazes discusses marijuana’s growing availability and public acceptance , and its unintended consequence for users — including some who end up needing emergency care.


May 23, 2019: More research needed to understand benefits, harms of cannabis for pain

More research is needed to understand the harms and potential benefits of cannabis use among patients with chronic pain, Mark Ilgen, PhD, professor of psychiatry, director of the University of Michigan Addiction Treatment Services and research investigator in the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, said in a video interview at APA Annual Meeting.


May 21, 2019: MI Senate bills would allow librarians to administer Narcan

Three bills that would allow people such as librarians and teachers to administer treatments for opioid overdoses are being considered in Michigan's state Senate.


May 9, 2019: Opioid addiction: Michigan counties struggle to meet the need for treatment

Dr. Amy Bohnert was quoted in a Michigan News press release on the opioid crisis and the substantial barriers to accessing care across the state.


May 9th, 2019

How Elizabeth Warren Tackles The Opioid Epidemic In Her Latest Policy Plan

Dr. Erin Bonar was quoted in a Bustle article on Elizabeth Warren's plan to tackle the opioid epidemic.


May 8th, 2019

Stark racial, financial divides found in opioid addiction treatment

Sharp growth in appointments for buprenorphine prescriptions mainly involved white patients; and three-quarters of prescriptions go to those who pay cash or have private insurance.


April 15th, 2019: USA Today

Fentanyl: 12 questions about the hidden drug that's killing people every day

Dr. Christopher Blazes was quoted in a Detroit Free Press article on the dangers of Fentanyl. 


April 4th, 2019: The New England Journal of Medicine

Coorespondence: Understanding Links among Opioid Use, Overdose, and Suicide

Drs. Amy Bohnert and Mark Ilgen were referred to in NEJM letter to the editor on their review article: Understanding the Link among Opioid Use, Overdoes, and Suicide.


March 28th, 2019: The Virginian Pilot

Opioids played a role in nearly half of Virginia’s lost medical licenses over the past two decades

Dr. Edward Jouney was interviewed for a Virginian-Pilot article on the loss of medical licenses due to opioid abuse or irresponsible prescribing.


March 1th, 2019: Michigan Radio

New program will train doctors to better treat opioid addiction

Dr. Edward Jouney was interviewed by Michigan Radio.


March 2019: Bridge MI

Suicides, often linked to opioids, spike in rural Michigan and among young

Drs. Amy Bohnert and Mark Ilgen were interviewed for a story on the link between opioid use and suicide.


March 5th, 2019

Dr. Christopher Blazes participated in a “Experts’ Roundtable on Implementing Evidence-based Strategies to Reduce Opioid Overuse, Misuse, and Overdose” in Washington DC, which was organized by the CDC.


March 2019

Congratulations to Dr. Kirk Brower who was appointed as faculty director of the new Michigan Medicine Wellness Office and chief wellness officer for the U-M Medical School.


March 2019: New Grant Award

Dr. Mark Ilgen been awarded a VA Research Career Scientist Award - the highest funded level of career recognition for VA PhD researchers. The award recognizes his research on substance use as well as suicide prevention. This award will fund Mark’s VA effort for the next five years – congratulations!


March 2019: New Addiction Center Grant Award

Drs. Laura Cope, Jonathan Morrow and Mary Heitzeg received a MICHR Pathway to First Grant Award. The team will study “Incentive-sensitization and human addiction risk: A behavioral and fMRI investigation.”


February 2019: New Addiction Center Grant Award

Enhancing Mental Health Care Through Mobile Health Technology

Drs. Amy Bohnert and Srijan Sen were awarded funding from Precision Health for a project.


March 19th, 2019:  Action 4/Click on Detroit/All About Ann Arbor

Science on Screen brings film about addiction, bipolar disorder to Michigan Theater April 30


February 25th: M-Health Blog

New Clinic Promotes Shared Care to Treat Alcohol-Related Liver Disease

Drs. Scott Winder and Anne Fernandez were quoted in a new Michigan Medicine blog.


January 10th, 2019: M Health Lab

More Than Half of People Taking Cannabis for Chronic Pain Report Driving While High

New study finds worrisome statistics around medical cannabis users operating vehicles.


January 7th, 2019: Institute For Healthcare Policy & Innovation

Opioids Fueled a Doubling of Suicides and Overdoses in the U.S.

Turning the tide demands improvements to pain care, mental health care and medication-assisted opioid addiction care, researchers say.


January 2nd, 2019: Chicago Tribune

More evidence that abuse of Xanax, Valium is on the rise

Dr. Maust discusses how young adults are most likely to misuse benzos, which are typically prescribed to treat conditions like anxiety and depression.


November 2nd, 2018: Michigan Health Lab

Cannabis On The Ballot: What Researchers Think You Should Know

Dr. Meghan Martz offered a commentary on recreational and medical marijuana, the state of knowledge about the drug and its derivatives.


October 19th, 2018: U-M Precision Health Investigator Award

Precision Prevention of New Persistent Opioid Use Following Surgery: A machine learning-based treatment approach

Dr. Anne Fernandez was announced as a 2018 U-M Precision Health Investigator Award winner!


October 8th, 2018: Michigan Health Blog

How to Address a Drinking Problem

Dr. Allison Lin was featured in a blog on how to determine of a person's alcohol consumption is unhealthy, and why having the conversation is crucial.


October, 2018: Published Book

Sign-Tracking and Drug Addiction

How does drug addiction happen? Dr. Jonathan Morrow published a book on the study of sign-tracking and the drug addiction process.


September 12th, 2018: Michigan Health Blog

Why It's So Difficult to Recover from Substance Use Disorders

Impacted by genetics and life experience, addiction can vary by individual. Learn about the biology and treatment options that can help.


September 10th, 2018: Annals of Internal Medicine

Pain, Opioids, and Suicide Mortality in the United States

Dr. Mark Ilgen discusses the findings from the recent study by Petrosky and colleagues that show an increase in suicides among persons with chronic pain, and is a potentially lethal consequence of suffering in patients with pain.


September 10th, 2018: CBS, Los Angeles

Study suggests pain could be risk factor for suicide

Dr. Mark Igen discusses the relationship between chronic pain, opioids, and suicide and the importance suicide risk assessment for suicide prevention.


September 6th, 2018: Michigan Medicine Headlines

Addiction Center Helps Individuals Get on the Road to Recovery

“Substance abuse and addiction is a disease, not a moral failing,” said Fred Blow, Ph.D., director of the Addiction Center at Michigan Medicine. “And there is no shame in an individual seeking treatment for such a disease, just as they would any other health condition.”


July 20th, 2018: New Grant Awarded to University of Michigan Addiction Center Faculty, Dr. Erin Bonar

Dr. Erin Bonar was awarded a new grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) titled: Harnessing social media to reduce cannabis use among adolescents and emerging adults in an urban emergency department. The funding period is through June 2021.


July 13th, 2018: Michigan Health Lab

Signs and Symptoms of Addiction in Medical Professionals

Licensed medical professionals face just as much risk of a substance use disorder as the general population, and they have a higher likelihood of opioid misuse, says Dr. Edward Jouney.


July 4th, 2018: The University of Michigan Addiction Center was the featured charity for the Firecracker 5k

The Firecracker 5k was a huge success with over 1,100 participants! A special thank you to Epic Races for supporting the University of Michigan Addiction Center.


June 26th, 2018: Michigan Health

How to Spot Signs of Opioid Addiction

Dr. Jonathan Morrow discussed the use of an 11-point checklist to help determine if a person’s opioid use signals a deeper problem. 


June 19th, 2018: NIH News Release

Methadone and buprenorphine reduce risk of death after opioid overdose

NIH research confirms effective treatments for opioid use disorder are underutilized.


June 8th, 2018: Michigan Health Lab

Michigan’s New Opioid Rules, Explained

As the opioid epidemic worsens, government is introducing new legislation that has many upset. Learn from an expert in pain medication what it really means for health care providers.


May 18th, 2018: Michigan Health

Do You Have a Drinking Problem? 11 Warning Signs to Know

 Doctors consider multiple factors when gauging a patient’s alcohol issues and advising proper treatment. Dr. Anne Fernandez explains the approach.


May 16th, 2018: Bridge MI

Michigan Roulette: The rise of a deadly street opioid

A new Bridge MI article references Dr. Amy Bohnert’s work on the Michigan Opioid Collaborative initiative.


May 11th, 2018: Health Affairs

Meeting The Opioid Challenge: Getting Naloxone to Those Who Need it Most

Dr. Amy Bohnert and collaborators authored a piece for this Health Affairs blog.


May 4th, 2018: Michigan Health

Chronic Pain Therapy Group Eases Coping, Conversation

A new Michigan Medicine program aims to teach patients about alternate and effective ways to deal with discomfort, and to find strength in each other.


May 4th, 2018: The University Record

More funding needed in opioid battle, researcher says

More funding is needed to address the opioid epidemic that is projected to cost the United States economy $200 billion by 2020, U-M researcher Rebecca Haffajee says. An article she co-authored suggests hundreds of millions of federal dollars are needed in specific programs to help save lives and mitigate other immediate harms.


May 1st, 2018: ASAM Weekly

When Raised Among Drug and Alcohol Abuse, What Makes Some Teens ‘Resilient’?

Dr. Meghan Martz and colleagues examined functional MRI and performance testing data in 57 participants of the Michigan Longitudinal Study to better understand why some young adults in families with addiction are less prone to subsequent substance misuse. The participants with more resilience showed heightened activation in the prefrontal cortex but no difference in the processing of rewards.


April 24th, 2018: Michigan Health Lab

When Raised Among Drug and Alcohol Abuse, What Makes Some Teens ‘Resilient’?

Kids with a family history of substance use are likely to mimic those behaviors. Dr. Martz and colleagues studied their brain activity to see why certain youths do not.


April 18th, 2018: The University Record

Opioid Solutions promotes collaborative approach to epidemic:

The new Opioid Solutions community, a resource developed by the U-M's Office of Research, Injury Prevention Center and Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, serves as a central hub for U-M research, educational activities and community outreach related to opioids.


April 13th, 2018: The University Record

Group offers free screening tools for Alcohol Awareness Month

A2C3 is urging members of the community to consider the role that alcohol plays in their lives by hosting a series of alcohol screening events on and off campus as part of Alcohol Awareness Month.


April 11th, 2018: Inside Higher Ed

Confronting the Opioid Crisis

Nursing colleges add curricula to deal with a growing public health problem.


April 6th, 2018: Michigan Medicine Headlines

Department of Psychiatry Offers Addiction Treatment, Recovery Resources For Health Professionals

U-M Addiction Treatment Services (UMATS) offers a specialized program designed for health care workers battling addiction or other mental health problems.


March 13th, 2018: Bridge

Michigan falls short in frontline treatment for opioid crisis

Michigan has more people dying of opioid overdoses than physicians trained to prescribe a drug that may save their lives.


February 16th, 2018 : Book

Alcohol Use Disorders: A Developmental Science Approach to Etiology

Edited by Hiram E. Fitzgerald and Leon I. Puttler

2018: Oxford University Press

This book, a product of contributions presented during the April 2015 Festschrift celebration of Dr. Robert Zucker’s substance abuse research career, focuses on developmental issues relating to the etiology and progression of alcohol use disorders from infancy to early adulthood.  The speakers, along with 40 other nationally known researchers contributed chapters on their work and its interface with Dr. Zucker’s contributions.  Among the authors were Department of Psychiatry faculty: Drs. Cranford, Heitzeg, and Hicks, and a number of other UM and affiliated faculty: Drs. Buu, Puttler, Schulenberg, Trucco, and Wong.


January 31st, 2018: The Today Show

The ABCD Study Featured on the Today Show

The ABCD Study was featured on the Today Show in a wonderful segment where Dr. Susan Bookheimer was interviewed by NBC special correspondent Maria Shriver.


December 20th, 2017: Michigan Health

Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction: What’s Available, What Works

One expert recommends that everyone battling opioid use disorder keep Narcan at home for emergencies — and seek information about available addiction therapies.


December 14th, 2017: NIH News Release

Vaping popular among teens; opioid misuse at historic lows

NIH’s 2017 Monitoring the Future survey shows both vaping and marijuana are more popular than traditional cigarettes or pain reliever misuse.


December 6th, 2017: M Health Lab

These Surgeons Cut Opioid Prescriptions Dramatically, With No Increase in Pain

Guidelines developed from gallbladder patient data and interviews form the basis of a new effort to right-size opioid prescribing for many operations.


December 4th, 2017

Campaign Seeks To Fight The Stigma Of Addiction Through Community Conversations

A series of community discussions and an interactive website featuring the stories of the opioid crisis will launch in Pennsylvania next year as part of a campaign to reduce the stigma associated with drug addiction.


December 1st, 2017: Book

Physician Mental Health and Well-Being: Research and Practice

Drs. Kirk Brower and Michelle Riba’s book titled, “Physician mental health and well-being: research and practice” received a very positive review, which appeared in the December 2017 issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry.


November 22nd, 2017

On November 28, The Addiction Center is participating in Giving Blueday

Learn more about what the U-M Addiction Center is doing to treat addiction and how you can help make an even bigger impact Giving Blueday. 


November 3rd, 2017

Addressing and Preventing Adolescent Substance Use: 2017 Connection Session

The Adolescent Health Initiative is offering a free training session on addressing and preventing adolescent substance use, on November 3rd, 2017 at Washtenaw Community College. 


October 24th, 2017: IHPI

Violence, addiction, suicide & beyond: Mark Ilgen helps Capitol Hill audience understand current knowledge

Amid a national crisis of substance use and overdose, and rising suicide rates, the national Injury and Violence Prevention Network sponsored a briefing for members of Congress and their staff on the intersections between these issues on Oct. 24.  Addiction Center faculty, Mark Ilgen, Ph.D., who has studied these issues, spoke about the current state of knowledge and called for further research. 


October 18th, 2017: M Health Lab

How Primary Care Doctors Can Help Patients Beat Opioid Addiction

General physicians can deliver medication-assisted treatment with help from team members they probably already have in their clinics, a new analysis concludes.


October 12th, 2017: IHPI

IHPI Research Seminar Series "The Opioid Epidemic in Washtenaw County - Addiction, Overdose and Paradox"

Adreanne Waller, M.P.H. Epidemiologist, Washtenaw County Public Health will speak on October 12th from 4-5pm at North Campus Research Complex (NCRC) Building 10, Research Auditorium


August 9th, 2017

Golfo Tzilos, Ph.D. recognized at APA with early career award

Golfo Tzilos, Ph.D., was recognized in Washington D.C., at the American Psychology Association Convention this month, for her work identifying “Psychosocial Correlates of Marijuana Use Among Pregnant and Non-Pregnant Adolescent Girls."


August 8th, 2017

Dr. Erin Bonar has been appointed as a Visiting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Family and Community Health, School of Nursing

Dr. Erin bonar has been appointed as a visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Family and Community Health in the School of Nursing. Dr. Bonar will work closely with Dr. José Bauermeister's research team in the Program for Sexuality, Technology & Action Research and bring her expertise in Motivational Interviewing to his team and the department.


August 3rd, 2017: M Health Lab

New CDC Funding for U-M Injury Center Probes Solutions to the Opioid Epidemic and Injuries Nationally

Injuries are a leading cause of death — and completely preventable. To bolster research in this area, the U-M Injury Center just received new federal funding.


August 2nd, 2017

Symposium: Opioids and Stimulants: Use and Abuse

This symposium will feature experts in the neurobiology and pharmacology of opioid and cocaine actions in both human and animal models, as well as in the detection and forensics of these drugs in our communities.


July 21st, 2017: M Health, Wellness and Prevention

'True Blood' Actor’s Death Spotlights Danger of Alcohol Withdrawal

Cutting out alcohol without medical guidance can be dangerous for chronic drinkers, as shown by the death of Nelsan Ellis. Learn more about safe withdrawal methods.


July 20st, 2017

Dr. Bob Zucker Awarded NACoA’s 2017 Margaret Cork Award

In June, the National Association for Children of Addiction (NACoA) presented Robert Zucker, Ph.D., with the 2017 Margaret Cork Award, the organization’s oldest award.


July 19th, 2017: M Health Lab

Prescription Tracking Tackles Misuse of Opioids and Other Drugs — But Results Vary

Prescription drug monitoring programs could help fight a national epidemic and boost the effort to get people treatment, research shows. But states differ widely in implementation.


June 27th, 2017: Michigan News

More than half of all opioid prescriptions go to people with mental illness

"Despite representing only 16 percent of the adult population, adults with mental health disorders receive more than half of all opioid prescriptions distributed each year in the United States," said Matthew Davis, lead author of the study and assistant professor at the U-M School of Nursing.


June 12th, 2017: M Health Lab

Risky Bingeing: Women in Appalachian Ohio Report Higher Rates of Alcohol Misuse

How much alcohol women drink may depend on where they live. A new study finds one-fifth of women in Appalachian Ohio imbibe at alarming levels.


May 19th, 2017: M Health Blog

Science Says: Addiction Is a Chronic Disease, Not a Moral Failing

Understanding the brain’s role in addiction can help break the stigma surrounding the illness — and encourage individuals to seek help.


May 15th, 2017: Michigan Medicine

Spring cleaning that can save lives: May 20 drug takeback events in five Michigan cities

Free, no-questions-asked chance to get opioids and other unneeded medicines out of the house, organized by U-M opioid-reduction project. 


May 1st, 2017: School of Nursing

American Nurses Association Endorses Position Statement on Substance Use Among Nurses and Nursing Students, Authored by UMSN Professor

The American Nurses Association (ANA) has endorsed a joint position statement from the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) and the International Nurses Society on Addictions (IntNSA) that encourages a focus on prevention, treatment and recovery for nurses and nursing students with substance use and related disorders, as opposed to punishment.


March 13th, 2017: M Health Lab

Why One Pain Specialist Hasn’t Prescribed an Opioid in 10 Years

Opioids don’t work for most people with chronic pain. A pain expert explains why doctors should consider other options for their patients.


March 10th, 2017: M Health Lab

Drug Use Drops After ER Visits Used as ‘Teachable Moments’

In a randomized controlled trial, a brief talk with a counselor helped ER patients reduce drug misuse, and a “virtual therapist” on a tablet also showed promise.


March 7th, 2017: M Health Blog

Uncover New Insights into Childhood Brain Developments

U-M is recruiting parents and children for a unique opportunity: paid participation in a national study of healthy brain development.


March 6, 2017: The Boston Globe

$25m Gift to Help Launch Opioid Treatment Center

The Grayken Center for Addiction Medicine will open at Boston Medical Center. In disclosing their gift of $25m to fund the center, John Grayken and his wife, Eilene said they usually do charitable giving anonymously, but are going public to destigmatize addiction and encourage others to follow their lead.


February 14th, 2017: M Health Lab

Use of Risky Brain-Affecting Drug Combinations Rising Among Seniors

Opioids, tranquilizers, antidepressants and antipsychotics affect the central nervous system, and combining them can put older people at risk. But new data show concerning prescribing trends.


January 27th, 2017: UM School of Nursing

Clinical Associate Professor Stephen Strobbe has been selected for a Fulbright Flex U.S. Scholar grant

Screening adolescents for substance use will be the focus of the award through collaboration with the University of São Paulo (USP) at Ribeirão Preto College of Nursing in Brazil.


January 23rd, 2017: NPR

Rural Colorado's Opioid Connections Might Hold Clues To Better Treatment

As the drug use reaches into more communities across the country, researchers are scrambling to both diagnose what causes some people and some regions to be more susceptible to opioid abuse, and to devise solutions.


January 17th, 2017: Healio / O7P News

VA program reduced prescriptions of 'risky' opioid dosages for veterans

A new digital tracking system was behind the decrease — suggesting a potential partial solution that other health systems could adopt to fight the opioid epidemic.


January 13th, 2017: M Health Lab

Fewer Veterans Got Risky Opioid Prescriptions Thanks to National VA Effort

The Opioid Safety Initiative (OSI), established by the Veterans Health Administration (VA) in 2013, created a dashboard tool that used a national computerized medical record and allowed clinicians at 141 VA hospitals to review opioid prescribing and receive feedback.


January 10th, 2017: Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation

National VA effort reduced risky opioid prescriptions for veterans

Reductions in highest doses through computer “dashboard” and prioritizing painkiller safety suggests other large health systems could do the same.


December 12th, 2016: M Health Lab

Study: Rural Communities See Steep Increase in Babies Born with Opioid Withdrawal

The rate of babies exposed to opioids in utero is increasing dramatically in rural America, a U-M study finds.


December 6th, 2016: The Huffington Post

Sorry, Weed Probably Won’t Help You Sleep

Dr. Deirdre Conroy was interviewed for a Huffington Post article on marijuana and sleep.


November 21st, 2016: NPR On Point

How To Spot — And Treat — Addiction In Your Family

Dr. Erin Bonar participated in an interview on NPR related to the Surgeon General's report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health.


November 18th, 2016: MEDPAGETODAY

What the Surgeon General's Addiction Report Really Means

Drs. Amy Bohnert and Allison Lin provided video commentary on the landmark report.


November 16th, 2016: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health

Surgeon general: 1 in 7 in U.S. will face substance addiction.


October 21st, 2016: M Health Lab

Can Opioid Overdose Prevention Take a Lesson from Stroke Prevention?

The same approach that helps patients manage powerful blood thinners could help expand access to medication-based addiction treatment.


October 17th, 2016: BU today

Does Weed Help You Sleep? Probably Not

Daily marijuana users reported more sleep disturbance than those who do not use marijuana daily or at all in a study led by SPH’s Michael Stein in collaboration with Drs. Deirdre Conroy and Kirk Brower and Boston University.


September 2016, Volume 8, Issue 3: NIAAA Spectrum

Growing Up in a Family With Alcohol Problems: Current Research and Resources

Robert A. Zucker, Ph.D., authored an article for the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAA) Spectrum Webzine titled "Growing Up in a Family With Alcohol Problems: Current Research and Resources"


September 2016: Sports Science Institute

Sexual Violence Prevention: An Athletics Tool Kit for a Healthy and Safe Culture

Dr. Erin Bonar and Holly Rider-Milkovich, head of U-M’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center, contributed to the NCAA Sport Science Institute’s publication, “Sexual Violence Prevention: An Athletics Tool Kit for a Healthy and Safe Culture”, which is a new resource for athletics administrators to use in their efforts to create campus communities free of sexual violence and safe places for students to learn and thrive


September 14th, 2016: CBS Detroit

U-M Researchers Looking To Recruit Tweens For Decade-Long Study

What in the world were they thinking? A new research project at the University of Michigan is looking for just that answer.


September 13th, 2016: Popular Science

ABCD Study Announcement in Popular Science

The NIH will track brains of 10,000 kids as they grow up. The massive brain development study will span a decade.


September 13th, 2016: UM Health System News

The Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study Launches Today

Hundreds of Southeast Michigan tweens needed to help U-M scientists explore the developing brain.


August 19th, 2016: M Health Lab

Dr. Donovan Maust was featured in a blog: Despite Lack of Evidence, 10 States Allow Medical Marijuana for Alzheimer’s

Dr. Maust said, "There is limited evidence for any of the indications that states give medical marijuana certifications for, and almost none when it comes to agitation due to Alzheimer’s or other causes of dementia."


August 17th, 2016: Michigan Today

Treating pain without feeding addiction

People trying to overcome addiction can’t get treatment for their pain because the most powerful pain medicines also carry an addiction risk. A new study shows the potential to treat pain without the use of potentially addictive pain medication.


August 9th, 2016: UM Department of Psychiatry

Appointments for the leadership of the University of Michigan Addiction Treatment Services (UMATS)

Effective August 1, 2016 through July 31, 2017, Mark Ilgen, Ph.D. is appointed Interim Director of UMATS. Erin Bonar, Ph.D. is appointed Director of Clinical Programs for UMATS


August 5th, 2016: Michigan Institute for Data Science

UM student group wins second place in NIDA app challenge

A group of U-M students have won second place in the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) “Addiction Research: There’s an App for That” challenge. The project was called “Substance Abuse Research Assistant (SARA).


July 29th, 2016: American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry

Agitation in Alzheimer Disease as a Qualifying Condition for Medical Marijuana in the United States

Currently, few applicants for medical marijuana list dementia as the reason for seeking certification. However, given increasingly open attitudes toward recreational and medical marijuana use, providers should be aware that dementia is a potential indication for licensing, despite lack of evidence for its efficacy.


July 27th, 2016: UMHS News

Treating pain without feeding addiction: Study shows promise of non-drug pain management

A New Approach could help confront nation’s opioid addiction


July 27th, 2016: M Health Lab

The ImPAT Approach: Treating Pain Without Opioids

How can doctors offer relief to recovering addicts without using painkillers? A new study suggests that a hybrid of two psychosocial approaches could offer an alternative.


July 27th, 2016: Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation News

Treating pain without feeding addiction: Study shows promise of non-drug pain management

It’s a Catch-22 with potentially deadly consequences: People trying to overcome addiction can’t get treatment for their pain, because the most powerful pain medicines also carry an addiction risk.


July 17th, 2016: The Detroit News

Study: Marijuana affects brain’s reward center

A new study put out by University of Michigan researchers suggests that over time, marijuana use dampens the response of the area of the brain that responds to rewards.


July 8th, 2016: M Health Lab

What Will It Take to Overcome the Opioid Epidemic?

Deaths from prescription and illicit opioid drugs have quadrupled since 1999. Dr. Amy Bohnert explains the must-do’s to stop these deaths and curb addiction nationwide.


July 6th, 2016: M Health Lab

Over Time, Marijuana Use Dampens Brain’s Response to Reward

A long-term study of young marijuana users shows measurable changes in the brain’s reward system, shifts that may put them at risk for addiction.


July 6th, 2016: Michigan News

Marijuana use dampens brain's response to reward over time

ANN ARBOR—Most people would get a little 'rush' out of the idea that they're about to win some money. In fact, if you could look into their brain at that very moment, you'd see lots of activity in the part of the brain that responds to rewards.


June 23rd, 2016: M Health Lab

Why U.S. Doctors Love Opioids and Hate Marijuana for Chronic Pain

The opioid epidemic is well documented, yet physicians still are wary about whether cannabinoids are better options for chronic pain. Neither is a perfect solution.