Texas Tech University

Addiction Recovery Research Cluster

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Overview

The Addiction Recovery Research Cluster (ARRC) is a diverse group of researchers at Texas Tech University, dedicated to the exploration of addiction recovery. The ARRC is comprised of experts in neuroscience, psychology, marriage and family therapy, statistics, human development, and family studies, who are devoted to the promotion of sustainable long-term recovery from addictive disorders.

Founded in 2014 by Dr. Kitty Harris, the ARRC is nested in the College of Human Sciences at Texas Tech University and serves to foster collaboration between experts in addiction recovery. The brain disease of addictive disorders requires a long term plan for recovery support. The research generated by the ARRC is an invaluable contribution to the field of addiction recovery as it changes the trajectory from a short term process to a lifelong, comprehensive approach.

Mission Statement

To conduct interdisciplinary research dedicated to the promotion of sustainable long-term recovery from addictive behaviors. Thus, expanding the field from a narrow focus on development and treatment, to a more comprehensive approach, placing emphasis on addiction recovery.

Vision Statement

To pave the way for the study of addiction recovery, by connecting a diverse group of researchers with expertise in neuroscience, family systems, resiliency, eating disorders, substance use, and process addiction.

Objectives

  • To define indicators of long term recovery from addictive disorders.
  • To develop strategies for the long term needs of those in recovery.
  • To collaborate with multi-disciplinary researchers within the Texas Tech University system, with private research institutions, as well as universities in Texas and across the country.
  • To enhance the field of addiction recovery by nurturing the development of emerging recovery researchers and clinicians.
  • To seek federal funding for projects dedicated to the expansion of recovery research.

Current Projects

  • Biological markers of addiction recovery
  • The role of spirituality in recovery
  • Resilience and long term recovery
  • The correlation between addiction and recovery duration
  • Food Addiction and long term recovery from substance use disorders
  • Eating disorders and long term recovery from substance use disorders

Contact

College of Human Sciences