The Research Institute on Addictions (RIA) is a long-standing
national leader in the study of substance use and abuse, addiction
and treatment. For more than 40 years, we have conducted
groundbreaking research on significant addiction issues.
RIA is home to bright, passionate scientists whose work covers a broad range of addiction-related topics.
RIA scientists work in collaborative research teams that foster interdisciplinary methods of exploring addiction issues.
RIA shares knowledge with other researchers, treatment providers, legislators and the public to aid understanding of addiction-related issues.
RIA offers opportunities for researchers and other professionals to develop their skills and knowledge through our postdoctoral research training program, seminars and conferences.
RIA’s Clinical Research Center (CRC) is the only addictions treatment program in New York State designed specifically for clinical research.
RIA is at the forefront of testing and refining new treatment options for providers who deliver real-world intervention to patients experiencing alcohol and drug-related problems.
RIA scientists conduct groundbreaking research about the brain mechanisms that create a vulnerability to addiction in order to develop alternative approaches to treating addiction.
Our researchers study the many factors that can lead to addiction, including prenatal exposure to alcohol, tobacco or other drugs, social/cultural influences, family dynamics and personality types.
We examine the impact of addiction on interpersonal relationships, the workplace, sexual behavior, aggression and other social and health problems.
“Molly” has been making news lately. Bad news. ER visits due to this "club drug" have more than doubled in the past few years. Learn more in our Expert Summary.
College drinking continues to be a public health challenge, with negative consequences including injuries, assaults and even death. Learn more in our Expert Summary.
“Bath Salts” abuse has grown rapidly in the last few years. Learn more about these synthetic drugs in our Expert Summary.
Did you know that 15 percent of the U.S. workforce has used or been under the influence of alcohol at work? Learn more in our Expert Summary.
They might give you a boost, but energy drinks also can pose serious health risks. Learn more in our Expert Summary.
Increased use may be linked to the rise in prescription drug abuse, as people who abuse drugs such as Oxycontin or Vicodin look for a greater, cheaper high.
RIA has conducted groundbreaking research on gambling behaviors in the U.S. Learn more in our Expert Summary.
About one in 20 teens have gotten high on dextromethorphan (DXM), the active ingredient in more than 100 over-the-counter cold remedies. Learn about the dangers of DXM abuse in our Expert Summary.
Prescription drug abuse and its consequences – treatment admissions, ER visits and overdose deaths – have increased to an epidemic. Learn more about this trend in our Expert Summary.
The use of medical marijuana has elicited strong opinions on both sides of the debate.
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