Impact

We develop novel interventions based on the latest psychological, biological and neuroscience evidence and evaluate their effectiveness using scientifically rigorous trial methodologies. Our priority focus is building the evidence base for low-cost, comprehensive and accessible interventions that prevent relapse and optimise health and well-being.

Psychological interventions

Ready2Change - Alcohol

Ready2Change-Alcohol Determining the efficacy of a telephone-delivered intervention in reducing alcohol severity among individuals with alcohol use problems.

Ready2Change - Methamphetamine

Determining the efficacy of a telephone-delivered intervention in reducing methamphetamine use among individuals with alcohol use problems.

Pharmacotherapy

These research programs pioneers promising new pharmacological agents and formulas, targeting neurotransmitter systems that underline addictive behaviours. The focus is on examining the safety and efficacy and of novel, affordable medications that aim to reduce drug craving, consumption or prevent relapse.

The NAC for Ice Trial

Examining a new approach to treating crystal methamphetamine (ice) dependence.

Nicotine As Treatment (NEAT)

Understanding the effectiveness of vapourised nicotine products and telephone counselling in helping clients cease smoking following discharge from residential treatment.

Lisdexamfetamine for the treatment of methamphetamine addiction

Investigating lisdexamfetamine as a safe and effective treatment for methamphetamine dependence.

The Depot Evaluation Buprenorphine Utilisation Trial

Exploring Buvidal as a new medication to treat opioid dependence.

Oxytocin for methamphetamine withdrawal in women

Developing a world-first approach to improving treatment outcomes for women experiencing methamphetamine withdrawal.

Neurocognitive

Cognitive Bias Modification - Alcohol

Using brain-training to determine whether people can avoid relapse to alcohol use after discharge from treatment.

Cognitive Bias Modification - Methamphetamine

Using brain-training to determine whether people can reduce methamphetamine cravings and prevent relapse after they leave rehabilitation.

SWIPE

Assessing the feasibility and acceptability of a mobile based app to help people drink less alcohol and on fewer days.

Social

Social Networks and Recovery Study

Understanding the impact of therapeutic community treatment on recovery, with a particular emphasis on social network and social identity change.

Self-Management and Recovery Treatment

Exploring perceived barriers to embedding peer-support in addiction treatment services from the perspective of facilitators, service managers and group members.

Australian Life in Recovery Project

Examining peoples’ experiences of addiction and recovery and exploring the impacts of recovery on peoples’ lives.

Treatment systems and pathways

Patient pathways

Examining problems faced by addiction clients and the complex pathways and combinations of treatment and other services they access, and how these factors relate to treatment outcomes.

Service planning

Evaluating packages of care for addiction clients with differing levels of need, focussing on five key streams of activity.

Integrated working project

Examining evidence-based integrated working strategies in an addiction context to inform recommendations for services providing addiction treatment in Victoria.