Research Priorities

Priorities of the Substance Use and Dependency Research Center of the university:

1. Reducing demand


1.1.1. Predisposing factors (causes of addiction)

1.1.2. Protective factors

1.1.3. Modern methods of prevention (informational, emotional, substitutions, resistance skills, and social skills)

1.1.4. Prevention programs (school-based, community-oriented, family-focused, changing environment, etc.)

1.1.5. Examining the factors that influence addiction

1.1.6. Determining the resiliency processes against the known risk factors for addiction

1.2-treatment and relapse prevention

1.2.1. Modern methods of psychological therapy (individual, group and family therapy and counseling)

1.2.2. Social interventions (methods of treatment for social support

1.2.3. Medical treatments (treatment with agonists, detoxification, hospitalization, treatment-based community, etc.)

1.2.4. Doing need assessments with therapists, preparing educational packages for them

1.2.5. Complementary or alternative therapies (acupuncture, hypnotherapy, herbal therapy, spiritual therapy

1.3. Harm reduction

2. Evaluation

2.1. Evaluation (including evaluation of the level of accomplishing objectives, cost-effectiveness, cost–benefit)

2.2. Monitoring and evaluation of harm reduction programs

2.3. Monitoring and evaluation of changes in social affairs, and implementing plans on social security

2.4. Evaluating the empowerment of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and community-based organizations

3. Making tests

3.1. Screening

Diagnostic tool

4. Epidemiology

4.1. Understanding the feature of addiction in the country

2.4. Determining the prevalence of drug

4.3. Epidemiology in specific groups

4.4. Study of the current situation of iatrogenic addiction in the country

4.5. Changing consumption patterns

4.6. Determining the causes of prevalence or increase of the drug-induced mortalities which are referred to the centers of forensic medicine

5. Biological

5.1. Examining the effect of environmental interventions on neural structures prone to addiction

5.2. Examining the genetic epidemiology of addiction

6. Future Research

6.1. Describing and explaining the future

6.2. Building the future

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