Recovery and Self-Efficacy 

Previous studies have indicated that confidence in the ability to remain abstinent from drug use among individuals with addiction predicts treatment outcomes and risk of relapse. Data from the IQRR has revealed that among individuals in recovery from substance use disorders, those who value the future less (prefer smaller but immediate rewards over bigger but delayed ones) show lower confidence in their ability to remain abstinent from drug use. Therefore, these individuals might be at higher risk of relapse. This finding may help us better identify and target subgroups that need unique or more intensive interventions to address higher risks of relapse and increase their likelihood of abstinence.

Recovery and Family History  

Family history of addiction is a risk factor for substance use disorders. Data from the IQRR has revealed that among individuals in recovery from substance use disorders, those with two parents with addiction are significantly more impulsive (prefer smaller but immediate rewards over bigger but delayed ones) compared to those with one or no parents with addiction. This information may help us identify and target important subgroups that need additional intervention strategies to address their larger degree of impulsivity and help maintain abstinence or achieve better treatment outcomes.


We are pleased to announce that data gathering for the Social Interactome project is complete! Over the past 4 years, we’ve run 7 instances of the Social Interactome—each with at least 256 people. Over 1900 individuals, all connected to one another by the impact drug addiction has had on our lives and communities.

It is our mission to understand the mechanisms underlying addiction and recovery so we can help those afflicted and prevent such problems from happening in the future as well as disseminate strategies that may help maintain recovery. By observing our participants' actions in the Social Interactome environment, we have gained significant insights into how social media may be used as a tool to improve recovery rates and minimize relapses. We are now working hard to process the data collected and publish our findings in scholarly journals so this new knowledge may be shared with the world.

Thank you to the individuals that participated in the Social Interactome. You make our research possible, and we hope you can take pride in knowing you contributed to ARRC’s mission. Please look forward to future research publications coming from ARRC, and we hope you will remain connected with us to participate in future studies! 

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