Our Vision:

At the Center on Alcohol, Substance Use And Addictions (CASAA) our first priority is to reduce suffering caused by substance use and other addictive behaviors. We do this by generating high quality prevention and treatment research. We settle for nothing less than the highest standards of scientific integrity in our research and training programs. Attention to human diversity strengthens our science and makes it relevant to our larger society. We do our best work by collaborating with colleagues and working across disciplines, which helps us answer more important questions about substance use than we otherwise could. At CASAA we are committed to sharing our knowledge with fellow scientists, practitioners and individuals who are directly impacted by substance use. It matters to us that our work makes an impact both here in our state and in our larger community.

Our Work:

CASAA investigators, affiliated with the Departments of Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Economics, Health, Exercise, and Sport Sciences, Family and Community Medicine, and Internal Medicine are leaders nationally in 12-step research; research on Motivational Interviewing and the Community Reinforcement Approach; family-involved treatment models; training and dissemination research; development of instruments; studies of mechanisms of change; clinical research in special populations, particularly adolescents, women, Hispanics, American Indians, and criminal justice populations; research on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders; and research on methods to reduce harm from risky drinking.

CASAA is the home for the UNM Campus Office of Substance and Alcohol Prevention (COSAP). CASAA has long-standing relationships with a number of community-based treatment programs that are available as sites for clinical trials. The relationships between CASAA and these treatment facilities are on-going and reciprocal, and CASAA is widely regarded as a key resource for the development and testing of empirically supported treatments for alcohol and other substance use disorders. In addition, CASAA has uniquely strong relationship with several pueblos.

CASAA Supports the Grand Challenge Initiative: Substance Use Disorders

This collaborative venture combines two approaches to achieve amazing results! By 2040, we aim to reduce alcohol, opioid, and other substance mortality by 50%, substance-related consequences (including overdose, injury, and accidents) by 50%, crime, incarceration, and recidivism by 30%, adverse childhood experiences by 30%, and overall economic costs of substance related morbidity and mortality by 30%. Additional information on the collaborative efforts of CASAA investigators and the Substance Use Disorders Grand Challenge can be obtained at: https://grandchallenges.unm.edu/three-grand-challenges/substance-use-disorders