Alcohol and Substance
Vision - Improve the clinical outcomes of alcohol, opioid, and other substance use disorders
The problem of alcohol and substance use disorders is a growing concern among the general public, military personnel, and veterans. Impacts are both personal and societal and include reduced levels of readiness, mental health problems, increased crime, sexual assaults, and suicides.
In Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22), the term “abuse” was dropped from the description of the program, and the program name was changed from the “Alcohol and Substance Abuse Disorders Research Program” (ASADRP) to the “Alcohol and Substance Use Disorders Research Program” (ASUDRP). Changing the term “Alcohol Abuse” to “Alcohol Use Disorder” (AUD) is in line with the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), which replaces the older categories of alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence with the single disorder, AUD, which ranges from mild to severe.
The program's approach is to explore integrated approaches to address alcohol and substance use disorders especially co-morbid with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other psychological disorders, and reduce the number of opioid and other substance use-related deaths through multidisciplinary, team-based research efforts that translate basic knowledge into enhanced clinical pharmacological treatment protocols and enhanced quality of life for Service Members, Veterans, and the American public.
Consistent with our vision to decrease the clinical impact of alcohol and substance use, the ASUDRP has prepared the above ”Alcohol Use Disorder and Comorbid PTSD/TBI Landscape” and ”Pharmacotherapies for Alcohol and Substance use disorders Alliance (PASA) Medications Under Study." These documents will help the community understand the problem from a military perspective, provide a research landscape of the current state of the science, and describe the research currently being conducted by the PASA. Applicants are strongly encouraged to read and consider these documents when preparing applications.
Last updated Sunday, December 31, 1600