Department of Psychiatry
Penn Behavioral Health

Center for Psychotherapy Research

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Substance Abuse Studies

Addiction, the most severe form of substance abuse, is a biopsychosocial disease. This means that it has biological origins, with psychological ramifications, and ultimately with social consequences. Addictions cannot be cured, and thus must be viewed as chronic disorders, but they can be effectively treated.

Investigators at the Center for Psychotherapy Research have been involved in three recent studies which evaluate treatments for substance abuse, and more studies are being planned. To learn more about the three studies, please click on the following links:


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To learn more about our current treatment programs, research protocols, or to ask specific questions about the Center, please call us at 215-349-5222.