Dr. Sarah Zemore is a Senior Scientist at the Alcohol Research Group in Emeryville, California, and the Principal Investigator of the Peer Alternatives for Addiction 2 (PAL2) Study. This is the second phase in the study which focuses on the benefits of mutual help groups in recovery.
In this podcast, Sarah talks about:
- Her background in social psychology, then becoming interested in the addiction recovery process
- Previous studies being too academic with little translation to the real world
- The power researchers have to shape services and make an impact
- The goals, challenges, and findings from the 2015 PAL1 Study
- How the new PAL2 study will provide a deeper understanding the benefits of mutual help groups
- The focus in PAL2 will be on specific subgroups and how participation is different, i.e., in-person versus online meetings
- Mechanisms of action and the key drivers of recovery
- Ways to participate in PAL2 study and how the data will be used to provide recommendations to treatment providers
- The importance of knowing the range of recovery program options available
- Welcoming feedback on the work and study
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