Scientific research since the mid-1970s shows that drug abuse treatment can help many drug-using offenders change their attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors towards drug abuse; avoid relapse; and successfully remove themselves from a life of substance abuse and crime. Many of the principles of treating drug addiction are similar for people within the criminal justice system as for those in the general population. However, many offenders don’t have access to the types of services they need. Treatment that is of poor quality or is not well suited to the needs of offenders may not be effective at reducing drug use and criminal behavior.
CODA’s Research Department incorporates treatment findings into practices in real time, based on research results. The department is one of three recipients of the SAMHSA 2012 Science and Service Award and has collaborated with Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College, University of Pittsburgh, University of Washington, Virginia Commonwealth University, Duke University, Kaiser Permanente, Multnomah County, and other institutions funded by National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), Washington and Multnomah Counties and other institutions.