The Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute (ADAI) is a multidisciplinary organization that aims to advance research, policy, and practice in order to improve the lives of individuals and communities affected by alcohol and drug use and addiction.

Main Challenge

Drug use and addiction represent major public health challenges in our nation and beyond. We believe that harms related to substance use are preventable and treatable and that research and education play a vital role in developing and implementing real-world solutions.

Our Approach

  • Research carried out by ADAI scientists, supported through federal and state agencies and private foundations.
  • Dissemination of research findings and educational materials through a range of information services, publications, and presentations by ADAI scientists and staff, training and technical assistance, and more.
  • Stimulation and support of alcohol- and drug-related research at the UW by faculty and researchers in departments throughout the university through our small grants program.

Susan Ferguson, PhD
Director, Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute