• Our Mission

    Our Mission

    TRI is dedicated to developing and providing evidence-based solutions to the devastating problems of substance abuse that are affecting families, schools, businesses, criminal justice and healthcare.
  • Impact Story

    Impact Story

    "What we really need is something that translates research into tools, into policies and into practices the world can actually use." - Dr. A. Thomas McLellan. Click on the photo to hear TRI's Impact Story.
About Us

About Us

Founded by the same researchers who developed the Addiction Severity Index, the Treatment Research Institute is an independent, nonprofit research and development organization dedicated to science-driven reform of treatment and policy in substance use.

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The world is going to get better treatment

In an exclusive interview with NBC, Dr. Thomas McLellan discusses some concerns with the current treatment system, TRI’s hope for the future in substance use treatment, a new website that will identify quality treatment programs for adolescents, and the need to simply do so much more. The series, Hooked: America’s Heroin Epidemic, will be featured on NBC News from April 7-9.

For the many parents and families looking for answers now, please know that TRI will continue to work to address these needs for information and tools. You will hear from us again. In the interim, please consider the following resources:

Questions to Ask Treatment Providers is a list of questions that can help guide your conversation with treatment program staff in helping you decide which program is the best fit for your child and family. 

The Parents Toll-Free Helpline is a nationwide support service that offers assistance to parents and other primary caregivers of children who want to talk to someone about their child’s drug use and drinking.1-855-DRUGFREE (1-855-378-4373).

SAMHSA Treatment Locator can help you locate drug and alcohol programs nearest you.


What’s Happening at TRI

How to Fix Rehab: Expert Has a Plan

Apr 7th, 2014

What to do for the addicted—how to stop their slide from use to abuse to oblivion—is a question confronting a record number of Americans. Heroin…

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TRI and Temple School of Medicine Approved for a Funding Award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

Apr 1st, 2014

Treatment Research Institute and Temple University School of Medicine have been approved for a more than $2 million funding award by the…

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Why Innovation MATTERS for Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment

Mar 10th, 2014

A message from Dr. Kathy Meyers, TRI Senior Scientist. If we win the Scattergood Foundation Innovation Award it will make a powerful statement:…

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