Volunteers Needed for Study on Mutual-Health Groups

November 2, 2021
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SMART Recovery is participating in a large research study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to collect data on a range of mutual-help alternatives for addiction, including SMART Recovery. The study, called the Peer Alternatives for Addiction 2 (PAL2) Study, builds on a prior study by the same team (PAL1) and involves study of diverse mutual-help group options—including SMART Recovery. 

PAL2 data will be used to understand the specific aspects of mutual-help group participation that promote recovery. Data will also help us understand who benefits most from which group. The results will help addiction treatment providers to make informed referrals to mutual-help groups. They will also help people seeking peer support to make the best choices for their recovery pathways. 

The study design involves online surveys with 800 people, including 200 from SMART Recovery. To obtain as many participants as possible, we encourage you to participate. 

Study participants:

  •  U.S. residents only
  • Must be 18+
  • Have attended (or led) a meeting in the past 30 days
  • Individuals surveyed for PAL1 may not participate in PAL2
  • Will receive Amazon gift cards totaling up to $115

Click here to listen to Principal Investigator, Dr. Sarah Zemore, share her goals and the impact they want this study to make in the latest SMART podcast.

Please visit the study website and consider participating: www.pal2study.org


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If you are interested in addiction recovery support, we encourage you to visit the SMART Recovery website.


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We look forward to you joining the conversation!

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