Rutgers is a leading institution for addiction science, with award-winning researchers, training programs, and clinical services. The Rutgers Addiction Research Center (RARC) within the Brain Health Institute was launched in 2022 and is now the largest comprehensive addiction research center in the country. We are a multidisciplinary home for addiction-related activities across Rutgers, bringing together researchers, clinicians, and community members who are dedicated to tackling addiction.

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With over 150 faculty, and more than $170 million in funding from NIH, SAMHSA, the state of New Jersey, and private foundations, Rutgers researchers are working across the translational spectrum to help individuals, families, and communities struggling with addiction. Through our clinical and basic research, we examine the biological underpinnings of substance use disorders and other addictions through neuroscience and genetics, and study the social, contextual, and policy factors that contribute to the development, prevention, early intervention, treatment, and recovery.

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Through our coursework, training programs and research opportunities for students, postdoctoral associates and faculty, and our continuing education programs for clinicians and other professionals, Rutgers is leading the way in training and diversifying the next generation of addiction researchers, clinicians, and practitioners. We also provide education and training for the community, including overdose prevention training.

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Clinical Services

If you or someone you know is struggling, Rutgers is here to help. Through a variety of programs and collaborations across the state, Rutgers provides many options for treatment and recovery support. We also help researchers connect with clinical programs to create bench to bedside collaborations. When you find help through Rutgers, you are linked to a network of providers who are connected to our world-class research, providing access to cutting edge and evidence-based services.