In this issue
Announcement of National Quit and Recovery Registry
By Warren K. Bickel
Dear Colleagues, I wanted to let you know about the launch of the National Quit and Recovery Registry, which was announced on September 29th. The goal of the National Quit and Recovery Registry is to reach out to individuals who have successfully quit an addiction and to learn from them scientifically about the process of recovery. I am leading this effort as part of the Advanced Recovery Research Center of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute.
Specifically, at the National Quit and Recovery Registry Website, individuals who have quit tobacco or are in recovery from addiction for a year or longer will be able to register, provide initial confidential information about their recovery, and provide a means by which we will be able to contact them. They will be contacted in the future and invited to volunteer for studies, which may involve the completion of online questionnaires or the undertaking of web-based tasks. In some cases, registrants may be invited to participate in more detailed studies at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute or at a collaborating site. As the registry grows we will be able to ask interesting questions about the recovery process, such as the commonalities and differences in recovery across different addictions and the development of recovery across the lifespan, as well as explore the biology of recovery along with many other interesting questions. Those in recovery are also invited to share stories of their recovery success online.