Articles by John F. Kelly, Ph.D.

John F. Kelly, Ph.D. is the founder and director of the Recovery Research Institute, the program director of the Addiction Recovery Management Service (ARMS), and the associate director of the Center for Addiction Medicine, all at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Kelly has served as a consultant to U.S. federal agencies such as The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH); to non-federal institutions such as the Betty Ford Institute and the Hazelden Foundation; and internationally to the British Parliament Drugs Misuse Taskforce.

For Those Suffering From Addiction, Recovery Is The Most Likely Outcome—But How Do We Get There From Here?

May 17, 2017

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For Those Suffering From Addiction, Recovery Is The Most Likely Outcome—But How Do We Get There From Here?

Intro music written and performed by Dr. Gene Beresin. Outro music arranged and performed by Dr. Gene Beresin. NOTE: In light of the landmark substance abuse and recovery legislation that was passed today by the Massachusetts Legislature, this blog and podcast couldn’t be any more pertinent. With millions of Americans suffering from addiction, the illness […]

Adolescent Substance Use: How The Addiction Free Futures Project Plans To Make A Difference

May 15, 2017

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Adolescent Substance Use: How The Addiction Free Futures Project Plans To Make A Difference

This is the first blog post in a series as part of The Clay Center’s involvement in the Addiction Free Futures Project from the Children’s Mental Health Campaign, the aim of which is to expand youth and young adult access to substance use prevention and early intervention tools like SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment). […]

Myths About The 12-Step Program: What Science Tells Us About Effective Treatment Of Addiction

April 23, 2014

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Myths About The 12-Step Program: What Science Tells Us About Effective Treatment Of Addiction

In recent years, there have been some questions raised about the effectiveness of 12-step mutual-help programs (such as Alcoholics Anonymous) and 12-step professional treatment plans, claiming that these approaches are almost completely ineffective and even harmful in treating substance use disorders. Such claims have serious implications, as hundreds of people die each day as a […]