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Institute for Addiction Recovery
The Institute for Addiction Recovery, launched at Rhode Island College was established to strengthen Rhode Island's capacity to assist individuals, families, and communities in their recovery from addiction through collaboration and integration of academic and community resources. The eleventh affiliate of the College's Center for Public Policy, it is a scholastic hub to explore and analyse critical issues related to addiction and recovery; to enhance practice in substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery; and to support individuals and families in recovery.
Addiction and abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs are serious problems in Rhode Island. In 2004, 103,000 persons in our state over the age of twelve were, or could have been, diagnosed with alcohol or drug dependence or abuse. This represents greater than 10 % of the state's population of whom fewer than one in eight received treatment.