Our research targets a range of new and traditional addictions content areas. It investigates various aspects of addiction – understanding prevalence, developing interventions, and providing support to implementing strategies to reduce addictive behaviours or consumption. To ground these studies in lived experience, we have developed a methodology combining content and thematic analysis. Specifically, the approach has:
- Applied data mining techniques to online sources to extract consumer comments and stories on the exact nature of recovery from addiction.
- Developed a data synthesis approach that allows mined data to be extracted, coded, categorized and prepared for consumer intervention resources across content areas.
This method ensures that the research begins and concludes with the people who really know about addiction. Knowledge translation is immediate because the research is from individuals and for individuals. Some of our research projects have included:
- Self-help resources for a range of established and novel addictions. Papers have been published using these techniques for internet gaming, pornography, social media, gambling, and sugar, with papers under review for caffeine and loot boxes.
- Randomised controlled trials examining the impact of brief interventions for addiction.
- Feasibility studies examining interventions for internet-enabled addictive behaviours and sugar
- Pilot studies of interventions designed to improve goal setting and implementation intentions for reducing addictions. This includes randomized controlled trials online and in the community such as in gambling venues.
For more information on our past projects check out our other websites.