About Us

The Johns Hopkins Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and Research is a multidisciplinary center designed to integrate and coordinate Hopkins substance abuse services, improve the patient’s experience and treatment, track patient outcomes, and strengthen teaching and research in addictions. A unique organizational structure has been created to bring together the various clinical entities that focus on addictions throughout the institution. 


For over three decades Johns Hopkins has been delivering treatment services to patients with substance use disorders in the local community with programs operated on both campuses of the Johns Hopkins Hospital (East Baltimore and Bayview). This experience has contributed substantially to our understanding of the nature of these disorders and the optimal approaches to treating persons who suffer from these conditions. Our addiction research has influenced the practice of medicine worldwide and our training, especially in addiction research, has produced many of the leaders in the field. In 2009 the Johns Hopkins Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and Research was created to more effectively organize existing services, support research, and improve training – while planning for changes in the field of addictions.


  • to provide comprehensive, integrated treatment across a coordinated continuum of care
  • to employ evidence-based models of care through comprehensive disease management systems
  • to establish Hopkins as the recognized center of choice to provide expert consultation and care for substance abuse patients
  • to strengthen research in basic and clinical aspects of substance abuse
  • provide the finest post-graduate training in substance abuse


Eric Strain, M.D. is the Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and Research. He is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at The Johns Hopkins University, the Medical Director for the Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit where he maintains an active research program, alongside his clinical and teaching activities. Dr. Strain is the Chair of a NIDA study section, and the Editor in Chief of Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

The Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and Research coordinates programs across departments, including Medicine, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Gynecology, and Pediatrics. The Center reports to a Governing Board composed of senior leadership from Hopkins Medicine (including JHH, JHBMC, Johns Hopkins Health Plans, and JHU). The Governing Board sets the vision for the Center, advises on strategic decisions, and assists in acquiring resources. The Substance Abuse Steering Committee advises the Center on strategy implementation as well as operational and advocacy matters. The Steering Committee includes departmental and program leadership, community and government relations, and information systems leadership.

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