The Pearson Center was established in 2003 through the generosity of a multi-million dollar gift. The Pearson Center combines the latest biomedical research with new clinical treatments to fight the devastating, costly, and deadly disease of alcohol and drug addiction.

Alcoholism and addiction are diseases of the spirit, behavior, and the brain. Traditional treatment involves group therapy and other psychological counseling to empower the spirit and address destructive behaviors. The physiology of the brain is often ignored.

The Pearson Center is complementing and reinforcing traditional treatments by focusing on the physiological changes in the brain that drive excessive drinking and drug use while creating vulnerability to relapse. Researchers are studying the viability of using novel medications, designed at TSRI and elsewhere, to modulate the neurological effects of alcohol and drugs of abuse, reduce excessive intake, and prevent relapse by normalizing the brain during recovery from alcoholism and addiction.

The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California and Jupiter, Florida, is a world leader in the biomedical science of alcoholism, addiction, and the brain. It provides a fertile environment for breakthroughs that will alleviate the suffering of addicted individuals and return them to their families and communities.