The Pearson Center, co-founded by Dr. Barbara J. Mason and Dr. George F. Koob, is a part of the Scripps Research Institute, which is one of the world leaders in the biomedical science of alcoholism, addiction, and the brain. Established in 2003 in La Jolla, California through the generosity of a multi-million dollar gift, The Pearson Center is a research foundation that uses the latest biomedical research with clinical treatments to fight the deadly disease of alcohol and drug addiction. Our main studies focus on marijuana addiction and alcoholism.  If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction and interested in participating in our clinical trials, please feel free to contact us and begin the journey of recovery.


The Pearson Center in La Jolla specializes in alcoholism and addiction research. Founded in 2003, the Pearson Center seeks to help those addicted to alcohol by providing clinical research studies.

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Do you have alcohol or marijuana issues and want to quit? If so, the Pearson Center offers treatment research options for those who struggle with alcohol abuse or both alcohol and marijuana abuse.

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Alcohol Abuse Frequently Asked Questions

The Pearson Center answers frequently asked questions about alcohol and marijuana consumption and abuse. We answer questions about addiction, alcoholism and more.

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