Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center

SAMHSA is committed to improving prevention, treatment, and recovery support services for mental and substance use disorders.

This new Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center aims to provide communities, clinicians, policy-makers and others in the field with the information and tools they need to incorporate evidence-based practices into their communities or clinical settings. The Resource Center contains a collection of scientifically-based resources for a broad range of audiences, including Treatment Improvement Protocols, toolkits, resource guides, clinical practice guidelines, and other science-based resources.

Learn more about the Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center.

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This manual offers best practices to states, tribes, and local communities on collaborative treatment approaches for pregnant women living with opioid use disorders, and the risks and benefits associated with medication-assisted treatment (MAT).

Topic Area:
Opioid-Specific Resources
Populations:
Adults, Children and Youth, Women
Target Audience:
Care Providers, Clinicians, Community Organizations, Educators, Family and Caregivers, Patients, Policymakers, Prevention Professionals, Program Planners and Administrators, Public
Substances:
Opioids
Conditions:
Opioid Use Disorder Treatment, Substance Use Treatment

This abstract lists the standards that NADCP has developed for adult Drug Courts. Vol 1 represents the first of two parts covering best practice standards for a variety of topics.

Topic Area:
Substance Use Treatment & Recovery
Populations:
Adults, People in the Criminal Justice System
Target Audience:
Care Providers, Clinicians, Community Organizations, Patients, Policymakers, Program Planners and Administrators
Conditions:
Substance Use Treatment

This abstract lists the standards that NADCP has developed for adult Drug Courts. Vol 2 represents the second of two parts covering best practice standards for a variety of topics.

Topic Area:
Substance Use Treatment & Recovery
Populations:
Adults, People in the Criminal Justice System
Target Audience:
Care Providers, Clinicians, Community Organizations, Patients, Policymakers, Program Planners and Administrators
Conditions:
Substance Use Treatment

This guide highlights the use of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder in drug courts.

Topic Area:
Opioid-Specific Resources
Populations:
Adults, People in the Criminal Justice System
Target Audience:
Care Providers, Clinicians, Community Organizations, Policymakers, Program Planners and Administrators
Substances:
Opioids
Conditions:
Opioid Use Disorder Treatment, Substance Use Treatment

This advisory summarizes data on the use of sublingual and transmucosal buprenorphine as part of medication-assisted treatment MAT) for opioid use disorder.

Topic Area:
Opioid-Specific Resources
Populations:
Adults, Children and Youth
Target Audience:
Care Providers, Clinicians, Community Organizations, Family and Caregivers, Patients, Policymakers, Program Planners and Administrators, Public
Substances:
Opioids
Conditions:
Opioid Use Disorder Treatment, Substance Use Treatment

This toolkit for schools assists schools in implementing a coordinated response to the suicide death of a student.

Topic Area:
Serious Mental Illness and other Mental Health
Populations:
Children and Youth
Target Audience:
Educators, Prevention Professionals
Conditions:
Suicide

This is a summary of a systematic review evaluating the evidence regarding the efficacy, comparative effectiveness, and adverse effects of medications in adults with Alcohol Use Disorder.

Topic Area:
Substance Use Treatment & Recovery
Populations:
Adults
Target Audience:
Care Providers, Clinicians, Community Organizations, Educators, Family and Caregivers, Patients, Policymakers, Prevention Professionals, Program Planners and Administrators, Public
Substances:
Alcohol
Conditions:
Substance Use Treatment

This report provides current, comprehensive data on the use of restricted housing, and also documents efforts across the country to reduce the number of people in restricted housing and to reform the conditions in which isolated prisoners are held in order to improve safety for prisoners, staff, and communities at large.

Topic Area:
Serious Mental Illness and other Mental Health
Populations:
Adults, Children and Youth, People in the Criminal Justice System, Women
Target Audience:
Policymakers, Prevention Professionals, Program Planners and Administrators
Conditions:
Serious Mental Illness

With this Guide, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism introduces a simple, quick, empirically derived tool for identifying youth at risk for alcohol-related problems.

Topic Area:
Substance Use Prevention, Substance Use Treatment & Recovery
Populations:
Children and Youth
Target Audience:
Care Providers, Clinicians, Community Organizations, Educators, Family and Caregivers, Patients, Policymakers, Prevention Professionals, Program Planners and Administrators, Public
Substances:
Alcohol
Conditions:
Substance Use Prevention, Substance Use Treatment

Systematic evidence review examining comparative effectiveness and harms of psychotherapy and medications for childhood anxiety disorders panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, specific phobias, generalized anxiety disorder, and separation anxiety.

Topic Area:
Serious Mental Illness and other Mental Health
Populations:
Children and Youth
Target Audience:
Care Providers, Clinicians, Family and Caregivers, Patients, Policymakers, Program Planners and Administrators, Public
Conditions:
Severe Emotional Disturbance

The ASAM criteria is the most widely used and comprehensive set of guidelines for placement, continued stay and transfer/discharge of patients with addiction and co-occurring conditions.

Topic Area:
Substance Use Treatment & Recovery
Populations:
Adults, Children and Youth, Women
Target Audience:
Care Providers, Clinicians, Program Planners and Administrators
Substances:
Alcohol, Illicit Drugs, Opioids, Prescription Drugs, Tobacco
Conditions:
Serious Mental Illness, Substance Use Disorders, Substance Use Treatment

ASAM developed the Appropriate Use of Drug Testing in Clinical Addiction Medicine document to provide guidance about the effective use of drug testing in the identification, diagnosis, treatment and promotion of recovery for patients with, or at risk for, addiction.

Topic Area:
Substance Use Treatment & Recovery
Populations:
Adults, Children and Youth, Women
Target Audience:
Care Providers, Clinicians
Substances:
Illicit Drugs, Opioids, Prescription Drugs
Conditions:
Opioid Use Disorder Treatment, Pain Management, Serious Mental Illness, Substance Use Disorders, Substance Use Treatment

The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) developed this National Practice Guideline for the Use of Medications in the Treatment of Addiction Involving Opioid Use to provide information on evidence-based treatment of opioid use disorder.

Topic Area:
Opioid-Specific Resources
Populations:
Adults, Children and Youth, People in the Criminal Justice System, Women
Target Audience:
Care Providers, Clinicians, Patients, Policymakers
Substances:
Opioids
Conditions:
Opioid Use Disorder Treatment, Pain Management, Serious Mental Illness, Substance Use Prevention, Substance Use Treatment

This ASAM Practice Guideline for patients is intended to aid clinicians in their clinical decision-making and patient management.

Topic Area:
Opioid-Specific Resources
Populations:
Adults, Children and Youth, People in the Criminal Justice System, Women
Target Audience:
Clinicians
Substances:
Opioids
Conditions:
Opioid Use Disorder Treatment, Pain Management, Serious Mental Illness, Substance Use Disorders, Substance Use Treatment

This ASAM Practice Guideline pocket card is intended to aid clinicians in their clinical decision-making and patient management. The Practice Guideline pocket card strives to identify and define clinical decision making junctures that meet the needs of most patients in most circumstances. 

Topic Area:
Opioid-Specific Resources
Populations:
Adults, Children and Youth, People in the Criminal Justice System, Women
Target Audience:
Clinicians
Substances:
Opioids
Conditions:
Opioid Use Disorder Treatment, Pain Management, Serious Mental Illness, Substance Use Disorders, Substance Use Treatment

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Last Updated: 04/03/2018