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This guide provides historical reference to help paraprofessional counselors work with criminal offenders and inmates who are dependant on alcohol, drugs, or both.

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

This manual lists competencies for effective supervision in substance use disorder treatment programs.

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

This guide enhances the competencies of substance use disorder treatment counselors. It discusses patient assessment and screening, treatment planning, referral, service coordination, counseling, family and community education, and cultural competency.

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

This manual offers guidance to clinicians on implementing drug testing in their practice. It presents the mechanics of testing, and outlines steps for preparing staff to carry out this work.

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

This guide describes core elements of screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) programs for people living with or at risk for substance use disorders.

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

This handbook offers guidance in creating a disaster preparedness and recovery plan for programs that provide treatment for mental illness and substance use disorders.

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

The goal of this guideline is to improve the quality of care and treatment outcomes for patients with alcohol use disorder (AUD), as defined by DSM-5 (American Psychiatric Association 2013). 

Topic Area:
Substance Use Treatment & Recovery
Populations:
Adults
Target Audience:
Care Providers, Clinicians, Patients, Policymakers, Program Planners and Administrators
Substances:
Alcohol
Conditions:
Substance Use Treatment

This ASAM Practice Guideline pocket card 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, Substance Use Treatment

The CDC Learning Connection and CDC TRAIN provide a range of public health courses and training opportunities related to opioid issues.

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

This manual provides guidelines in screening and assessing teens for substance use conditions. It covers confidentiality laws, and screening and assessment in juvenile justice settings. The manual also includes screening and assessment tools.

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

This manual focuses on tailoring substance use disorder treatment for teens. It discusses factors in treatment placement, successful treatment components, approaches used in 12-step programs, therapeutic communities, family therapy, teens with distinct needs, and legal issues.

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

This guide helps clinicians influence the change process in their clients by incorporating motivational interventions into substance use disorder treatment programs.

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

This TIP is intended to help a wide range of providers become familiar with the various issues surrounding clients with both substance use and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and to foster a better understanding of the roles of other providers.

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

This TIP is intended to help a wide range of providers become familiar with the need for integrating vocational services with substance abuse treatment.

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

This guide introduces substance use disorder treatment and family therapy, and features models for integrating the two approaches.

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

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Last Updated: 04/03/2018