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Evidence-Based Practices

There is scientific evidence confirming that specific practices work well in improving the outcomes in the lives of individuals.  These specific practices, grounded in consistent research findings, are called Evidence-Based Practices (EBPs).  Findings have shown that when using EBPs, the quality of care improves. 

Within the health care profession, physicians are generally expected to provide treatment with the best current scientific evidence of efficacy.  This standard has been slow to emerge in addictions treatment and mental health care. 

However, both researchers and practitioners in the addictions field increasingly perceive EBPs as essential for improving treatment outcomes.  To choose the best approach for each client, clinicians must have training in the areas of research and theory, and have the practical experience from which to draw.  EBPs typically have carefully described service components and manuals to guide their implementation.

Best Practices in Addiction Treatment: A Workshop Facilitator's Guide -Step-by-Step Guide to developing and implementing a "Best Practices in Addiction Treatment Workshop”.

CSAT’s Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series – Best practice “front-line” guidelines for use by treatment professionals in treating individuals with substance abuse disorders.  Topics include:

  • Assessment and Screening
  • Children and Family
  • Co-Occurring Disorders and Cognitive Disabilities
  • Criminal and Juvenile Justice
  • Disaster Readiness and Response
  • HIV/AIDS and Infectious Diseases
  • Homelessness
  • Medication-Assisted Treatment
  • Older Adults
  • Program Development
  • Specific Treatment Approaches

Research shows return to prison is less likely for offenders treated for drug addiction, but there is growing interest in how to provide more effective treatment to a higher proportion of offenders with drug-related problems.

Evidence-Based Practices for Substance Abuse Disorders (EBP) Database of science-based practices

Implementing Science-Based Interventions in Practical Settings  – Collection of updated works taken from the Central East ATTC’s Dialogue newsletter related to evidence-based practices. Also includes discussion regarding the identification and implementation of evidence-based practices and other new resources.

Improving Practices in Addiction Treatment Organizations:  Making a Business CaseSouthern Coast ATTC’s Beacon Newsletter (September, 2007)

SAMHSA’s Guide to Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) on the Web - List of Web sites containing information about specific evidence-based practices (EBPs) or provide comprehensive reviews of research findings.


Institute of Behavioral Research, Texas Christian University. (n.d.) Corrections Based Treatment. Retrieved on January 7, 2008 from


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