Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (SW1002)

Author(s): The National Institute on Drug Abuse

Pre-Approved for: ACM, CA BRN, CCAPP, CE Broker Provider, CLCP, CRRN, Delaware BON, GA-SBWC, MCBAP-Specific, NAADAC, RNs

Credit Hours: 4

Course Format

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Course Overview


  • Preface
  • Principles of Effective Treatment
  • Frequently Asked Questions
    • What is drug addiction treatment?
    • Why can't drug addicts quit on their own?
    • How effective is drug addiction treatment?
    • How long does drug addiction treatment usually last?
    • What helps people stay in treatment?
    • Is the use of medications like methadone simply replacing one drug addiction with another?
    • What role can the criminal justice system play in the treatment of drug addiction?
    • How does drug addiction treatment help reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases?
    • Where do 12-step or self-help programs fit into drug addiction treatment?
    • How can families and friends make a difference in the life of someone needing treatment?
    • Is drug addiction treatment worth its cost?
  • Drug Addiction Treatment in the United States
    • General Categories of Treatment Programs
      • Agonist Maintenance Treatment
      • Narcotic Antagonist Treatment Using Naltrexone
      • Outpatient Drug-Free Treatment
      • Long-Term Residential Treatment
      • Short-Term Residential Programs
      • Medical Detoxification
    • Treating Criminal Justice-Involved Drug Abusers and Addicts
      • Prison-Based Treatment Programs
      • Community-Based Treatment for Criminal Justice Populations
  • Scientifically Based Approaches to Drug Addiction Treatment
    • Relapse Prevention
    • The Matrix Model
    • Supportive-Expressive Psychotherapy
    • Individualized Drug Counseling
    • Motivational Enhancement Therapy
    • Behavioral Therapy for Adolescents
    • Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT) for Adolescents
    • Multisystemic Therapy (MST)
    • Combined Behavioral and Nicotine Replacement Therapy for Nicotine Addiction
    • Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA) Plus Vouchers
    • Voucher-Based Reinforcement Therapy in Methadone Maintenance Treatment
    • Day Treatment with Abstinence Contingencies and Vouchers
  • Resources
  • Acknowledgements

Course Objectives

  1. Identify and explain the 13 principles of effective treatment.

  2. Describe the general categories of treatment programs.

  3. Describe 12 examples of scientifically-based treatment programs.

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