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

Author(s): The National Institute on Drug Abuse

Pre-Approved for: CA BRN, CCAPP, CE Broker Provider, COPS-KT, Delaware BON, FCB, MCBAP-Specific , NAADAC

Credit Hours: 4

Course Format

This course is online. All course material is available online and is accessible immediately after purchase from your account homepage. Certificate of Completion is available immediately upon passing the exam.

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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