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Substance Abuse, Drug Abuse & Chemical Dependency


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Substance Abuse & Chemical Dependency
Meth Inside Out: The Effect of Meth Addiction on Brain and Behavior & Windows to Recovery

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Treatment Centers

Addiction Center: Treatment centers are reviewed based on original research, interviews, public information and experiences of past residents.

Beachway Therapy Center

Betty Ford Center

Burning Tree

Casa Palmera


Las Encinas

Michael's House

Sierra Tuscon

The Ranch

The Recovery Village


Resources for the General Public

Alcoholics Anonymous
Narcotics Anonymous
NIDA: National Institute of Drug Abuse

NIDA Public Information Office: 301-443-1124
Inquiries about NIDA's treatment research activities: Division of Clinical and Services Research, 301-443-0107 (for questions regarding behavioral therapies) or 301-443-4060 (for questions regarding access to treatment, organization and management, and cost effectiveness); and, Medications Development Division, 301-443-6173 (for questions regarding medications development).

Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT)
CSAT, a part of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, is responsible for supporting treatment services through block grants and developing knowledge about effective drug treatment, disseminating the findings to the field, and promoting their adoption. CSAT also operates the National Treatment Referral 24-hour Hotline (1-800-662-HELP) which offers information and referral to people seeking treatment programs and other assistance. CSAT publications are available through the National Clearinghouse on Alcohol and Drug Information (1-800-729-6686). Additional information about CSAT can be found on their website.

Detox from Drugs and Alcohol
Signs, symptoms, and dangers of addiction withdrawal, more specifically, detoxification.

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Support Tools for the Addict or Alcoholic

NA Addiction Assessment tools: "Am I an Addict?"

AA Assessment Tools: "Is AA for you?"


Alternative Approaches to Drug Rehabilitation

Harm Reduction Resources

New View of Addiction and the War on Drugs


Decriminalization of 'Illegal Drugs'

Paying a high price for the war on drugs - In Monitor In Psychology 3/2014

Legalize It


Resources for Clinician

Treatment Information:

Systemic Family Interventions (Joanne Tall's website)

Larry Fritzlan's information and articles on his recovery service.


Assessment Tools:

A comprehensive list of assessment instruments from the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute of the University of Washington, with a searchable database, many freely available on line.

Alcohol Assessment Instruments (downloadable)
Adult Warning of Alcohol Relapse

Alcohol Craving Questionnaire

Alcohol Outcome Expectancy Scale

Alcohol Expectancy Questionnaire for Adolescents

Cannabis assessment instruments (downloadable)
Adult cannabis problems questionnaire

Adolescent cannabis problems questionnaire

Cannabis use problems identification test

Cannabis withdrawal scale

Cocaine Selective Severity Assessment

CBT Supervision Tools:

Selected NIDA Educational Resources on Drug Addiction Treatment
The following are available from the National Clearinghouse on Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI), the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), or the Government Printing Office (GPO). To order, refer to the NCADI (1-800-729-6686), NTIS (1-800-553-6847), or GPO (202-512-1800) number provided with the resource description.

Manuals and Clinical Reports:

Measuring and Improving Cost, Cost-Effectiveness, and Cost-Benefit for Substance Abuse Treatment Programs (1999). Offers substance abuse treatment program managers tools with which to calculate the costs of their programs and investigate the relationship between those costs and treatment outcomes. NCADI # BKD340. Available online at

For clinicians treating women with Substance Abuse issues, please review TIP 51: Substance Abuse Treatment: Addressing the Specific Needs of Women

Measuring and Improving Cost, Cost-Effectiveness, and Cost-Benefit for Substance Abuse Treatment Programs (1999). Offers substance abuse treatment program managers tools with which to calculate the costs of their programs and investigate the relationship between those costs and treatment outcomes. NCADI # BKD340. Available online at

An Overview of Prison and Community-Based Drug Abuse Treatment (1999). Summarizes substantive research on prison and community-based drug abuse treatment from the last 25 years and highlights how public health research can help inform public policies across systems. In press.

A Cognitive-Behavioral Approach: Treating Cocaine Addiction (1998). This is the first in NIDA's "Therapy Manuals for Drug Addiction" series. Describes cognitive behavioral therapy, a short-term focused approach to helping cocaine-addicted individuals become abstinent from cocaine and other drugs. NCADI # BKD254. Available online at

A Community Reinforcement Plus Vouchers Approach: Treating Cocaine Addiction (1998). This is the second in NIDA's "Therapy Manuals for Drug Addiction" series. This treatment integrates a community reinforcement approach with an incentive program that uses vouchers. NCADI # BKD255. Available online at

An Individual Drug Counseling Approach to Treat Cocaine Addiction: The Collaborative Cocaine Treatment Study Model (1999). This is the third in NIDA's "Therapy Manuals for Drug Addiction" series. Describes specific cognitive-behavioral models that can be implemented in a wide range of differing drug abuse treatment settings. NCADI # BKD337. Available online at

Mental Health Assessment and Diagnosis of Substance Abusers: Clinical Report Series (1994). Provides detailed descriptions of psychiatric disorders that can occur among drug-abusing clients. NCADI # BKD148.

Relapse Prevention: Clinical Report Series (1994). Discusses several major issues to relapse prevention. Provides an overview of factors and experiences that can lead to relapse. Reviews general strategies for preventing relapses, and describes four specific approaches in detail. Outlines administrative issues related to implementing a relapse prevention program. NCADI # BKD147.

Addiction Severity Index Package (1993). Provides a structured clinical interview designed to collect information about substance use and functioning in life areas from adult clients seeking drug abuse treatment. Includes a handbook for program administrators, a resource manual, two videotapes, and a training facilitator's manual. NTIS # AVA19615VNB2KUS. $52.95.

Program Evaluation Package (1993). A practical resource for treatment program administrators and key staff. Includes an overview and case study manual, a guide for evaluation, a resource guide, and a pamphlet. NTIS # 95-167268. $44.00.

Relapse Prevention Package (1993). Examines two effective relapse prevention models, the Recovery Training and Self-Help (RTSH) program and the Cue Extinction model. NTIS # 95-167250. $62.00.

Research Monographs

Beyond the Therapeutic Alliance : Keeping the Drug-Dependent Individual in Treatment (Research Monograph 165) (1997). Reviews current treatment research on the best ways to retain patients in drug abuse treatment. NTIS # 97-181606. $47; GPO # 017-024-01608-0 $17. Available online at

Treatment of Drug-Exposed Women and Children: Advances in Research Methodology (Research Monograph 166) (1997). Presents experiences, products, and procedures of NIDA-supported Treatment Research Demonstration Program projects. NCADI # M166; NTIS # 96-179106. $49; GPO # 017-01592-0. $13. Available online at

Treatment of Drug-Dependent Individuals With Comorbid Mental Disorders (Research Monograph 172) (1997). Promotes effective treatment by reporting state-of-the-art treatment research on individuals with comorbid mental and addictive disorders and research on HIV-related issues among people with comorbid conditions. NCADI # M172; NTIS # 97-181580. $38; GPO # 017-024-01605. $9.

Medications Development for the Treatment of Cocaine Dependence: Issues in Clinical Efficacy Trials (Research Monograph 175) (1998). A state-of-the-art handbook for clinical investigators, pharmaceutical scientists, and treatment researchers. NCADI # M175.


Adolescent Treatment Approaches (1991). Emphasizes the importance of pinpointing and addressing individual problem areas, such as sexual abuse, peer pressure, and family involvement in treatment. Running time: 25 min. NCADI # VHS40. $12.50.

NIDA Technology Transfer Series: Assessment (1991). Shows how to use a number of diagnostic instruments as well as how to assess the implementation and effectiveness o f the plan during various phases of the patient's treatment. Running time: 22 min. NCADI # VHS38. $12.50.

Drug Abuse Treatment in Prison: A New Way Out (1995). Portrays two comprehensive drug abuse treatment approaches that have been effective with men and women in State and Federal Prisons. Running time: 23 min. NCADI # VHS72. $12.50.

Dual Diagnosis (1993). Focuses on the problem of mental illness in drug-abusing and drug-addicted populations, and examines various approaches useful for treating dual-diagnosed clients. Running time: 27 min. NCADI # VHS58. $12.50.

LAAM: Another Option for Maintenance Treatment of Opiate Addiction (1995). Shows how LAAM can be used to meet the opiate treatment needs of individual clients from the provider and patient perspectives. Running time: 16 min. NCADI # VHS73. $12.50.

Methadone: Where We Are (1993). Examines issues such as the use and effectiveness of methadone as a treatment, biological effects of methadone, the role of the counselor in treatment, and societal attitudes toward methadone treatment and patients. Running time: 24 min. NCADI # VHS59. $12.50.

Relapse Prevention (1991). Helps practitioners understand the common phenomenon of relapse to drug use among patients in treatment. Running time: 24 min. NCADI # VHS37. $12.50.

Treatment Issues for Women (1991). Assists treatment counselors help female patients to explore relationships with their children, with men, and with other women. Running time: 22 min. NCADI # VHS39. $12.50.

Treatment Solutions (1999). Describes the latest developments in treatment research and emphasizes the benefits of drug abuse treatment, not only to the patient, but also to the greater community. Running time: 19 min. NCADI # DD110. $12.50.

Program Evaluation Package (1993). A practical resource for treatment program administrators and key staff. Includes an overview and case study manual, a guide for evaluation, a resource guide, and a pamphlet. NTIS # 95-167268. $44.

Relapse Prevention Package (1993). Examines two effective relapse prevention models, the Recovery Training and Self-Help (RTSH) program and the Cue Extinction model. NTIS # 95-167250. $62.

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Dual Roles in Rehabilitation Communities

Resources on multiple roles in recovery


Other Federal Resources

The National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI).
NIDA publications and treatment materials along with publications from other Federal agencies are available from this information source. Staff provide assistance in English and Spanish, and have TDD capability. Phone: 1-800-729-6686.

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ).
As the research agency of the Department of Justice, NIJ supports research, evaluation, and demonstration programs relating to drug abuse in the contexts of crime and the criminal justice system. For information, including a wealth of publications, contact the National Criminal Justice Reference Service by telephone (1-800-851-3420 or 1-301-519-5500).

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General Information on Meth Use, Effects and Recovery Programs

For a comprehensive list of resources, as well as an overview and many more details of the Meth Inside Out program, go to In addition, a comprehensive list of resources for additional information can be found at the end of the Meth Inside Out handbook included with this course.

State and Regional Educational and Treatment Resources

Treatment and Other Resources for Gay People

  • Friends Research Institute, Inc. - Friends Research Institute provides free drug counseling as part of a research study for gay and bisexual men who use methamphetamine. The Institute created and published the gay-specific treatment manual, "Getting Off: A Behavioral Treatment Intervention for Gay and Bisexual Male Methamphetamine Users."
  • Friends Getting Off

Video & Multimedia

  • World's Most Dangerous Drug National Geographic Channel
  • The Addiction Project
  • Methamphetamine: New Knowledge, New Treatments
  • Methamphetamine: A Prevention Trilogy - California Department of Justice
  • Meth - Produced & Directed by Todd Ahlberg
  • Meth America - Directed by Christopher Halligan
  • Meth: Dark Cloud Over the Big Sky - PBS/Student Documentary Unit
  • American Meth - A Time & Tide Productions Project - Narrated by Val Kilmer
  • Methamphetamine 101: Etiology and Physiology of an Epidemic - Digital Training Module - Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy
  • Methamphetamine 102: Introduction to Evidence-Based Treatments - Digital Training Module - Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy

Books & Articles

  • Assessment of Substance Use Disorders - Donovan, D. and Marlatt, G.A. (Eds), See: "Assessment of Methamphetamine Users" - Rawson, R.A., Sodano, R. and Hillhouse, M. (2004)
  • Beautiful Boy - Sheff, David, (2008)
  • Kaplan and Sadock's Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry - Sadock, B.J. and Sadock, V.A. (Eds), See: "Amphetamines" - Jaffe, J.A., Ling, W. and Rawson, R.A. (2005)
  • Methamphetamine Addiction - Roll, J.M., Rawson, R.A., Ling, W., Shoptaw, S. (Eds.) (2006)
  • Methamphetamine: New Knowledge, New Treatments - Rawson, R.A. (2006)
  • Meth: The Basics - McCann, M.J., Obert, J.L., Marinelli-Casey, P, Rawson, R.A. (2005)
  • Neuropsychology and Substance Use: State-of-the-Art and Future Directions, See: "Substance Abuse Epidemiology in the US: A review of indicator data." - Maxwell, J., Finnerty, B., and Rawson, R.A. (2007)
  • Relapse Prevention Approaches for the Treatment of Substance Use Disorders Marlatt - G.A and Donovan, D. (Eds), See: "Relapse Prevention Approaches for Stimulant Dependent Individuals" - Carroll, K.M. and Rawson, R.A. (2005)
  • Textbook of Substance Abuse Treatment - Galanter, M and Kleber, See: "Methamphetamine Abuse and Dependence: Current Treatments" - Rawson, R.A. and Ling, W.L. (2007)
  • Treatment of Stimulant Abuse CSAT: TIP #33 (Chair, CSAT Consensus panel) - Rawson, R.A. (1998)

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