Are There Really National Standards for the Treatment of Addiction?

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NATIONAL STANDARDS

Here’s a look at what we mean by Evidence-Based Treatment Standards

Although there are no enforceable National Standards requiring agency or provider compliance, there are numerous theorists, research and policy leaders who are shaping the dialogue. These agencies and individuals are developing new recommendations for care and are disseminating reliable research results. Unfortunately, it takes time to both “spread the word” and to change minds fixed on the familiar. Together they are advancing comprehensive and effective treatment options—and the best part is, the new evidence-based treatments are having a dramatic effect. As a result of ground-breaking research by CASAColumbia * (and many others) there is an aggressive push to transition programs towards medically and psychologically-advised treatment, with an emphasis on community partnerships, intensive outpatient programs, and integrative dual diagnostic therapies.

A list of some of the most significant and reliable contributors to Evidence-Based treatment standards:

AMA—American Psychological Association http://www.ama-assn.org/ama

NCADD—National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence https://www.ncadd.org/

NAATP—National Association of Addiction Treatment Provider https://www.naatp.org/

NAADAC—National Association for Addiction Professionals http://www.naadac.org/

SAMHSA—Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (Government) http://www.samhsa.gov/

TRI—Treatment Research Institute http://www.tresearch.org/

ASAM—American Society of Addiction Medicine http://www.asam.org/

NIH-National Institute on Drug Abuse https://www.drugabuse.gov/

* CASAColumbia, Source for: ADDICTION MEDICINE: CLOSING THE GAP BETWEEN SCIENCE AND PRACTICE; PUBLISHED: JUNE 2012 http://www.casacolumbia.org/addiction-research/reports/addiction-medicine