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Resources and Links for help

Sub­stance Abuse and Men­tal Health Ser­vices Admin­is­tra­tion: SAMHSA offers a 24-hour Helpline that pro­vides free and con­fi­den­tial treat­ment refer­ral and infor­ma­tion about men­tal and/or sub­stance use dis­or­ders, pre­ven­tion and recov­ery. Their web­site includes a Buprenor­phine physi­cian and treat­ment pro­gram loca­tor where patients can find autho­rized pro­grams across the coun­try that treat addic­tion and depen­dence on opi­oids, such as hero­in or pre­scrip­tion pain reliev­ers. Call 1–800-662-HELP (4357) or vis­it their web­site at http://www.samhsa.gov/find-help.

Nation­al Coun­cil on Alco­holism and Drug Depen­dence: NCADD pro­vides infor­ma­tion and sup­port for addicts and their fam­i­lies about under­stand­ing addic­tion, how to seek help for your­self or a fam­i­ly mem­ber and where to find treat­ment pro­grams and sup­port groups. NCADD has 90 affil­i­ates across the coun­try offer­ing alco­holism and addic­tion recov­ery sup­port ser­vices, which can be found on their web­site at http://www.ncadd.org/ or by call­ing their 24-hour Hope Line at 1–800-622‑2255.

Part­ner­ship for Drug-Free Kids Helpline: Trained bilin­gual par­ent sup­port spe­cial­ists are avail­able Mon­day-Fri­day, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. ET, to take calls from con­cerned loved ones. Call 1–855-DRUGFREE (1–855-378‑4373) or vis­it their web­site at http://www.drugfree.org/get-help/helpline/

The Nation­al Insti­tute on Drug Abuse: The NIDA’s hero­in page on their web­site offers gen­er­al infor­ma­tion about the drug and pub­lished research arti­cles about hero­in abuse and treat­ment. http://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/heroin

Nar­cotics Anony­mous: NA’s web­site offers infor­ma­tion about sup­port for addicts who wish to main­tain a drug-free lifestyle and how to find local meet­ings. http://www.na.org/

Amer­i­can Acad­e­my of Addic­tion Psy­chi­a­try: AAAP offers resources for patients and their fam­i­lies on their web­site. http://www.aaap.org/patient-resources/helpful-links/

National Agencies

The Nation­al Insti­tute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) leads the Nation in sci­en­tif­ic research on the health aspects of drug abuse and addic­tion. It sup­ports and con­ducts research across a broad range of dis­ci­plines, includ­ing genet­ics, func­tion­al neu­roimag­ing, social neu­ro­science, pre­ven­tion, med­ica­tion and behav­ioral ther­a­pies, and health ser­vices. It then dis­sem­i­nates the results of that research to sig­nif­i­cant­ly improve pre­ven­tion and treat­ment and to inform pol­i­cy as it relates to drug abuse and addic­tion. Addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion is avail­able at drugabuse.gov or by call­ing 301–443-1124.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

The Nation­al Insti­tute on Alco­hol Abuse and Alco­holism (NIAAA) pro­vides lead­er­ship in the nation­al effort to reduce alco­hol-relat­ed prob­lems by con­duct­ing and sup­port­ing research in a wide range of sci­en­tif­ic areas, includ­ing genet­ics, neu­ro­science, epi­demi­ol­o­gy, health risks and ben­e­fits of alco­hol con­sump­tion, pre­ven­tion, and treat­ment; coor­di­nat­ing and col­lab­o­rat­ing with oth­er research insti­tutes and Fed­er­al pro­grams on alco­hol-relat­ed issues; col­lab­o­rat­ing with inter­na­tion­al, nation­al, State, and local insti­tu­tions, orga­ni­za­tions, agen­cies, and pro­grams engaged in alco­hol-relat­ed work; and trans­lat­ing and dis­sem­i­nat­ing research find­ings to health­care providers, researchers, pol­i­cy­mak­ers, and the pub­lic. Addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion is avail­able at www.niaaa.nih.gov or by call­ing 301–443-3860.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

The mis­sion of Nation­al Insti­tute of Men­tal Health (NIMH) is to trans­form the under­stand­ing and treat­ment of men­tal ill­ness­es through basic and clin­i­cal research, paving the way for pre­ven­tion, recov­ery, and cure. In sup­port of this mis­sion, NIMH gen­er­ates research and pro­motes research train­ing to ful­fill the fol­low­ing four objec­tives: (1) pro­mote dis­cov­ery in the brain and behav­ioral sci­ences to fuel research on the caus­es of men­tal dis­or­ders; (2) chart men­tal ill­ness tra­jec­to­ries to deter­mine when, where, and how to inter­vene; (3) devel­op new and bet­ter inter­ven­tions that incor­po­rate the diverse needs and cir­cum­stances of peo­ple with men­tal ill­ness­es; and (4) strength­en the pub­lic health impact of NIMH-sup­port­ed research. Addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion is avail­able at nimh.nih.gov or by call­ing 301–443-4513.

Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT)

The Cen­ter for Sub­stance Abuse Treat­ment (CSAT), a part of the Sub­stance Abuse and Men­tal Health Ser­vices Admin­is­tra­tion (SAMHSA), is respon­si­ble for sup­port­ing treat­ment ser­vices through a block grant pro­gram, as well as dis­sem­i­nat­ing find­ings to the field and pro­mot­ing their adop­tion. CSAT also oper­ates the 24-hour Nation­al Treat­ment Refer­ral Hot­line (1–800-662-HELP), which offers infor­ma­tion and refer­ral ser­vices to peo­ple seek­ing treat­ment pro­grams and oth­er assis­tance. CSAT pub­li­ca­tions are avail­able through  SAMHSA’s Store (store.samhsa.gov). Addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion about CSAT can be found on SAMHSA’s Web site at www.samhsa.gov/about-us/who-we-are/offices-centers/csat.

Selected NIDA Educational Resources on Drug Addiction Treatment

The fol­low­ing are avail­able from the NIDA Drug­Pubs Research Dis­sem­i­na­tion Cen­ter, the Nation­al Tech­ni­cal Infor­ma­tion Ser­vice (NTIS), or the Gov­ern­ment Print­ing Office (GPO). To order, refer to the Drug­Pubs (877-NIDANIH [643‑2644]), NTIS (1–800-553‑6847), or GPO (202–512-1800) num­ber pro­vid­ed with the resource descrip­tion.

Blend­ing prod­ucts. NIDA’s Blend­ing Initiative—a joint ven­ture with SAMHSA and its nation­wide net­work of Addic­tion Tech­nol­o­gy Trans­fer Cen­ters (ATTCs)—uses “Blend­ing Teams” of com­mu­ni­ty prac­ti­tion­ers, SAMHSA train­ers, and NIDA researchers to cre­ate prod­ucts and devise strate­gic dis­sem­i­na­tion plans for them. Com­plet­ed prod­ucts include those that address the val­ue of buprenor­phine ther­a­py and onsite rapid HIV test­ing in com­mu­ni­ty treat­ment pro­grams; strate­gies for treat­ing pre­scrip­tion opi­oid depen­dence; and the need to enhance health­care work­ers’ pro­fi­cien­cy in using tools such as the Addic­tion Sever­i­ty Index (ASI), moti­va­tion­al inter­view­ing, and moti­va­tion­al incen­tives. For more infor­ma­tion on Blend­ing prod­ucts, please vis­it NIDA’s Web site at drugabuse.gov/blending-initiative.

Addic­tion Sever­i­ty Index. Pro­vides a struc­tured clin­i­cal inter­view designed to col­lect infor­ma­tion about sub­stance use and func­tion­ing in life areas from adult clients seek­ing drug abuse treat­ment. For more infor­ma­tion on using the ASI and to obtain copies of the most recent edi­tion, please vis­it triweb.tresearch.org/index.php/tools/download-asiinstruments-manuals/.

Drugs, Brains, and Behav­ior: The Sci­ence of Addic­tion(Reprint­ed 2010). This pub­li­ca­tion pro­vides an overview of the sci­ence behind the dis­ease of addic­tion. Pub­li­ca­tion #NIH 10–5605. Avail­able online at drugabuse.gov/publications/science-addiction.

Seek­ing Drug Abuse Treat­ment: Know What To Ask(2011). This lay-friend­ly pub­li­ca­tion offers guid­ance in seek­ing drug abuse treat­ment and lists five ques­tions to ask when search­ing for a treat­ment pro­gram. NIDA Pub­li­ca­tion #12–7764. Avail­able online at drugabuse.gov/publications/seeking-drug-abuse-treatment.

Prin­ci­ples of Drug Abuse Treat­ment for Crim­i­nal Jus­tice Pop­u­la­tions: A Research-Based Guide (Revised 2012)Pro­vides 13 essen­tial treat­ment prin­ci­ples and includes resource infor­ma­tion and answers to fre­quent­ly asked ques­tions. NIH Pub­li­ca­tion No.: 11–5316. Avail­able online at drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-abuse-treatment-criminal-justice-populations-research-based-guide.

NIDA Drug­Facts: Treat­ment Approach­es for Drug Addic­tion (Revised 2009). This is a fact sheet cov­er­ing research find­ings on effec­tive treat­ment approach­es for drug abuse and addic­tion. Avail­able online at drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/treatment-approaches-drugaddiction.

Alco­hol Alert (pub­lished by NIAAA). This is a quar­ter­ly bul­letin that dis­sem­i­nates impor­tant research find­ings on alco­hol abuse and alco­holism. Avail­able online at www.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/journals-and-reports/alcohol-alert.

Help­ing Patients Who Drink Too Much: A Clinicians’s guide (pub­lished by NIAAA). This book­let is writ­ten for pri­ma­ry care and men­tal health clin­i­cians and pro­vides guid­ance in screen­ing and man­ag­ing alco­hol-depen­dent patients. Avail­able online at pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/Practitioner/CliniciansGuide2005/clinicians_guide.htm.

Research Report Series: Ther­a­peu­tic Com­mu­ni­ty (2002). This report pro­vides infor­ma­tion on the role of res­i­den­tial drug-free set­tings and their role in the treat­ment process. NIH Pub­li­ca­tion #02–4877. Avail­able online at drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/therapeutic-community.

Initiatives Designed to Move Treatment Research into Practice

Clinical Trials Network

Assess­ing the real-world effec­tive­ness of evi­dence-based treat­ments is a cru­cial step in bring­ing research to prac­tice. Estab­lished in 1999, NIDA’s Nation­al Drug Abuse Treat­ment Clin­i­cal Tri­als Net­work (CTN) uses com­mu­ni­ty set­tings with diverse patient pop­u­la­tions and con­di­tions to adjust and test pro­to­cols to meet the prac­ti­cal needs of addic­tion treat­ment. Since its incep­tion, the CTN has test­ed phar­ma­co­log­i­cal and behav­ioral inter­ven­tions for drug abuse and addic­tion, along with com­mon co-occur­ring con­di­tions (e.g., HIV and PTSD) among var­i­ous tar­get pop­u­la­tions, includ­ing ado­les­cent drug abusers, preg­nant drug-abus­ing women, and Span­ish-speak­ing patients. The CTN has also test­ed pre­ven­tion strate­gies in drug-abus­ing groups at high risk for HCV and HIV and has become a key ele­ment of NIDA’s mul­ti­pronged approach to move promis­ing sci­ence-based drug addic­tion treat­ments rapid­ly into com­mu­ni­ty set­tings. For more infor­ma­tion on the CTN, please vis­it drugabuse.gov/CTN.

Criminal Justice-Drug Abuse Treatment Studies

NIDA is tak­ing an approach sim­i­lar to the CTN to enhance treat­ment for drug-addict­ed indi­vid­u­als involved with the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem through Crim­i­nal Justice–Drug Abuse Treat­ment Stud­ies (CJ-DATS). Where­as NIDA’s CTN has as its over­rid­ing mis­sion the improve­ment of the qual­i­ty of drug abuse treat­ment by mov­ing inno­v­a­tive approach­es into the larg­er com­mu­ni­ty, research sup­port­ed through CJ-DATS is designed to effect change by bring­ing new treat­ment mod­els into the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem and there­by improve out­comes for offend­ers with sub­stance use dis­or­ders. It seeks to achieve bet­ter inte­gra­tion of drug abuse treat­ment with oth­er pub­lic health and pub­lic safe­ty forums and rep­re­sents a col­lab­o­ra­tion among NIDA; SAMHSA; the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion (CDC); Depart­ment of Jus­tice agen­cies; and a host of drug treat­ment, crim­i­nal jus­tice, and health and social ser­vice pro­fes­sion­als.

Blending Teams

Anoth­er way in which NIDA is seek­ing to active­ly move sci­ence into prac­tice is through a joint ven­ture with SAMHSA and its nation­wide net­work of Addic­tion Tech­nol­o­gy Trans­fer Cen­ters (ATTCs). This process involves the col­lab­o­ra­tive efforts of com­mu­ni­ty treat­ment prac­ti­tion­ers, SAMHSA train­ers, and NIDA researchers, some of whom form “Blend­ing Teams” to cre­ate prod­ucts and devise strate­gic dis­sem­i­na­tion plans for them. Through the cre­ation of prod­ucts designed to fos­ter adop­tion of new treat­ment strate­gies, Blend­ing Teams are instru­men­tal in get­ting the lat­est evi­dence-based tools and prac­tices into the hands of treat­ment pro­fes­sion­als. To date, a num­ber of prod­ucts have been com­plet­ed. Top­ics have includ­ed increas­ing aware­ness of the val­ue of buprenor­phine ther­a­py and enhanc­ing health­care work­ers’ pro­fi­cien­cy in using tools such as the ASI, moti­va­tion­al inter­view­ing, and moti­va­tion­al incen­tives. For more infor­ma­tion on Blend­ing prod­ucts, please vis­it NIDA’s Web site at drugabuse.gov/nidasamhsa-blending-initiative.

Other Federal Resources

NIDA Drug­Pubs Research Dis­sem­i­na­tion Cen­ter. NIDA pub­li­ca­tions and treat­ment mate­ri­als are avail­able from this infor­ma­tion source. Staff pro­vide assis­tance in Eng­lish and Span­ish, and have TTY/TDD capa­bil­i­ty. Phone: 877-NIDA-NIH (877–643-2644); TTY/TDD: 240–645-0228; fax: 240–645-0227; e-mail: drugpubs@nida.nih.gov; Web site: drugpubs.drugabuse.gov.

The Nation­al Reg­istry of Evi­dence-Based Pro­grams and Prac­tices. This data­base of inter­ven­tions for the pre­ven­tion and treat­ment of men­tal and sub­stance use dis­or­ders is main­tained by SAMHSA and can be accessed at www.samhsa.gov/nrepp.

SAMHSA’s Store has a wide range of prod­ucts, includ­ing man­u­als, brochures, videos, and oth­er pub­li­ca­tions. Phone: 800–487-4889; Web site: store.samhsa.gov.

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

Clin­i­cal Tri­als. For more infor­ma­tion on fed­er­al­ly and pri­vate­ly sup­port­ed clin­i­cal tri­als, please vis­it clinicaltrials.gov.

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