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Evidence-Based Practice in Addictions


SoAP has an ongoing interest in evidence based practices (EBPs) in addictions treatment. The division provides continuing education on EBPs, and is working to provide a useful portal of information on EBPs in addictions. The division is now collecting additional information for the portal to provide division members, other psychologists, and the general public with useful information on such practices. Many organizations have amassed such information and resources, so our goal is to help you efficiently find what is available. 

The following links are provided for information only and do not imply any endorsement by APA SoAP.

NIAAA Clinician's Guide

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism has prepared a guide for clinicians to help them work with individuals with alcohol problems. The resource is a downloadable booklet entitledHelping Patients Who Drink Too Much: A Clinician's Guide. It is accompanied by a variety of materials, such as video, handouts, and publications, and is available in English and Spanish.

NIDA Clinical Trials Network

The NIDA Clinical Trials Network (CTN) site provides examples of multi-site clinical trials and related information dissemination efforts in diverse clinical treatment settings.

National Implementation Research Network (NIRN)

The National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) provides an example of focused efforts on implementation science.

Cochrane Collaboration

The Cochrane Collaboration is an example of efforts towards systematic literature reviews of intervention studies.


National Quality Forum - Substance Use Treatment Project

The National Quality Forum, a group of stakeholder organizations, has created a set of national voluntary consensus standards for a variety of conditions. One of these is the treatment of substance use conditions using evidence-based treatment practices. 


Implementation Science

This is a site featuring a new open access journal Implementation Science.

National Gains Center

This SAMHSA funded site serves to collect and disseminate information about effective mental health and substance use services for people with co-occurring disorders who are in contact with the justice system, while also helping to expand community resources for helping these individuals.  GAINS stands for gathering information (G), assessing what works (A), interpreting/integrating the facts (I), networking (N), and stimulating change (S).

VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guidelines for Substance Use Disorders

This is a set of guidelines used by Veteran’s Administration and Department of Defense treatment facilities regarding critical decision points in the practice of evidence-based treatment of substance use disorders.


SAMHSA – Co-Occurring Center for Excellence

This resource developed by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides useful resources addressing the combination of problems related to addiction and trauma, highlighting publications and additional resource-rich websites.

Useful Resources Identified by Division 56 (Trauma Psychology) 

This website provides a collection of tips for mental health professionals working in trauma, information on training and research in trauma, presentations and biographies on trauma, as well as links to other organizations working in the field of trauma.


Website on Research Supported Psychological Treatments by Division 12 (Clinical Psychology)

This is a website offering information on research supported psychological treatments that can be searched by disorder or treatment, and that also offers useful links describing resources such as books or other websites useful for a broad variety of mental health issues.



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