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Research In Practice
Volume 15, Number 6 (January, 2001)

NIDA Sends Clinical Toolbox to 12,000 Drug Abuse Treatment Providers

By Josephine Thomas, NIDA NOTES Contributing Writer


NIDA has mailed the new "Clinical Toolbox: Science-Based Materials For Drug Abuse Treatment Providers" to 12,000 treatment providers across the Nation. The Toolbox was developed to respond to the need expressed by treatment professionals for research materials that document the best treatment practices.

"The Toolbox is one of NIDA's most important responses to our mandate to disseminate state-of-the-art research information about drug addiction and its treatment," says NIDA Director Dr. Alan I. Leshner. "It provides treatment professionals with a wealth of materials on new and effective approaches to helping individuals with drug-related problems."

The Toolbox materials are housed and mailed in a box similar to a magazine file, which is designed to accommodate future NIDA publications on effective drug abuse treatment approaches as they are published. The materials include a variety of publications based on NIDA-supported research, including the following:

Clinical Toolbox

A wide variety of science-based drug abuse treatment information is included in NIDA's Clinical Toolbox.

  • Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide, one of NIDA's most popular publications. The 54-page booklet presents the 13 principles of effective drug abuse treatment, answers frequently asked questions, describes categories of treatment programs, and offers examples of scientifically validated approaches to treating drug addiction.

  • The first three in a series of drug abuse therapy manuals, which offer information to help treatment practitioners provide consistent comprehensive and effective care. The therapies in the three manuals reflect the current state of knowledge in the field of cocaine addiction treatment. The manuals are: A Cognitive-Behavioral Approach: Treating Cocaine Addiction; A Community Reinforcement Plus Vouchers Approach: Treating Cocaine Addiction; and An Individual Drug Counseling Approach To Treat Cocaine Addiction: The Collaborative Cocaine Treatment Study Model. Future manuals will relate to other areas of drug abuse and treatment, including family treatment to address the needs of adolescents with drug abuse problems.

  • Six NIDA Research Reports, each of which summarizes the findings of researchers with respect to the scope, effects, treatment, and prevention of abuse of a particular drug or class of drugs: anabolic steroids, cocaine, methamphetamine, nicotine, inhalants, and heroin.

  • Approaches To Drug Abuse Counseling, a book that provides detailed descriptions of 12 drug abuse counseling models currently in use in the United States. Each of these approaches has made substantive contributions to the field, and many serve as models for other programs that have been launched successfully or are in development.

  • A Commonly Abused Drugs chart, a laminated reference card that provides information about most major drugs of abuse, their commercial and street names, their short- and long-term effects, their modes of administration, and their Drug Enforcement Administration controlled substances schedules.

  • NIDA's Publications Catalog, which lists all available NIDA publications, posters, curricula, audio/video materials, and other products and provides information on how to order them.
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