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NIDA. (1998, November 1). New Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Resources for Communities and Treatment Providers. Retrieved from

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November 01, 1998

Three new NIDA publications offer research-based information on preventing and treating drug abuse for communities, drug abuse treatment providers, and others. The publications continue NIDA's campaign to disseminate current research information and expedite its use. All three publications are free of charge.

Research has shown that to succeed, drug abuse prevention and treatment programs must be tailored to specific community needs. This new guidebook is designed to help communities, cities, counties, and States determine the extent of drug abuse problems in their areas and develop the most effective prevention and treatment programs for their needs. The 124-page volume explains why community epidemiology surveillance networks are necessary and how communities can create their own networks to identify local drug use patterns and trends. The guidebook also tells how to obtain drug use data and contains sample forms and other tools to help with data collection and organization. Assessing Drug Abuse is based on the experience of NIDA's Community Epidemiology Work Group, a network of researchers that has monitored national drug abuse trends in the United States for more than 20 years.

Therapy Manuals for Drug Addiction Series

NIDA has released the first two manuals in this series, which is being developed to help treatment providers and mental health professionals obtain and use up-to-date research information on effective approaches to treating drug addiction.

This 127-page manual describes a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) program developed by researchers at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, for treating addiction. CBT is a short-term, flexible approach and is clinically proven to help individuals recognize and avoid situations in which they may use drugs. The program teaches drug abusers in treatment to use coping skills to solve problems linked with drug use, such as difficult family relationships or losing a job. The manual provides an overview of the basic principles of CBT and explains the structure and topics to be used in treatment sessions.

This manual guides drug abuse treatment providers in using a community reinforcement plus vouchers approach, a behavioral strategy for treating cocaine addiction that has been proven effective in clinical trials. This multicomponent treatment approach combines community reinforcement, including individual counseling and skills training, with an incentive program using vouchers. Therapists tailor the individual counseling and skills training sessions to each patient's needs. As long as the patient remains in treatment and abstinent from cocaine, he or she earns points that can be exchanged for vouchers to receive incentives, such as fishing licenses or gift certificates to restaurants or shops. The 148-page manual gives step-by-step instructions for implementing the community reinforcement plus vouchers approach, including the style, technique, and structure of counseling needed. The manual also describes the format to be used for initial counseling sessions and training sessions on drug avoidance skills.