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Clinical Care Guidelines

Substance Use Disorder: Manual for Physicians
All India Institute of Medical Sciences:  National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre, 2005
These guidelines contain inputs from the World Health Organization and India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. It also provides a section on psychosocial treatment in substance abuse disorders.

Practice Parameter for the Assessment and Treatment of Children and Adolescents With Substance Use Disorders
American Academy of Child Adolescent Psychiatry, 2005
Based on scientific evidence and clinical consensus regarding diagnosis and effective treatment as well as on the current state of clinical practice, this practice parameter describes the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with substance use disorders.

Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Patients With Substance Use Disorders
American Psychiatric Association, 2006 and 2007
Based on available evidence and clinical consensus, these Practice Guidelines offer treatment recommendations to help psychiatrists develop plans for the care of adult patients with substance use disorder. In 2007, a supplement was published to include results on the efficacy of medication, behavioral therapies, and their combinations for treatment of alcohol dependence in non-specialty treatment settings and two novel pharmacotherapies have been approved for use in the treatment of nicotine and alcohol dependence. Additionally, a quick reference guide is also available.
VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for Management of Substance Use Disorder
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 2009
Intended to reduce current practice variation and provide facilities with a structured framework to help improve patient outcomes, this Guideline provides evidence-based recommendations to assist providers and their patients in the decision-making process for patients with substance use disorder.
Substance Use Guidelines
Headspace, 2006–2011
This list of guidelines provide evidence-based information about the treatment of substance use disorders in young people and adults.


The goal of the AHRQ-funded project, Youth Providers 2.0 (YP2.0), is to improve the use of evidence-based practices among health care providers caring for adolescents and young adults. To accomplish this goal, SAHM will engage in a number of activities using new media to improve the dissemination of patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) to health professionals.

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