Substance Use Disorder

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  • SAMHSA Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit (2016) | Equips health care providers, communities, and local governments with material to develop practices and policies to help prevent opioid-related overdoses and deaths. Addresses issues for health care providers, first responders, treatment providers, and those recovering from opioid overdose.
  • Behavioral Health Services for People Who Are Homeless (2013) | SAMHSA publication of Treatment Improvement Protocol 55
  • Addressing Tobacco Use in Homeless Populations: Recommendations of the Expert Panel (2010) | The Break Free Alliance presents this resource on tobacco cessation with individuals experiencing homelessness as part of an initiative through the Health Education Council. The mission of the Health Education Council is to promote good health in all communities through advocacy and education. The Break Free Alliance is a collaboration between various agencies across the country – including the National Health Care for the Homeless Council – created to decrease tobacco burden in impoverished communities. The recommendations in this report come from an expert panel comprised of clinicians, researchers, individuals who have experienced homelessness, policymakers and other stakeholders. To read more about the Break Free Alliance, click here.
  • Alcohol Use Disorders in Homeless Populations | National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism of the National Institutes of Health, Social Education for the Prevention and Treatment of Alcohol Use Disorders.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous | Program philosophy and related information including information for professionals. Materials and literature are available in Braille, easy-to-read pamphlets and more.
  • Baltimore Mental Health Services Symptom Screening Form (2004) | Screening tool developed by the City of Baltimore which heightens clinicians’ ability to identify co-occurring disorders (comorbid mental illness and substance-related disorders) and has significantly increased treatment effectiveness.
  • Clinical Drug Testing in Primary Care (2012) | SAMHSA | A new resource, Clinical Drug Testing in Primary Care, is now available to help clinicians decide when and how to introduce drug testing in their primary care practices. The publication does not address drug testing for law enforcement or legal purposes, nor does it include testing for the use of anabolic steroids or performance-enhancing substances. Rather, the publication describes some of the ways that drug testing can contribute to the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of patients seen in primary care, the management of the treatment of chronic pain, and the identification and treatment of substance use disorders.
  • Co-occurring Mental Illness and Substance-Related Disorders (2009) | An extensive bibliography compiled in March 2009 including articles, books, and presentations on the scientific understanding of comorbid substance-related and mental disorders. References include research findings and recommended practices for the care of homeless individuals with these co-occurring disorders.
  • Criminal Activity and Substance Abuse Study: Central City Concern: Mentor and ADFC Housing Programs (2008) | Regional Research Institute for Human Services, Portland State University – Results from this study of 87 recipients of drug treatment services enrolled in the Mentor and Alcohol Drug Free Communities (ADFC) programs through Central City Concern in Portland, Oregon demonstrated a 95% reduction in drug use and a 93% reduction in criminal activity post-treatment relative to pre-treatment levels.
  • Drug Rehabs | A national listing of drug rehab sites searchable by state and drug type. Also includes self-assessment tools, articles and links to resources.
  • Harm Reduction: Preparing for Change (2010) | Harm reduction can be used as an approach for substance use treatment to openly negotiate with clients the behavior change that is most likely to be achieved.
  • Harm Reduction Coalition | Explains principles of harm reduction, includes resources for providers, links to training, and focuses on HIV, syringe access, hepatitis C, overdose, drug treatment and safer use.
  • Leading Change: A Plan for SAMHSA’s Roles and Actions 2011-2014 | Introduces eight new Strategic Initiatives that will guide SAMHSA’s work from 2011 through 2014 to help people with mental and substance use disorders and their families to build strong communities, prevent behavioral health problems, and promote better health for all Americans.
  • Narcotics Anonymous World Services | An international, community-based association of recovering drug addicts with weekly meetings in countries worldwide. Provides links to help lines, NA events and a product catalog.
  • National Association of Drug Court Professionals | Information about drug courts, publications and other resources.
  • National Inhalant Prevention Coalition | Information about inhalants, the inhalant prevention campaign, signs and symptoms of inhalant use, answers to common questions asked of medical and health professionals, plus links to resources including videos, posters, curricula, brochures, comic books | Materials available in Spanish.
  • National Institute on Chemical Dependency | Offers a list of street slang terms as well as treatment resources and addiction information.
  • National Institutes on Drug Abuse: Medical & Health Professionals | An online catalog where you can find, read and order NIDA publications, videotapes, posters and access resources by target audience | Many materials in Spanish.
  • Notification of Intent to use Schedule III, IV or V Opioid Drugs for the Maintenance and Detoxification Treatment of Opiate Addiction under 21 USC § 823(g)(2), 03/31/2009 (form).
  • Oxford House | A self-run, self-supported recovery house program for individuals recovering from alcoholism and drug addiction.
  • RehabInfo | Comprehensive information about addiction, treatment options and the path to full recovery and is a supplement to the SAMHSA Treatment Facility Locator.
  • | Provides basic street drug information and links to educational materials, reports and referral resources. Has materials for different audiences including students; parents, teachers and caregivers; law and health professionals. An online store features drug ID charts, drug identification guides, materials in Spanish and in English.
  • Substance Abuse & Mental Health Administration | Provides basic drug and mental health information and links to educational materials, reports and referral resources.
  • Tobacco Free | Association of Clinicians for the Underserved | Inspired by expert recommendations, Tobacco Free brings you information and resources on the most effective tobacco use interventions for underserved patients, including office systems, motivational interventions and pharmacotherapy.
  • Information and links to resources on methamphetamine abuse and meth mouth are located on our Oral Health page.