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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What sources were used to select EBPs for this database?

With few exceptions, practices included have peer-reviewed research documenting their evidence base, and/or are recognized by a reputable organization as evidence-based. A list of the sources used is available here.

2. Why aren't there any practices listed for treating ______ (specific population group, drug problem)

We haven't found treatment practices meeting the selection criteria for every population group or drug problem. The inclusion process was conservative, so that we are naming only protocols with strong scientific evidence of efficacy in treating substance use disorders. To view more resources and websites about EBPs and best practices for specific populations click here. If you can't find what you're looking for using the listed resources you might try checking with other agencies or contacting your regional Addiction Technology Transfer Center for help locating an EBP that will meet your needs.

3. Why aren't CSAT Treatment Improvement Protocols (TIPs) included in the database of EBPs?

TIPs are written by panels of experts to address many aspects of substance abuse treatment. TIPs represent a consensus of the expert opinion on evidence-based or best practices that may not have been subjected (yet) to the more rigorous clinical trials required to meet criteria for evidence-based practices. For a list of TIPS, click here.

4. How come my search did not retreive any hits?

The database is still small (40 EBPs), so if your search combined terms in several fields (e.g., population AND drug problem AND therapy type), your search may be too specific to find any hits that match all your criteria. If this happens, try broadening your search by un-checking terms from one or more fields. For example, if you checked terms in the Population field and the Drug Problem field and the Therapy Type field, the search would have to find all of your terms within a record in order to retrieve it as a "hit."  See what happens if you un-check terms in one or more fields, e.g., just search for the Population or Drug Problem you're interested in.

5. Where can I get help implementing EBPs in my treatment center or practice?

For training and technical assistance regarding the implementation of EBPs, contact the Addiction Technology Transfer Center for your region. In Washington and Oregon, contact the Northwest Frontier Addiction Technology Transfer Center, (phone) 503-373-1322.


If you have a question, suggestion, or comment about the EBP Substance Abuse database,
please e-mail us at adai@uw.edu. Thank you!


EBP Substance Abuse was developed as a joint project of the University of the Washington Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute and the
Northwest Frontier Addiction Technology Transfer Center, with funding from the Washington State Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse.
It is currently maintained by ADAI. For comments or suggestions, email adai@uw.edu.

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