ERIC Number: ED466898
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
Substance Abuse: Improving the Quality of Treatment. Join Together Action Kit, Spring 2002.
Join Together, Boston, MA.
The issue of quality in substance abuse treatment is often complicated due to persistent discrimination against people with drug and alcohol disease. The result is a self-perpetuating cycle of poor outcomes and misperceptions about the disease. However, research shows that treatment for drug and alcohol conditions, when properly delivered, can lead to significant reductions in drinking and drug taking, and major improvements in physical and mental health and social functioning. The purpose of this Action Kit is to help community leaders develop and implement a strategy to increase standards of quality for substance abuse treatment. This document can be a blueprint for members of communities to understand the current landscape and to create a new standard of care for those seeking to recover from substance abuse. It is based on the scientific literature on effective treatment and the work of those who have studied and developed a framework on quality treatment performance measures. Using the National Institute on Drug Abuses (NIDA) Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment, the kit offers tips and activities for communities working to improve the quality of substance abuse treatment. A worksheet for putting the NIDA principles to work is included. (GCP)
Descriptors: Community Involvement, Outcomes of Treatment, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Standards, Strategic Planning, Substance Abuse
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Join Together, Boston, MA.