• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

This book is an attempt to bridge the gap between research on substance abuse treatment programs and what actually goes on in the field of substance abuse treatment. It is aimed at both the academic and practitioner market (as is Perkinson) and it clearly describes how to determine what evidence based practice is and it addresses some of the challenges that practioners and agency directors might face in implementing EBP. The book is well-written and highly practical. It contains two complete case studies that outline two examples of Evidence based practice which will be particularly useful in the course market.

Conclusions and Future Directions
Conclusions and future directions

The complex and changing demands of practice will almost always outstrip the scientific knowledge base and treatment guidelines, no matter how well developed or scientifically sound, will never totally eliminate the need for experienced clinical judgment. But that reality should not deter the use of science to inform and guide practice to the extent possible. (Tucker & Roth, 2006, p. 920)

As substance abuse treatment efficacy and effectiveness research increases in both the number of studies and in their scientific rigor, we can begin to identify practices that work—or do not work—with particular subgroups of clients, paying attention to human diversity. However, the identification of effective practices is only one small step in improving substance abuse treatment delivery. At ...

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