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Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health
 
 
 

EBP

Evidence-Based Practices and Substance Abuse Treatment for Native Americans


A variety of forces are now shaping a passionate debate regarding the optimal approaches to improving the quality of substance abuse services for American Indian and Alaska Native communities. While there have been some highly successful efforts to meld the traditions of American Indian and Alaska Native tribes with that of 12-step approaches, some American Indian and Alaska Natives remain profoundly uncomfortable with the dominance of this Euro-American approach to substance abuse treatment in their communities. This long-standing tension has now been complicated by the emergence of a number of evidence-based treatments that, while holding substantial promise for improving treatment for American Indian and Alaska Natives with substance use problems, may conflict with both American Indian and Alaska Native and 12-step healing traditions.

The specific aims of this project are as follows:

  • to describe the use of specific evidence-based treatments in substance abuse treatment programs serving American Indian and Alaska Native communities;
  • to describe the factors associated with the implementation of evidence-based treatments in these programs; and
  • to identify methods for more effective dissemination of evidence-based treatments to substance abuse treatment programs serving American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

The project is supported by an Advisory Board  of clinicians and administrators from substance abuse treatment programs serving American Indian and Alaska Native communities, program evaluators, and researchers.

  • To learn more about this project’s design, please visit our About page. 
  • To learn more about our supplementary project focusing on workforce issues in substance abuse treatment programs serving American Indian and Alaska Native communities, please visit our Workforce Supplement page.
  • To learn more about our project team (including our Advisory Board), please visit our Project Team page.
  • To view project presentations and abstracts of publication, please visit our Publications page.
  • To view the measures utilized in the different stages of this project, please visit our Project Measures page.
  • To receive periodic updates about our project via email, please visit our Project Updates page.

This project is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (R01DA022239).

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