Principles of Drug Abuse Treatment for Criminal Justice Populations

A Research-Based Guide

About the Course:

This guide is intended to describe the treatment principles and research findings that are of particular relevance to the criminal justice community and to treatment professionals working with drug abusing offenders. It relies primarily on drug abuse treatment research supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and focuses largely on individuals for whom drug addiction is a debilitating disease.

Publication Date:

July 2006

Authors

Bennett W. Fletcher, Ph.D.; Redonna K. Chandler, Ph.D.

About the Authors:

Bennett W. Fletcher, Ph.D., is with the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Redonna K. Chandler, Ph.D., is with the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about principles of drug abuse treatment for criminal justice populations. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Identify general, over-arching principles of drug abuse treatment for criminal justice populations.

  2. Discuss frequently asked questions regarding drug abuse treatment for criminal offenders, including justification for treatment, effectiveness, and specific treatment methods.

  3. List online resources for further information and the specific areas in which each resource may be most helpful.

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