Are States Considering the Evidence in Addiction Treatment?

From October 2006 through January 2010, researchers at Oregon Health and Science University conducted three annual surveys of state agencies responsible for substance abuse programs. The purpose of these surveys was to gauge the extent of efforts to implement evidence-based practices for substance abuse treatment.

Key Findings

  • In promoting the use of evidence-based practices, states were concentrating on education, training and infrastructure development.
  • Some 31 of the 48 states (and the District of Columbia) that responded to the survey reported using evidence-based practices as a criterion in contracts with treatment providers.
  • The use of proven psychosocial interventions and addiction medications increased significantly from 2007 to 2009 while wraparound services decreased.