Pharmacological Treatment for Substance Abuse

The California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare's (CEBC's) primary focus is to review and rate selected evidence-based psychosocial programs within child welfare. The Clearinghouse is not designed to, nor does it have the capacity to be able to, review extensive medical and pharmacological treatments.

Pharmacological treatment for substance abuse has been heavily researched and is an important aspect of substance abuse treatment. Excerpts from two articles are provided that address the current pharmacological treatment available for alcohol abuse and opiate addiction.

Click on the links below if you are interested in any of these topics:

Substance Abuse Resources

Cochrane Collaboration — The Cochrane Collaboration is an international not-for-profit organization providing up-to-date information about the effects of health care.

National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare

The National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW) is an initiative of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and jointly funded by the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) within the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Office on Child Abuse and Neglect (OCAN) within the Administration on Children, Youth, and Families' (ACYF) Children's Bureau. This website provides an enormous amount of relevant and pertinent information regarding substance abuse for the child welfare field.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

NIAAA is funded by the National Institutes of Health. NIAAA provides leadership in the national effort to reduce alcohol-related problems by:

  • Conducting and supporting research in a wide range of scientific areas including genetics, neuroscience, epidemiology, health risks and benefits of alcohol consumption, prevention, and treatment
  • Coordinating and collaborating with other research institutes and Federal Programs on alcohol-related issues
  • Collaborating with international, national, state, and local institutions, organizations, agencies, and programs engaged in alcohol-related work
  • Translating and disseminating research findings to health care providers, researchers, policymakers, and the public

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

NIDA is funded by the National Institutes of Health. The mission of the NIDA is to lead the Nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction.