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Treating Patients with Addiction

  • New Nursing Homes Microsoft Excel File that accept Opioid Treatment Program patients posted 11/2013
  • Biomarkers in the Treatment of Alcohol Use Disorders, 2012 Revision, The Role of External Link PDF Document - SAMHSA Advisory: Discusses the role of alcohol biomarkers in the clinical, medical, and forensic settings and examines strategies for their use and interpretation in varying circumstances such as clinical, criminal justice, and impaired healthcare provider settings.
  • Clinical Drug Testing in Primary Care (SAMHSA TAP 32) External Link PDF Document - For clinical practitioners (physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants) who provide primary care in office settings and community health centers. The publication provides information that practitioners need when deciding whether to introduce drug testing in their practices and gives guidance on implementing drug testing.
  • Common Problems in Patients Recovering from Chemical Dependency PDF DocumentExternal Link - Prescribing and general care guidelines - American Family Physicians
  • Detox: "The Next Step Toward a Better Life" PDF Document External Link - (SAMHSA) For people who are undergoing detoxification or about to leave detoxification services, this brochure provides information on what to expect following detoxification and encourages the reader to enter substance abuse treatment after detoxification.
  • Impairment Assessment Tool PDF Document - The Impairment assessment tool has been devised to help a program judge the likelihood of a patient/client being impaired on presentation to the program. This tool can be used in the outpatient setting or by inpatient programs on patients being admitted or returning from pass. It is meant as only a checklist of items one can consider when evaluating a patient.
  • NIDAMED External Link - Additional NIDA tools and resources for medical and health professional
  • Synthetic Drug Training Package External Link - From the Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) - the purpose of this introductory training package is to provide clinicians from a variety of work and educational backgrounds with a detailed overview of synthetic drugs.


  • Getting Started with Medication-assisted Treatment (NIATx Toolkit) PDF DocumentExternal Link- Advancing Recovery: State / Provider Partnerships for Quality Addiction Care (AR) was a national initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The five-year (2005-2010) project was co-directed by the Network for the Improvement of Addiction Treatment (NIATx) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Treatment Research Institute (TRI) in Philadelphia. The goal of the grant was to promote the use of evidence-based practices such as MAT through innovative partnerships between state agencies and treatment organizations. This toolkit shares lessons that emerged from the efforts of several of the grantees to establish MAT programs in their organizations.
  • Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) 49: Incorporating Alcohol Pharmacotherapies Into Medical Practice PDF Document External Link - Written for physicians and other health care providers, presents information on the four medications approved by the FDA to treat this disease: acamprosate, disulfiram, oral naltrexone and extended-release injectable naltrexone. It describes each medication’s mechanisms of action, proper dosing, side effects and their management, indications and contraindications and patient management.


  • Buprenorphine
    • Best Practices in the Use of Buprenorphine External Link PDF Document - This report describes the project "Development of Best Practice Guidelines for the Use of Buprenorphine in Opiate Maintenance Treatment," which was conducted by the Institute for Research, Education, and Training in Addictions (IRETA). Presents clinical guidelines that provide guidance for clinicians and payers in their efforts to improve the quality of treatment services for consumers with opiate addiction.
  • CPT Codes for Suboxone/Subutex services

  • Here to Help External Link - A combination of direct personal outreach and web-based services to assist patients in overcoming barriers to buprenorphine treatment and embarking on a course of long-term recovery.


HIV and Addiction Treatment

  • Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) in HIV-Infected Women External Link NYS DOH AIDS Institute
  • HIV Clinical Resources External Link - Guidance on the Use of Buprenorphine in HIV-Infected Patients, Quick Reference Card: Screening for Substance Use in HIV-Infected Patients, Substance Use and Dependence Among HIV-Infected Adolescents and Young Adults. NYSDOH AIDS Institute
  • HIV Testing Law 2010 External Link - Change in state law requires health professionals to offer voluntary HIV tests to patients 13 to 64 years old. New law also simplifies informed consent process, allowing for verbal consent in some circumstances.

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