Potential Barriers to Implementing Evidence-Based Practices in Substance Abuse Treatment

Gene M. Lutz, University of Northern Iowa
B. Keith Crew, University of Northern Iowa

ABSTRACT
Recent state and federal funding streams for substance abuse treatment have focused on "evidencc-based" or "best practices" priorities. Policy makers will have to take into account that support for this policy direction will vary widely among treatment agency directors and front-line counselors. In this paper we identify and discuss several potential sources of conflict that may hamper full implementation of this approach to substance abuse policy and practice.

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Updated 05/20/2006