How to Make Your Teaching Matter: Evidence-Based Teaching Strategies for Addiction Professionals

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Washington, D.C.
United States

You are invited to join this webinar with Jason M. Satterfield, PhD on 'How to Make Your Teaching Matter: Evidence-Based Teaching Strategies for Addiction Professionals'.

Jason is the Academy Endowed Chair for Innovation in Teaching and Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of California San Francisco.

When: Friday Jan 29 at 9am PT / 12 EST

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An Outcome Evaluation of Drug Treatment in Afghanistan


Afghanistan has remained one of the biggest producers and exporters of opium. Opium production comprises 7% of Afghanistan’s estimated Gross National Product (GNP) and between 20% to 32% of the total GNP when including illegal drug trafficking (UNODC/MCN, 2017). The ravages of war and poverty have likely contributed to increasing levels of illicit drug abuse in Afghanistan (U.S. Department of State, 2011).

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), in partnership with the Colombo Plan Drug Advisory Programme (CPDAP), began funding the operation of several Afghan drug treatment centers in 2005. A network of 103 drug abuse treatment (DAT) Centers across Afghanistan provide residential, outpatient, and home-based treatment services to Afghans. The CPDAP has trained center staff on the eight basic and ten advanced Universal Treatment Curriculum (UTC) courses, as well as providing quality monitoring and operational training and technical assistance (with the assistance of UNODC). An evaluation by the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) in 2012 found significant reductions in illicit drug use, drug use consequences, and criminal behavior for patients who completed residential treatment.

Due to rapid social changes and growth of the Afghan treatment system, PIRE, in collaboration with CPDAP, conducted a second evaluation between 2015 and 2018. The study had similar aims of examining changes in illegal drug use and criminal behavior due to the program, but additionally sought to examine whether treatment outcomes varied by gender, treatment modality, and center sponsor (NGOs or MoPH).


A probability sample of 32 Afghan DAT Centers, located in 18 of the 34 Afghan provinces, participated in this evaluation. Six of the sampled DAT Centers served females and 26 served males exclusively. Eighteen DAT Centers utilized a residential, 11 utilized a home-based, and three utilized an outpatient treatment modality. The clients interviewed at baseline consisted of 1,022 clients within one to five days after completing detoxification. Eight hundred sixty-five (865 or 85%) were re-interviewed 12 months later after completing primary treatment (and most of the secondary treatment). Urine drug screens were also conducted with all clients. Drug use was defined by self-report data and then corrected by urine screen data if the urine screen indicated use had indeed occurred.


There were substantial declines in illicit substance, including opioids and methamphetamines, one year following treatment. These effects were presumably due to the UTC treatment received by clients.


  • 30% decrease (100% to 70%) in any illicit drugs one year after primary treatment
  • Men (27% decrease) and women (48% decrease) had large decreases in any substance use that were not significantly different
  • Clients in residential (66%), outpatient (70%), and home- based (79%) treatment centers showed similar levels of use of any illegal drug at follow-up; however, the evidence is slightly biased towards favoring residential centers.
  • Minimal differences in treatment outcomes due to NGO or by MoPH being the treatment center operator.
  • 80% reduction in serious crimes and 45% reduction in non-serious crimes at treatment completion.


The results of the Afghanistan drug abuse treatment evaluation show positive change (i.e. statistically significant reductions) in illegal drug use and criminal behavior. Our results suggest that although the reductions in illegal drug tended to be larger for women than men, both genders showed large decreases in drug use. Meaningful reductions in substance use occurred in all three treatment modalities (residential, outpatient, and home-based). The differences in treatment modality tended to favor inpatient treatment but were similar overall. Based on the foregoing, we make the following recommendations.

  1. DAT Centers should provide continued treatment and outreach services to former clients who relapse.
  2. Treatment emphasis should continue to be placed on ensuring that clients complete primary and secondary treatment.
  3. Ensure DAT Center staff have ongoing access to training on UTC basic and advanced courses.
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Addictions Counseling Today Update Newsletters (ACT-SAB Update)

Each issue of the Addictions Counseling Today: Substances & Addictive Behaviors (ACT-SAB) Update provides select research highlights, most of which will appear in subsequent editions of ACT-SAB.

In each update the cited references appear on the last page, ensuring your ease of finding the actual reference should this be important to you.


Published by:
Kevin Alderson, PhD, R. Psych.
Counselling and Clinical Psychologist
Professor Emeritus, Counselling Psychology, University of Calgary

Webinar | Building Strength and Resilience during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Event Date
Washington, D.C.
United States

Building Strength and Resilience during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Focus on Parents with Substance Use Disorders and Their Children

A live webinar exploring strategies for building strength and resilience in parents with substance use disorders during this difficult time.

Presenter: Hendrée E Jones, PhD, Executive Director, UNC Horizons, Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of North Carolina

Moderator: Cary Hopkins Eyles, MA, CAP
Date: 11/11/2020 at 9:00am Eastern / 2pm London

Location: Webinar
To register please email Cary Hopkins Eyles at: eylesc [at] icuddr [dot] org

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Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez

This webinar, hosted by SAMHSA's GAINS Center, provides an overview of the recently released Family Treatment Court Best Practice Standards developed by The Center for Children and Family Futures and the National Association of Drug Court Professionals.

Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez

This webinar presents information about implementing MAT in criminal justice settings, provides insight into current MAT programs, and solutions for overcoming barriers.

Child Art: The Intersection of Art and Neuroscience

NIDA has worked with the International Child Art Foundation on their current issue of ChildArt which focuses on brain development and child health. It features the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study which will have many implications for adolescent prevention and treatment.

Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez

The American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT), American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), and Opioid Response Network (ORN) hosted a special COVID19-related Addiction Toxicology Case Conference on Friday, October 2nd at 1pm ET.


UNODC Training for Kenyan Policymakers on the Nature, Prevention and Treatment of Drug Use Disorders

More than 25 Kenyan policymakers participated in a five-day UNODC policymakers online training on the nature, prevention and treatment of drug use disorders, held between 24 and 31 August 2020. The aim of this high-level training is to support Member States in their efforts to create humane, effective and evidence-based drug use prevention and drug dependence treatment and care services.

This UNODC event was inaugurated by the CEO of National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA), the Director General of the Kenyan Ministry of Health and the Head of the Social Development Pillar, UNODC Regional Office for Eastern Africa (ROEA) and organized with the generous support from the U.S. State Department Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).

With the involvement and active participation of public governmental institutions, universities, prevention and health professionals, this UNODC policymakers training promotes a systematic, intersectoral and multidisciplinary solution in building a health-and human-rights-oriented response to the problem of drugs and to reduce the burden caused by associated health and social consequences. Moreover, this initiative is all the more crucial in the follow up on the United Nations Special Session on World Drug Problem 2016 (UNGASS) and to progress Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 3, 5, 8, 10, 16.


Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez

UCSF's Josiah Stickels, LMFT, talks about the continuum of care in mental health treatment and how partial hospitalization programs and intensive outpatient programs fit into the framework. (Sept. 28, 2020)

UNODC PTRS Organized Informal Expert Consultation on Substance Use Disorders in Humanitarian Settings


According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) there are now close to 80 million forcibly displaced people worldwide, and with mental health among this segment of the world’s population already a neglected area, the treatment of substance use disorders is increasingly overlooked in public health and humanitarian settings.

To explore a solution to this alarming crisis, UNODC —in coordination with WHO and UNHCR, along with the US State Department and the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs— recently brought together 110 experts for a three-day online consultation aimed at gathering the latest information and expertise on addressing substance use disorders in humanitarian settings. Comprising practitioners as well as people with lived experience, the multidisciplinary team was composed of members from 32 UN Member States, regional and international organizations, academia, and civil society.

Important groundwork had already been laid by UNODC, with the three rapid assessments of substance use and associated health and social services previously conducted in selected relief and humanitarian settings — Pakistan, Peru and Uganda. The online consultation served to reinforce those initial efforts and set forth a framework and next steps for the development of a technical tool that would address substance use disorders and its associated health and social consequences within humanitarian settings.

The tool, once developed, will serve to support refugees and displaced populations who are affected by drug use disorders that are facing grave challenges as they often find themselves without appropriate support and without access to evidence-based drug use disorder treatment and care.

During the virtual event, valuable input was sourced from the participants on existing good practices, common challenges, and specific needs in the field. Some of the important takeaway points included the finding that both displaced persons and those with substance use disorders are frequently denied basic human rights. It was also noted that substance use disorders are a result of multiple factors, including psychosocial distress, availability of different substances, duration of displacement, competing priorities within the political realm, and stigmatization.

In addition, despite substance use prevention and recovery taking centre stage for national and global public health policymaking, little progress has been made to address the issue of substance use among conflict-displaced populations — thus, inferring that the scope and implementation of treatment must be scaled up at the global level.

Once in place, this evidence-informed tool to be developed by UNODC’s Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation Section, in coordination with WHO and UNHCR, will mark an important contribution to address substance use disorders in humanitarian settings; and ultimately increase access to substance use disorder treatment for refugees and displaced populations in need.

Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez

Hosted by: California Telehealth Resource Center


Presented by:

Joel Gray, Executive Director - Anthem Blue Cross - CA Medicaid

Abner Mason, CEO - ConsejoSano



Levamisol: Un Adulterante Tóxico Encontrado en Drogas Ilegales Que se Consumen en las Calles

Alerta Global en Materia de Salud Pública

Los encargados del tratamiento por abuso de sustancias, los médicos clínicos, los extensionistas, las clínicas de salud pública, etc. deben conocer la información que se detalla a continuación. Un adulterante de drogas peligroso -el levamisol- aparece cada vez con mayor frecuencia en drogas ilegales como la cocaína en polvo y el crack, y en cierta medida en la heroína y el fentanilo. Puede causar efectos muy adversos para la salud, incluida la reducción en el recuento de glóbulos blancos del paciente, lo que genera una condición denominada agranulocitosis.

Esta es una enfermedad muy grave que debe ser tratada en un hospital. Véase el plan de tratamiento y diagnóstico adjunto.

Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez


Forum on Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders


August 26, 2020

Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez

In this webinar, Honora Englander, MD (OHSU) shared her experience developing and spreading the Improving Addiction Care Team (IMPACT) and described IMPACT outcomes and lessons learned.

Impact of Pandemic on Addiction Treatment Centers in Latin America

Preliminary report of the study "Overall impact of the pandemic in the Addiction Treatment Centers of Latin America", which aims to explain the overall impact of pandemic and isolation measures in treatment centers, identify changes in demand for treatment and consumption profiles identified by institutions and, finally, systematize the main measures taken by institutions to address this context.

The study was carried out with a multicenter project. The multicenter model will be supported by each of the national chapters of the International Society of Substance Use Professionals (ISSUP) in Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and Mexico)

The selection of treatment centers was made by means of the snowball technique within each chapter, with the questionnaire answering a total of 52 Treatment Centers.

Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez

Wednesday July 29, 2020 12:00 – 3:30 PM ET

The second webinar will highlight the essential components of care for depression, alcohol use disorders, and opioid use disorders in primary care settings.