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Management of Substance Use Disorder (SUD) (2015)

Cover page of the guideline document.The guideline describes the critical decision points in the Management of Substance Use Disorder and provides clear and comprehensive evidence based recommendations incorporating current information and practices for practitioners throughout the DoD and VA Health Care systems. The guideline is intended to improve patient outcomes and local management of patients with substance use disorder.

Disclaimer:This Clinical Practice Guideline is intended for use only as a tool to assist a clinician/healthcare professional and should not be used to replace clinical judgment.

About the CPG Guideline Links Patient-Provider Tools Related Guidelines
The guideline is formatted as two algorithms and 36 evidence-based recommendations:
  • Module A
    - Screening and Treatment
  • Module B
    - Stabilization
Questions about the SUD Guideline
Full Guideline (2015)
Clinician Summary (2015)
Screening & Treatment Pocket Card (2015)
Stabilization Pocket Card (2015)
Patient Summary
Substance Abuse Affects Families Brochure
Medication-Assisted Treatment for Alcohol Dependence Booklet
Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)
Opioid Therapy (OT) for Chronic Pain
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Diabetes Mellitus (DM)
Chronic Multisymptom Illness (CMI)