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Management of Substance Use Disorder (SUD) (2009)

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.

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The guideline is formatted as five algorithms, with annotations:
  • Algorithm A
    - Screening and Initial Assessment for Substance Use Disorder
  • Algorithm B
    - Management of SUD in Specialty SUD Care
  • Algorithm C
    - Management of SUD in (Primary) General Healthcare
  • Algorithm P
    - Addiction-Focused Pharmacotherapy
  • Algorithm S
    - Stabilization and Withdrawal Management
Questions about the SUD Guideline
SUD Full Guideline (2009)
SUD Summary (2009)
SUD Pocket Guide
Substance Abuse Affects Families Brochure
Medication-Assisted Treatment for Alcohol Dependence Booklet
SUD Key Point Cards
SUD Medication Tables
SUD Primary Care Reference Cards
Exam Room Cards-Primary Care Setting
Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)
Opioid Therapy (OT) for Chronic Pain
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Tobacco Use (MTU)
Diabetes Mellitus (DM)
Chronic Heart Failure (CHF)
Medically Unexplained Symptoms (MUS)