A substance-abuse research-treatment clinic: Effective procedures and systems

Ronith Elk, John Grabowski, Howard Rhoades, A. Thomas McLellan

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Drug abuse treatment clinics vary widely. This article presents a model of a research-treatment clinic in which effective procedures and systems were instituted. These systems produce an environment in which both excellent research can be conducted and effective treatment provided, by a team of researchers and clinicians. Many of the procedures overcome frequently occuring problems at drug treatment clinics. The potential applicability of these procedures and systems to standard drug treatment clinics is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)459-471
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Substance Abuse Treatment
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1993

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Supported by U.S. Public Health Service/National Institute on Drug Abuse Treatment Demonstration Grant to Dr. Grabowski, and funds from Dr. Robert Guynn, Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. The systematic and outstanding efforts of both the research and clinical staff of the Addictive Behaviors Clinic in sustaining this work are also gratefully acknowledged.


  • clinic procedures
  • clinic systems
  • substance abuse clinics


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