Decades of laboratory and clinical research suggest that substance use and misuse can be viewed as operant behavior sensitive to its consequences. Behavioral approaches can prevent and treat misuse of licit and illicit drugs (e.g., alcohol, stimulants, opioids, nicotine) and associated psychosocial problems (e.g., psychiatric comorbidities, unemployment).

Substance use disorder treatment is one of many applied behavior analysis (ABA) subspecialties. To learn more about ABA and its application in other subspecialties, check out the About Behavior Analysis web page.

Substance Use Disorder Treatment Subspecialty Fact Sheet

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Behavioral Treatment of Substance Use Disorders is one of several ABA subspecialty fact sheets produced by the BACB in partnership with subject matter experts (SMEs).

Each fact sheet also includes a list of additional resources and reading materials for those who wish to learn more.

This resource may be freely distributed and hosted online.

A breakdown of certificants by primary ABA subspecialty is available in the Primary Areas of Professional Emphasis infographic on the BACB Certificant Data web page.