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In Science & Practice Perspectives, researchers and service providers present and respond to each other’s ideas and insights on important practical topics pertaining to drug abuse. All share the goal of improving treatment and prevention and the conviction that dialogue and collaboration among professional groups are essential for success.
This issue of Perspectives covers topics ranging from one of the first and still the most common of drug abuse interventions—12-step recovery programs, to one of the most innovative—antinicotine treatment with mandatory abstinence in a substance abuse treatment setting. Our five articles and our roundtable responses contain well-grounded recommendations ranging from best clinical practices to the need for system-wide adaptation and integration.
As we would expect from practitioners of two professions oriented toward a single great goal, our article authors and respondents widely concur. Not surprisingly, however, given researchers’ and clinicians’ different training and roles, their views occasionally diverge. Airing and examining such differences is an indispensable and creative part of effective collaboration. The Perspectives peer review process ensures that the information and interpretations presented here are of high quality, even when consensus has yet to emerge.