“Seeking Drug Abuse Treatment: Know What to Ask”

This free booklet from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), recommends questions that individuals and families who are struggling with addiction should ask about choosing a drug abuse treatment program to help them make an informed choice. Treatment options can vary considerably, and families often don’t know where to begin. The booklet highlights the treatment components that research has shown are critical for success, to help people make an informed choice during a very stressful time. The guide recommends asking the following questions: •Does the program use treatments backed by scientific evidence? •Does the program tailor treatment to the needs of each patient? •Does the program adapt treatment as patients’ needs change? •Is the duration of treatment sufficient? •How do 12-step or similar recovery programs fit into drug addiction treatment? The guide provides information on medications, evidence-based behavior therapies, the realities of relapse, and the role of community-level support.
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