NIDA Releases Updated Guide for Seeking Treatment

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seekingtreatmentPatient and family education are essential when researching programs for substance abuse treatment. There are many resources out there that provide varying levels of information, such as the consumer guide “Seeking Drug Abuse Treatment: Know What to Ask.”

The publication was released by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and recently updated for National Recovery Month. It offers some helpful information and questions to ask when seeking help for yourself or a loved one.

Of course the main goal of any drug rehabilitation program is to stop the substance abuse and to allow people to be healthy and active in all areas of their lives. In order for this to work, finding the right program for each individual can be essential.

As NIDA points out, treatment shouldn’t be a one size fits all approach, and outcomes can depend on many things, including the extent and nature of the person’s problems, the appropriateness of the treatment given, the availability of additional services as well as the quality of the interaction between the person and his or her treatment providers.

NIDA recommends five questions to ask when conducting a treatment search and comparison.


1. Does the program use treatments backed by scientific evidence? – Effective drug abuse treatments can include behavioral therapy, medications or sometimes a combination of both.

2. Does the program tailor treatment to the needs of each patient? – No single treatment is right for everyone. The best treatment addresses a person’s various needs, not just his or her drug abuse.

3. Does the program adapt treatment as the patient’s needs change? – Individual treatment and service plans must be assessed and modified as needed to meet changing needs.

4. Is the duration of treatment sufficient? – Remaining in treatment for the right period of time is critical.

5. How do 12-step or similar recovery programs fit into drug addiction treatment? – Self-help groups can complement and extend the effects of professional treatment, and aren’t limited to the usual AA or NA meetings, as a variety of recovery support services and groups are now available.


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Mike Loverde

With firsthand experience with addiction, Mike Loverde is now a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP), as accredited by the Association of Intervention Specialists and the Pennsylvania Certification Board. He founded Family First Intervention in 2008 and has since helped hundreds of families find intervention and addiction rehabilitation solutions.

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