The National Institutes of Health has issued an 8-page guide to help you pick the right drug abuse treatment program.
The booklet, Seeking Drug Abuse Treatment: Know What to Ask, says there are five key questions you should ask about a program:
- 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 the patient’s needs change
- Is the duration of treatment sufficient?
- How do 12-step or similar recovery programs fit into drug addiction treatment?
To learn more:
- Read the whole booklet Seeking Drug Abuse Treatment: Know What to Ask.
- American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry
- American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
- Mental Health America
- National Alliance on Mental Illness
- NIDA’s DrugPubs Research Dissemination Center
- NIDA’s Clinical Trials Network
- NIH’s ClinicalTrials.gov
- NIDA’s Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research Based Guide
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Treatment Locator: 1-800-662-HELP
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK