This resource section is designed to offer assistance to the public in learning about addiction and guidance when seeking treatment. Addiction is a disease that impacts society on multiple levels. Whether directly or indirectly, every community and every family is affected.
In 2013, in a single-day count, 1.25 million persons in the United States were enrolled in substance use treatment—an increase from 1.18 million persons in 2009.
COVID-19 and Addiction
Take a moment to watch this short video from the National Institute on Drug Abuse that highlights some of the COVID-19-related challenges that may be occurring for people with substance use disorder or in recovery.
Get Informed About Addiction
Before considering treatment, it’s important to have a thorough understanding of how addiction, also called Substance Use Disorder (SUD), affects the brain. The National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers recognizes addiction as a disease with psychological and social components, not a lack of willpower or an acute, behaviorally-centered condition. Become educated about drugs of abuse and the statistics surrounding them, and learn how to tell when someone may have a Substance Use Disorder.
Seeking Appropriate Treatment
Picking an appropriate treatment provider can be a daunting task, especially when already facing the many challenges associated with a Substance Use Disorder (SUD). When seeking treatment for SUD, NAATP encourages potential patients and their families to use our Treatment Selection Guide, which includes resources, potential questions to ask treatment providers, warnings, and red flags.
Read the NAATP CEO's article on Program Discernment and Selection, which discusses internet and directory deception and includes the NAATP Treatment Selection Guide referenced above and linked below.
Another consideration when selecting treatment is accreditations, licenses, and affiliations, as these all serve as indicators of treatment center quality.
Learn About Treatment
Addiction treatment has evolved since the 12-Step methodology began in the 1930s, building on what works best. Our industry regularly evaluates new methods based on developments in neurobiology and behavioral health, integrating practices within a best practice bio-psycho-social-spiritual treatment model. View our Addiction Treatment statistics.