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FAQs About Addiction Treatment

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What is addiction treatment?

Addiction treatment is designed to help individuals to cease compulsive use of drugs and alcohol. It may take a variety of forms and last for varying lengths of time, depending on each person’s history of substance use and the types of substances misused. Evidence-based practices for addiction treatment include therapeutic approaches (such as cognitive behavioral therapy or dialectical behavioral therapy) and the use of medication, as well as a combination of these. Addiction treatment may also involve a holistic approach, addressing the physical, mental, and spiritual factors associated with substance misuse.

How effective is addiction treatment?

In addition to the cessation of substance misuse, addiction treatment seeks to return normal functioning in the home, workplace, and community. According to research provided by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, most individuals who remain in treatment decrease criminal activity and improve their functioning (professionally, personally, and psychologically). However, treatment outcomes always depend on the nature of an individual’s problem, the type of treatment prescribed, and the quality of patient care. Addiction may be managed successfully with ongoing support and professional intervention.

How long does treatment last?

Addiction treatment is a highly individualized process, meaning that one’s length of stay should be tailored based on the substances misused, length of time that one has used, and the dosages taken. Although there is no one prescribed length of treatment, research indicates that positive outcomes are correlated with increased time spent in treatment. Residential programs generally last for 30 to 90 days, but ongoing care is recommended to ensure best results.

How can family and friends help an addicted loved one?

Addiction is a family disease, and it must be treated with the support of loved ones. Family and friends may serve as motivators and accountability partners during an addict’s journey to recovery. They may intervene and inspire someone to seek treatment, and they may also provide encouragement throughout the process of drug and alcohol rehabilitation. The Addiction Policy Forum produced this guide, Navigating Treatment and Addiction: A Guide for Families, which is a great resource for family members who are trying to navigate the complex world of addiction and help loved ones achieve recovery. 

Which addiction treatment centers are near me?

For those seeking accredited and licensed addiction treatment centers in their area, NAATP has created an Addiction Industry Directory. This comprehensive resource lists all NAATP members in good standing; these individuals have agreed to abide by NAATP’s Code of Ethics with respect to service delivery and marketing efforts.