The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has published a free guide to choosing a drug abuse treatment program. “Seeking Drug Abuse Treatment: Know What to Ask” recommends questions that individuals and families who are struggling with addiction should ask to help them make an informed choice.
“Treatment options can vary considerably, and families often don’t know where to begin,” NIDA Director Nora Volkow said in a news release. “This 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.”
Many recent scientific advances have changed addiction treatment, but not all treatment centers have kept up with these changes, according to the Los Angeles Times. 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.