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National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2013) Seeking drug abuse treatment: Know what to ask. National Institutes of Health. NIH plication no. 13-7764.

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Seeking Drug Abuse Treatment: Know What to Ask, will help individuals and families struggling with addiction ask the right questions before choosing a drug treatment program.

“Treatment options can vary considerably, and families often don’t know where to begin,” said NIDA Director Dr. Nora D. Volkow. “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.”

The new publication is based on a NIDA resource describing the principles of drug addiction treatment from a research-based perspective. It recommends five helpful questions people should ask and explains what the research has found to be most effective. Specifically, the booklet explores these themes:

1. Does the program use treatments backed by scientific evidence?
2. Does the program tailor treatment to the needs of each patient?
3. Does the program adapt treatment as the patient's needs change?
4. Is the duration of treatment sufficient?
5. How do 12-step or similar recovery programs fit into drug addiction treatment?

Item Type
Publication Type
International, Guideline, Report
Drug Type
All substances
Intervention Type
General / Comprehensive, Treatment method, Psychosocial treatment method
June 2013
Identification #
NIH plication no. 13-7764
8 p.
National Institutes of Health
Corporate Creators
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Accession Number
HRB (Electronic Only)
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