Treatment Methods

Diagnosis and Tests

Based on SAMHSA's National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 22.5 million people (8.5 percent of the U.S. population) aged 12 or older needed treatment for an illicit* drug or alcohol use problem in 2014. Just 4.2 million (18.5 percent of those who required treatment) received any substance use treatment during the same year. Of this, approximately 2.6 million people received treatment through specialized treatment facilities (CBHSQ 2015).
The use of medication is to manage addiction, alleviate withdrawal symptoms, and to prevent the relapse. Psychotherapy can help individuals with SUD to understand their behaviour and motivations, develop higher self-esteem, cope with anxiety, and deal with other psychiatric problems.

Management and Treatment —


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These 13 principles of effective treatment for addiction to drugs were created based on more than three decades of research. Studies have shown that treatment is able to help addicted individuals stop drug use, avoid relapse and successfully recover their lives.