Asking the Right Questions

New publication helps families know how to find addiction treatment

Steve Diogo
treatmentbrochureFor most people, addiction is a far-off mystery—until it hits home. Faced with a loved one’s addiction, most have no idea where to turn or what to look for in a rehab or recovery program.
A new resource from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) seeks to change that.
Seeking Drug Abuse Treatment: Know What to Ask, is designed to help individuals and families ask the right questions to know how to choose a drug treatment program. The guide is available free online or in hard copy through NIDA’s DrugPubs service.
“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:
  • Is the program’s treatment plan backed by scientific evidence?
  • Is it tailored to the individual needs of each patient?
  • Does the program assess and adapt treatment as the patient’s needs change?
  • How long should the treatment take?
  • How do 12 step programs fit into drug addiction treatment?
According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in 2010 an estimated 22.1 million persons aged 12 years or older were classified with substance dependence or abuse in the past year (8.7 percent of the population aged 12 or older).
The goal of drug abuse treatment is to stop drug use and help people return to productive functioning in the family, workplace, and community. However, keeping patients in treatment long enough to achieve that goal can be difficult. Finding the right treatment for an individual’s specific needs is critical. This booklet describes available medications and evidence-based behavioral therapies; the need for comprehensive, tailored, and sustained treatment; as well as the reality of relapse and the role of community-level support.
Seeking Drug Abuse Treatment: Know What to Ask can be found online at Hard copies can be ordered by calling 1-877-NIDA-NIH (1-877-643-2644) or by going online at
Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research Based Guide, which is the basis for this new publication, can be found here.
Steve Diogo is Editorial Director of He can be reached at


Baiturrahman  2947 days ago

Review by John de Miranda for Rating: It may sound trite, but I'll say it. Anyone responsible for dnevierilg addiction treatment should read Doug's book. It is a major contribution to the addiction/recovery treatment literature. As a result of his redirecting our apporach to treatment we have been more successful with more clients.John de Miranda, Ed.M.Preseident and CEO Stepping Stone of San DiegoFaces and Voices of Recovery Board of Directors

Afrodith  2948 days ago

Until the Whitehouse, DEA, and others lcdeassify Marijuana as a Schedule One narcotic listed on par with Heroin, Methamphetamine, Cocaine and LSD, any respect for their opinions on Marijuana and its effects will never be considered valid and accurate.Scare tactics and Reefer Madness just don't work any more. When young people find out that using Marijuana is not what the government has said it was, it causes the question to be raised that the government doesn't have a clue about Marijuana or any other drugs for that matter.The government is drinking it's own Kool-Aid.We the People aren't.

Youssef  2948 days ago

There has been experimentation with marijuana for many years before it was banned by the Federal Government. It still grows wild up in Kansas, Missouri and along the Nebraska highways. The Federal Government and other agencies have played with this stuff and tried all sorts of experiments with it. Not counting the numerous dip-sticks who still smoke it andrefuse to admit it is an addictie drug that leads many to other drugs and experimentation.I have seen many people from all ages experiment with this garbage and used all sorts ofexcuses to do so. The results are it is an addictive drug and blinds and confuses people. Who in their right mind would want to fly with a pilot who is in the cockpit toking with you onboard? This is a dangerious drug that is harmful to society and is making corrupt officials and criminals billions of dollars each year. Dopers will all whine about how harmless it isbut it is a corrupt and evil mistress that attracts millions of users each year and now they aredealing it in kindergarden and grade schoo.

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