First things first: We know you’re feeling desperate for solutions—and fast. But before you rush to start calling treatment centers, it’s critically important to understand what high-quality, science-based addiction care really looks like.

Because, unfortunately, many treatment centers do not follow evidence-based protocols. America's addiction treatment system is fragmented, and can be confusing. Knowing what to look for is essential as you seek urgent care.

Remember, you’re not alone. Millions of Americans are affected by addiction. Also know that there is hope. Addiction is a treatable illness. With the appropriate care, people can and do recover from addiction every single day.

Take your time reviewing the information on this page carefully. Follow all three steps outlined below. It’ll prepare you for the challenging journey ahead.

1. Learn how to identify high-quality treatment

Most people don’t know much about addiction treatment, and many treatment centers don’t offer the most effective types of care. Reading the information below will help you make sure the care you or your loved one receives actually aligns with scientific best practices.

The Basics of addiction treatment
The Shatterproof National Principles of Care
The importance of medications

2. Talk to someone who understands

Do not call rehab hotlines to get advice. Instead, turn to trusted, neutral resources.

The Substance and Mental Health Services Association (SAMHSA) runs a national helpline for individuals and families navigating mental health and/or substance use disorders. This helpline operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It is free, confidential, and available in English and Spanish. Click here to learn more about the helpline, or call directly: 1-800-662-HELP (4357).

3. Find treatment right now

Don’t google it. SAMSHA’s treatment finder tools are the most trustworthy way to search for addiction care. They offer a number of treatment locators tailored to specific needs, including a national directory of providers who prescribe buprenorphine, one of the most effective opioid use disorder treatments. 

You can also talk to your primary care physician about how to access science-based addiction treatment in your area. Be sure to inquire specifically about programs offering services that align with Shatterproof’s Principles of Care.

Join the fight for better addiction treatment in America!

Shatterproof is working hard every day to structurally transform America’s treatment system. Our nationwide community is made up of thousands of Americans affected by addiction, just like you. Join us.