Addiction is treatable.

With the appropriate care, people can and do recover from addiction every single day.

America's addiction treatment system is fragmented and confusing. But the research is clear about what really works to treat addiction. Knowing what to look for is critically important as you compare and contrast addiction treatment programs and providers. Use the information below to guide you.

The basics of addiction treatment

From medication to therapy to peer support, here's what to expect and what to look for in the treatment process.

All about naloxone

Naloxone saves lives. Everyone in treatment for addiction should have it on hand. Learn how it works and how to access it.

The importance of medications

Using medications to treat substance use disorders prevents overdoses and sustains recovery. Learn how they work.

Resources for a crisis

If you urgently need help right now, know that you’re not alone. Start your search with these trusted resources. 

Talk to someone who understands

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).

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.  

Addiction—whether it’s your own or that of someone you love—can feel overwhelming, but it’s important to remember you’re not alone. In the US, over 22 million people suffer from a substance use disorder.1 Navigating America's fractured addiction treatment system can be frustrating, but there are thousands of physicians and treatment centers that are ready to help.2

Addiction is a chronic illness. Just like other chronic illnesses, like diabetes and hypertension, addiction can be successfully treated. Research has proven that treatment works, and people in recovery can move on to lead healthy, happy lives 3. 

1. SAMHSA. “National Survey on Drug Use and Health” 2013. https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/nationwide-trends  
2. National Institute on Drug Abuse. "Drug Addiction Treatment in the US" https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment-research-based-guide-third-edition/drug-addiction-treatment-in-united-states 
3. National Institute on Drug Abuse. "Drug Facts: Understanding Drug Use and Addiction" https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/understanding-drug-use-addiction