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Director’s Council of Public Representatives (COPR)

NIH Public Bulletin – February 2012

Seeking Drug Abuse Treatment: Know What to Ask

Format: Brochure
Institute: National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

In 2010, an estimated 22.1 million persons aged 12 years or older (8.7 percent of the population aged 12 or older) were classified with substance dependence or abuse in the previous year. 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.

Seeking Drug Abuse Treatment: Know What to Ask is a new brochure from NIDA that can help individuals and families struggling with addiction ask the right questions before choosing a drug treatment program. The brochure describes available medications and evidence-based behavioral therapies; the need for comprehensive, tailored, and sustained treatment; and the reality of relapse and the role of community-level support.

Next Steps

You can read Seeking Drug Abuse Treatment: Know What to Ask online at To order a hard copy of the brochure, contact NIDA's Drug Pubs service at (877) 643-2644 or visit

This page last reviewed on August 22, 2012

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