There are many options that have been successful in treating drug addiction, including:
- behavioral counseling
- medical devices and applications used to treat withdrawal symptoms or deliver skills training
- evaluation and treatment for co-occurring mental health issues such as depression and anxiety
- long-term follow-up to prevent relapse
A range of care with a tailored treatment program and follow-up options can be crucial to success. Treatment should include both medical and mental health services as needed. Follow-up care may include community- or family-based recovery support systems. Read the DrugFacts
- Research Report on Medications to Treat Opioid Addiction
- Research Report on Therapeutic Communities
- Naloxone - a medication designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose
Step by Step Guides
One patient’s story: NIDA clinical trials bring a new life to a woman struggling with opioid addiction - the study hoped to determine if clonidine used with buprenorphine could help reduce stress-induced relapse in heroin users.
- Mental Health and Addiction Insurance Help - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- Treatment Improvement Protocol: Medications for Opioid Use Disorders - SAMHSA
- Clinical Guidance for Treating Pregnant and Parenting Women With Opioid Use Disorder and Their Infants - SAMHSA
Resources to Help Curb Adolescent Drug Use:
- Family Checkup
- If a Teen or Young Adult Has a Drug Abuse Problem
- Keeping Youth Drug Free - SAMHSA, Online Publication
- Opioids and Adolescents - Office of Adolescent Health
- Principles of Drug Abuse Treatment for Adolescents: Summary
- Video: "Adolescent Substance Use, Addiction, and Treatment" with Sarah Bagley, M.D. - Office of Adolescent Health
Therapy Manuals For Cocaine Addiction (Archives):
- Cognitive-Behavioral Approach: Treating Cocaine Addiction (Manual 1)
- Community Reinforcement Approach: Treating Cocaine Addiction (Manual 2)
- Individual Drug Counseling Approach to Treat Cocaine Addiction: The Collaborative Cocaine Treatment Study Model (Manual 3)
- Counseling for Cocaine Addiction: The Collaborative Cocaine Treatment Study Model (Manual 4)
- Brief Strategic Family Therapy for Adolescent Drug Abuse (Manual 5)
- MedlinePlus - Drug Use and Addiction - National Library of Medicine, NIH
- Above the Influence - Office of National Drug Control Policy
- Healthfinder.gov - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Past information is available on our Archives site.
Clinical trials are research studies in human volunteers conducted to answer specific health questions. Learn about the NIH-sponsored clinical trials available to you.
- NIDA Clinical Trial Locator - answer a few simple questions and get contact information for Clinical Trials near you.
Other Clinical Trials information sources:
- NIH Clinical Trials and You - NIH site that helps explain about clinical trials and why people participate.
- NIDA Trials at ClinicalTrials.gov - a resource of federally and privately supported clinical trials.
- Clinical Research Studies from the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network (CTN) - a NIDA coordinated network of research institutions conducting human trials on drug use solutions.
- Research Studies at NIDA Intramural Research Program - located in Baltimore, Maryland.
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Initiating Buprenorphine Treatment in the Emergency Department
Cite this article
NIDA. (2014, June 13). Treatment. Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/treatment
SAMHSA's TIP 63
SAMHSA's Treatment Improvement Protocol 63 reviews FDA-approved medications and other strategies to improve treatment for individuals with opioid use disorders.
Offers guidance in seeking drug abuse treatment and lists five questions to ask when searching for a treatment program.