Treatment programs for individuals with alcohol or other drug (AOD) problems were once very limited. However, many years of scientific research and clinical practice have informed the field and have guided the development of a variety of addiction treatment approaches and programs. Individuals may now choose among these options depending on the severity of their problems and their individual needs. AOD treatment program philosophies, goals, and methods vary, but all aim to help individuals decrease or eliminate substance use and to ultimately establish healthy, productive, and satisfying lives.

Research and clinical data demonstrate that treatment for substance addiction is similarly effective when compared with treatment for comparably chronic medical conditions. Like people in treatment for chronic medical conditions, individuals in AOD addiction treatment learn behavioral changes, ...

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