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Drug Use Disorders: Treatment

When considering treatment options for an individual with a drug use disorder, many clinicians consider it best to do so within the context of the specific needs of the individual at that particular time. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) recommends that an individual seeking treatment for a drug use disorder ask the following five questions to find the right treatment program for him or her: (1) Does the program use treatments backed by scientific evidence? (2) Does the program tailor treatment to the needs of each patient? (3) Does the program adapt treatment as the patient’s needs change? (4) Is the duration of treatment sufficient? (5) How do twelve-step or similar recovery programs fit into drug addiction treatment?

NIDA also offers 13 principles ...

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