Thursday, January 19, 2012

New NIDA Resource Helps Families Navigate Addiction Treatment Options

A new resource, Seeking Drug Abuse Treatment: Know What to Ask, will help individuals and families struggling with addiction ask the right questions before choosing a drug treatment program. It was developed by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health. “Treatment options can vary considerably, and families often don’t know where to begin,” said NIDA Director Nora Volkow, M.D. “This booklet highlights the treatment components that research has shown are critical for success, to help people make an informed choice during a very stressful time.”

Seeking Drug Abuse Treatment: Know What to Ask is posted at Free hard copies can be ordered by calling 1-877-NIDA-NIH or online at

Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research Based Guide, which is the basis of this new publication, can be found at

A recent study funded by NIDA found that substance abusers in rural areas may be particularly difficult to treat. Read more about this problem in Psychiatric News.

(Image: NIDA)