Drug Abuse and Dependence - Treatment
Most programs provide education about the causes and
effects of drug abuse and dependence. Learning these things helps you and your
family know how to overcome drug use. Some programs also offer job or career
Some treatment programs give rewards, called vouchers,
when you stay off drugs. The rewards may get bigger when you go for a long time
Many programs give regular drug tests while you go
through treatment. Knowing that you will be tested can make you more likely to
resist your cravings.
What to think about
People with drug problems
often have other problems or are in unique situations. They may need other
treatments, or other resources may be available to help them with the drug
- If you have a drug problem and a mental
health problem, you will need treatment for both problems. Doctors call this a
- Older adults also may have drug
problems because of misuse of prescription medicines such as painkillers or
sleeping pills. Learning more about the medicines might help the problem, but
older adults also may need more extensive treatment.
- Drug abuse in the military is like drug
abuse in the general population. But there may be other concerns, such as
post-traumatic stress disorder or
military sexual trauma.
- Some people are
sent to drug treatment because of a court decision. This may happen if you have
a drug problem and you commit a crime. A court may require treatment and then
keep track of your progress. Treatment often is available in prison.