Understanding addiction

Recovery starts with asking for help

It takes courage to seek help for a drug problem. But remember: treatment works, there are many paths to help, and people recover every day.

Like other chronic diseases, addiction can be managed successfully. It can take several attempts at treatment to find the right approach. Treatment helps people disrupt addiction's powerful effects on the brain and behavior and regain control of their lives.

Our treatment locator lists facilities across the country. We have guidance about what to expect when looking for treatment, including different kinds of treatment and understanding how to pay for treatment.

If treatment isn’t the right next step for you, you can still find someone to talk to:

  • Talk to a professional therapist or counselor. Your primary care doctor can recommend therapists in your care network, and National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has locations around the country with resources for finding a therapist. (nami.org/local)
  • Join a support group of peers. People who have common life experiences have a unique ability to help each other. Peers can be very supportive since they have “been there” and serve as living examples that individuals can and do recover. There are peer groups for people in recovery as well as their families and loved ones, including:

(Page published: October 2019)