If you or a loved one needs help with addiction, you are not alone. Find help…
“The treatment of opioid abuse is not an easy process. It’s not easy for the patient and it’s not easy for the providers. …it’s a team effort…. It’s also not a cure, it’s a recovery.”
Pennsylvania Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine
Tips for Finding Help
It’s important to understand that if you or a loved one needs help with addiction, you are not alone–Many resources are available for you and your family member if you are seeking assistance. Healthcare professionals now recognize that addiction is a chronic disease and needs to be treated as such. Treatment is not one-size-fits-all; it must be individually applied to fit the needs of the person seeking treatment.
The federal government reports that, due to the lack of funding, only about 1 in 10 individuals who need addiction treatment are able to access it. In Pennsylvania, it is approximately 1 in 8. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), every dollar invested in addiction treatment programs yields a return between $4 and $7 in the reduction of drug-related crime, criminal justice costs and theft. When savings related to health care are included, total savings can exceed costs by a ratio of 12:1.
How do I know which type of Recovery treatment is best?
Learn about the treatment types available from the NIH, National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Know what to ask. This resource provides guidance for calling a treatment facility.
How do I find treatment?
Pennsylvania’s Department of Drug and Alcohol Care Provider Search will assist you in finding help near you.
Also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service, this Helpline provides 24-hour free and confidential treatment referral and information about mental and/or substance use disorders, prevention, and recovery in English and Spanish.
Another source for finding local help is your single county authority.
The US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion provides information on their website.
There are additional private resources available for those seeking addiction treatment. If you are assisting someone with addiction, seek out the necessary tools to ensure that you make informed decisions about their care and treatment.
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