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Guide to Finding Quality Addiction Treatment

It can be overwhelming and confusing to know where to start if you need to find treatment for a substance problem or addiction. Finding the right treatment is not a quick or easy process. This comprehensive step-by-step guide was designed by a team of addiction experts at The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse. It was created to help you navigate the vast amount of information — and misinformation — about finding substance use treatment and the questions that may arise along your journey.

Additionally, this guide provides a simple self-screen, along with information on assessing whether an individual needs treatment. The guide also provides information on identifying the kind of treatment a person might need, what treatment setting is right for a potential patient, what kind of provider to look for, how to find a treatment provider, what to look for in a program, and what happens after treatment. A list of specific questions to ask a treatment provider is offered at the end of the guide.

Two self-screening tools have been included in this resource as an aide to determine if you, or a family member may need to be assessed for an alcohol and/or substance use problem. Please note that the following are only tools, the findings are in no way official and it is highly recommended that you speak to a professional for a formal assessment if the screen indicates a potential for an emotional, cognitive or behavioral problem.

    Alcohol Drinking Screening

    The 18-question Check Your Drinking (CYD) survey is anonymous and has been designed to help you, your loved ones or your health care professional answer some questions about drinking. When you have finished the test you can print your final report or email your final report directly to yourself or your health care professional.

    Drug Screening Link

    Do you use drugs or drink alcohol? Are these substances harming your health or increasing your risk for other problems? This website can help you find out. Start by answering a few short questions about your past and present use of various drugs, such as marijuana, cocaine, tobacco, inhalants or alcohol. You'll get feedback about the likely risks of your drug use, and advice about when and where to seek more information, evaluation, and help. Your responses are completely confidential and anonymous.

    Local Providers

    The following link provides a comprehensive list of funded and private providers statewide. Access to these services ranges from Medicaid reimbursement, sliding fee scale and private insurance based on the programs funding streams. Please check eligibility for services by contacting the individual service providers.

    Resources related to Mental Health, Substance Use and Co-Occurring Disorders and Treatment

    The federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency (SAMHSA) has a multitude of information and resources related to, but not limited to, alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, behavioral health treatment and services, mental health and substance use disorders, prevention of drug misuse and abuse, recovery support, suicide prevention, Wellness and workforce issues. Information on the SAMHSA webpage will help with identifying methods to understand the sign and symptoms of a substance and/or mental health issues and also effectively seek treatment.