Treatment is a series of systems and supports that enable individuals to deal with their addiction problems, make healthier decisions about their lives and eventually resume their place in the community. It focuses on those with opioid/substance use (mild, moderate, severe) and can extend to support and help those impacted by opioid use.

In 2014, about 21.5 million Americans ages 12 and older were classified or diagnosed with a substance use disorder in the past year. An estimated 1.9 million people had an opioid use disorder related to prescription pain relievers and an estimated 586,000 had an opioid use disorder related to heroin use. Only 10% receive any type of treatment (National Survey on Drug Use & Health). 


Types of Treatment Services

Learn about the different kinds of treatment and services that are effective in helping people with substance use disorders.

Treatment is comprised of multiple service components, including:

A person accessing treatment may not need to access every one of these, but each plays an important role. These systems are embedded in a broader community and the support provided by various parts of that community also play an important role in supporting the recovery of people with substance use disorders. 


Decisions in Recovery: Medications for Opioid Addiction

This handbook provides guidance on using the web-based, multimedia tool. These offer information about MAT, and help people with opioid addiction or use disorder compare treatment options and discuss their preferences with a provider.

SAMHSA's Finding Quality Treatment

United Way 211