What is Treatment?

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Treatment can help people stop using drugs. Treatment can include counseling, medicine, or both. It can help people to fight the urges to use drugs again, and it can help them regain control in their lives.

People start taking drugs for different reasons. Sometimes they may start as a way to fit in socially. Or they may have problems in their lives, such as family trouble, money trouble, or problems at work, and they don't know how else to cope. But drugs can make these problems worse.

Drug use can mess up every part of a person's life. So treatment needs to work with all areas of your life—your relationships, your work, the way you have fun, and how you deal with problems.

  • Treatment can help people who are just starting to get addicted.
  • You don't have to be at "rock bottom" for treatment to work.