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There are many ways a person using drugs can get help for their addiction. Each individual should find the treatment and recovery options that makes sense for them. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to recovery.

Here are six:


Talk to a doctor or other healthcare professional. They can assess the individual’s addiction and recommend treatment options.


Join a support group. There are many support groups available for people with addictions, such as SMART Recovery, Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.


Attend therapy. Therapy can help people understand their addiction and develop coping mechanisms.


Enter a treatment program. There are many different types of treatment programs available, such as inpatient, outpatient, and residential programs.


Peer-assisted recovery. Peer Recovery Specialists function as recovery coaches.  Working with peers often involves weekly one-on-one meetings and/or the use of mutual aid groups to initiate and/or maintain recovery.


Take medication. Medication can help to reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms.

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