Office of National Drug Control Policy

Treatment and Recovery

Understanding Treatment

For millions of Americans, substance use progresses to a point where the efforts of the individual, his or her family and friends, and social networks may not be sufficient to bring the problem under control.  In these cases, access to addiction treatment can be a critical–even lifesaving–resource.

Like other chronic diseases, addiction can be managed successfully. Although often a long and difficult journey, research shows treatment is effective in helping addicts achieve recovery.  Effective treatment programs enable people to counteract addiction's powerful disruptive effects on the brain and behavior and to regain control of their lives.  Providing treatment also lessens the burden substance use cause society.  Studies show that every dollar spent on treatment saves four dollars in health care costs and seven dollars in public safety costs.    

To read the most recent ONDCP Recovery Update Newsletter, click here.

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Celebrating Those in Recovery

Millions of Americans have made the successful journey from addiction to recovery. For many, the journey from addiction to recovery started with secular or faith-based treatment programs. Others found their way into recovery through medication-assisted treatment or mutua l aid without treatment. Their stories show there is hope for every addicted American, and that recovery is not only possible, but is a positive force that transforms individuals, families, and communities. Recovering individuals are responsible parents, neighbors, and citizens. They serve their communities and often share the gift of recovery with others in need.

ONDCP is committed to spreading the promise of recovery across the Nation.  As part of this effort, the Obama Administration has established the first ONDCP office devoted to supporting Americans in recovery for drug or alcohol abuse. ONDCP is proud to work with our Federal partners, states, tribes, local governments, communities, treatment and recovery support services organizations, and the recovery community to help people achieve sustained recovery. Together, we are working to reduce substance use and build stronger, healthier, and more prosperous families and communities.

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