Since drug abuse and addiction have so many scopes and disturb so many aspects of an individual’s life, healing is not simple. Valuable treatment programs characteristically include many mechanisms, each going to a particular piece of the sickness and its consequences. Addiction management must assist the person to stop using drugs, sustain a drug-free way of life, and attain fruitful functioning in the family unit, at work, and in the general public. Due to the fact that substance abuse is in general a chronic disease, addicts are not able to just end the use of drugs for a short time and be cured. Most addicts need long-term or recurring episodes of care to attain the decisive goal of sustained abstinence and recovery of their lives.

According to SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 23.2 million persons (9.4 percent of the U.S. population) aged 12 or older needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol use problem in 2007. Of these individuals, 2.4 million (10.4 percent of those who needed treatment) received treatment at a specialty facility (i.e., hospital, drug or alcohol rehabilitation or mental health center). Thus, 20.8 million persons (8.4 percent of the population aged 12 or older) needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol use problem but did not receive it. These estimates are similar to those in previous years.1