Organizations stand ready to help addicts

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Millions of people are non-medical users of pain relievers, agency says

Those suffering with drug abuse can call 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

Treatment options should be tailored to fit an individual's needs, experts say

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Facing the reality that “I need help” and knowing where to get it are crucial steps in the battle against addiction. It is not something people can do by themselves. Here are several organizations that help addicts beat back their habits and regain their lives:

SAMSHA also offers a 24-hour free hot line for treatment referrals and support: 1-800-662-HELP (4357). Calls are confidential and offered in English and Spanish.

For treatment options tailored to the needs of veterans, the Veterans Crisis Line directs vets and their loved ones to “qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hot line”: 1-800-273-8255, option 1.

According to the National Survey of Drug Use and Health, approximately 10 million Americans, aged 12 to 29, need treatment for substance abuse and addiction. The Partnership for Drug Free Kids offers a toll-free hotline (1-855-DRUGFREE) to help parents who are seeking help for their children.

NIDA offers advice about questions to ask upon starting a treatment program, such as whether the duration of treatment is sufficient for the need. On its website, NIDA says research suggests most addicted people need a minimum of three months in treatment. However, the best treatment strategies track one’s progress and develop plans that will maintain a long-term recovery.

One way to guarantee continued support during and after a treatment program is to find a local chapter of Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. You can do so online.