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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I get someone to treatment if I think they have an substance use disorder?
A: The first step is to talk to the person about your concerns and to offer support. It is essential to have the person consult with their primary care physician to get medical clearance for treatment. A substance use disorder counselor can complete an assessment and make a referral for treatment.

Q: Why is treatment length different for everyone? Shouldn't it go on for years?
A: Treatment is structured to address the individual's unique needs, which is illustrated in the various lengths of treatment. One person may need detoxification prior to treatment, which can add time to the process, while another may only need intensive outpatient treatment that requires meeting 3 days a week for 2-4 hours a day.

Q: How can I find a treatment center close to me?
A: You can find local culturally-specific treatment centers by visiting the Indian Health Service treatment locator.

Q: How much do you have to drink before you can have health problems?
A: Consuming more than 3 drinks of alcohol per day can have a poisonous effect on your heart and can lead to heart disease. A typical drink can consist of 12 ounces of beer, 8 ounces of malt liquor, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of liquor (80-proof spirits).

Q: Why do some people go to treatment more than once?
A: Alcohol and drug dependence are not simple problems that can be treated solely by a pill or a type of therapy. Substance use disorder is a cycle that requires treatment tailored to the individual and the specific substance that is abused. Support and continued work is essential to long-term recovery.