Treatment is the use of any planned, intentional intervention in the health, behavior, personal and/or family life of an individual suffering from alcoholism or from another drug dependency designed to enable the affected individual to achieve and maintain sobriety, physical and mental health, and a maximum functional ability.

There are many components of treatment including, but not limited to, physical and psychiatric evaluations, detoxification, counseling, self-help support, treatment for co-morbid physical or behavioral complications, and medication assisted therapy.  For a more complete discussion on treatment modalities, read ASAM's Public Policy Statement on Treatment for Alcoholism and Other Dependencies.

Treatment Guidelines

Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research Based Guide (National Institute on Drug Abuse)
Helping Patients Who Drink Too Much: A Clinician's Guide (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism)
TIP 43: Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction in Opioid Treatment Programs (SAMHSA)
TIP 40: Clinical Guidelines for the Use of Buprenorphine in the Treatment of Opioid Addiction (SAMHSA) 
Pharmacological Management of Alcohol Withdrawal (JAMA, 1997)
Management of Alcohol Withdrawal Delirium (Archives of Internal Medicine, 2004)

Treatment Resources

ASAM Addiction Medicine Treatment Finder
Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services)
Seeking Drug Abuse Treatment: Know What to Ask (NIDA)
Buprenorphine Physician and Treatment Facility Locator (SAMHSA)
Treatment Match (National Alliance of Advocates for Buprenorphine Treatment)
Opioid Treatment Program Directory (SAMHSA)
American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (AATOD)
American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP)
American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine (AOAAM)
The Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC)
Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit (SAMHSA)