Understanding Substance Use Disorder Treatment: A Resource Guide for Professionals Referring to Treatment

SUD treatment is dependent on the needs of the individual. The type, length, and
intensity of treatment is determined by the severity of the SUD, types of substances
used, support systems available, prior life experiences, and behavioral, physical,
gender, cultural, cognitive, and/or social factors. Additional factors include the
availability of treatment in the community and coverage for the cost of care. Everyone
entering quality treatment receives a clinical assessment that examines these factors. A
complete assessment of an individual is needed to help treatment professionals offer
the best type of treatment that meets his or her needs.

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