Tips for Finding Treatment Providers
Finding appropriate treatment for substance use disorder can be difficult and confusing. To locate effective treatment, keep these tips in mind:
- Treatment providers should be accredited with a certifying body that ensures they provide quality care. To search for certified providers with The Joint Commission, one common accreditation body, visit their Quality Check directory.
- Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is an effective form of treatment in which a patient will, in addition to counseling, use medications that will curb withdrawal symptoms that can occur when somebody stops using opioids. Common medications to use during MAT are methadone, naltrexone (common brands are Vivitrol or Reviva) and buprenorphine (brands Buprenex or Butrans). To find a list of treatment providers in Illinois that provide MAT, visit SAMHSA’s directory. For more information about MAT, visit SAMHSA.
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Narcotics Anonymous is an international support group program for people struggling with substance use disorders related to narcotics. In the west suburbs, meetings are held in Bolingbrook, Naperville, and Villa Park. For information on meeting locations and times, visit Chicagoland Narcotics Anonymous.
Heroin Anonymous is an international support group program for people struggling with heroin-related substance use disorders. In the west suburbs, meetings are held in Addison, Westmont, and Winfield. For information on meeting locations and times, visit Heroin Anonymous World Services.
SMART Recovery is an abstinence-based, not-for-profit organization with a sensible self-help program for people having problems with drinking and using. Self-help procedures are taught that are designed to empower a person to abstain and to develop a more positive lifestyle. To view local meeting locations, click here.