Substance Abuse Treatment Addiction is a complex but treatable disease that affects brain function and behavior. Can drug addiction be treated? Yes, but it’s not simple. Because addiction is a chronic disease, people can’t simply stop using drugs for a few days and be cured. Most patients need long-term or repeated care to stop using completely and recover their lives. Client centered care should form the basis of any effective treatment program. Effective addiction treatment must help the person do the following:

* Stop using drugs.

* Stay drug-free.

* Be productive in the family, at work, and in society.