The goal of drug abuse treatment is to stop drug use and allow people to lead active lives in the family, workplace, and community. One continual challenge, however, is keeping patients in treatment long enough for them to achieve this goal. Family and friends can play important roles in motivating people with drug problems to enter
remain in treatment. That is why finding the right treatment for a person’s specific needs is critical. Drug abuse treatment is not “one size fits all.” Treatment outcomes depend on the: extent and nature of the person’s problems; appropriateness of treatment; availability of additional services; and quality of interaction between the person and his or her treatment providers.