If you're in the process of looking for a drug treatment center, don't feel alone. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports on trends of abuse. It is a big trend. If you look at the chart, (http://oas.samhsa.gov/nsduh/2k7nsduh/AppG.htm) it shows that 114,275 used illicit drugs in 2007. (This is not a percentage; it is a number out of a sample control group but you can read about that on the web page). It is difficult to estimate the actual numbers of addicts not only because people don't announce their addiction, but also because they deny it publicly, sometimes even to themselves. In fact, sometimes whole families engage in an elaborate charade that approximates normalcy...and it continues until something finally collapses in their dysfunctional familial system.

Drug Treatment Centers are everywhere!

It's kind of like that Kevin Costner baseball movie. If you build it, they will come. Well, they built treatment centers. Because of the high number of drug users and addicts, there are a lot of drug treatment centers around. In fact, there are facilities which are available even if you have no money or insurance available. Substance Abuse Treatment Services which are governmentally approved are listed through a government office known as SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, which is part of the US Department of Health and Human Services. They provide a searchable database but they don't qualify the individual drug treatment centers. That is up to you. With all of these resources available, it is important to realize that recovery can happen. There are a lot of powerful tools out there for the individual who needs help, and for the families of individuals who need help. All you have to do is go out there, and choose the best drug treatment center for you.