Myths About Treatment
People must hit rock bottom before treatment will work.
Treatment works at many points in someone’s recovery journey. There are different levels of care to meet individual needs at time of readiness.
Quitting cold turkey is the only way for treatment to work.
Abruptly stopping some substances of abuse can be life threatening. This is especially true of alcohol and benzodiazepines.
Medications for Addiction Treatment (MAT) are the use of medications approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in combination with counseling, to treat Substance Use Disorders. These medications have proven to be effective, resulting in fewer overdoses and facilitating a sustainable recovery. Some of these approved medications are used to treat Opioid Use Disorders and others are for Alcohol Use Disorders.
People who will not stop using alcohol and/or drugs are weak.
Some people can’t stop using alcohol and/or drugs because they have a chronic brain condition (Substance Use Disorder).
To learn more about Substance Use Disorder prevention and harm reduction visit a Los Angeles County CORE Center. For treatment services, please call the Los Angeles County Substance Abuse Service Helpline (SASH)
1 (844) 804-7500.
Call the Los Angeles County Substance Abuse Service Helpline (SASH) at 1 (844) 804-7500