Drugs have been used and abused all over the world for thousands of years. And wherever drug use is prevalent, so it addiction. As such, efforts to treat the disease began long ago and have evolved over the centuries.
The following overview of addiction treatment in the United States gives us a glimpse of the long and complicated road that society has traveled to have the scientific understanding we have today. Currently, we have access to addiction treatments that would have been unimaginable in years past. Most of us drive past addiction recovery treatment centers on our daily commute. Most of us have friends and family who have received treatments for their addictions.
The events on the timeline below can help us have a better perspective on how far we have come in the treatment of addiction as well as the importance of continued research.