New drugs for hepatitis C have been on the market for several years. They are highly effective, have hardly any side effects compared to earlier interferon treatments and are easy to take as a tablet. Even if you are currently unable to stop using drugs or alcohol, treatment still makes sense to prevent serious complications. Talk to a professional who will be happy to help you plan your treatment. The costs of treatment are covered by compulsory health insurance, regardless of how far your illness has progressed or whether you are able to stop using drugs or alcohol.