When you or a loved one decide it’s time to get help for a drug or alcohol addiction, that effort should be applauded. It’s not easy to admit to — or even recognize — an addiction, but getting treatment is the first step in a long journey to becoming and staying clean.
Choosing the right rehab center is a huge factor in your success on the journey. Not all rehab facilities are the same; in fact, some offer superior treatment over others.
Getting the right help will require careful screening so your needs will be met. Addiction recovery centers use different methods — there is no “one size fits all” methodology — and individuals should identify the method and service that will work best for them.
As you pursue your ideal setting, here are some questions you can ask to help you narrow your options.
- Where are you located?
Location is key. Travel to the facility must be feasible. If it’s on the other side of the state, you might not be able to get there.
Supportive friends and family should also be able to visit. If it’s too far away, they won’t be able to come often, and you’ll have limited support, which is a vital factor in addiction recovery.
- What is the length of your program?
Research indicates that the best results come from treatment programs that serve people for longer than 30 days. In the case of severe additions, 60-to-90-day treatment plans are recommended.
Anything less than 30 days should be dismissed. Addictions are lifelong and cannot be converted into solid remission within just a few days.
- What extra amenities and services are included in the cost?
Every facility will provide different amenities and services included in the cost. For example, some luxury treatment centers offer gourmet meals, private facilities, a fully equipped gym, and massage therapists that are fully covered in the treatment program cost.
Others are very spare on amenities and might not have everything you need. Research each program carefully to make sure it will meet your requirements.
- Do you have a detox facility?
Most clinics will employ a combination of detoxification and cognitive therapy to heal your addiction, but some don’t offer the detox. Those who arrive at a rehab facility already intoxicated should go through detox first to maximize the effectiveness of treatment.
If the facility you’re investigating does not offer detox services, find out if it has a licensed partner to get you through the first step.
- What will it cost … and will my insurance work?
Perhaps the biggest defining factor for drug and alcohol rehab facilities is cost. Depending on the services, amenities, experience of physicians, and many other factors, treatment programs can range anywhere between $7,500 and $120,000 per month.
Most fall somewhere in the middle, so you must be prepared to cover the costs either on your own or with the help of insurance.
- Will I have a roommate?
Most people trying to overcome drug and alcohol addictions do better in social situations. So most facilities assign a roommate. But if your situation calls for more isolated rehab, make sure you select a facility that offers private rooms.
- What kind of licensing and accreditation does the facility and its doctors possess?
Every facility should have certain licensing, and its employees should be certified to treat people suffering from addiction. Each state will have its own laws and regulations. If the certification doesn’t check out, run away.
- What do you hope to get out of your program?
Different programs will seek and yield different results. One might focus more on physical detoxification than on cognitive changes.
If you don’t go into it with an understanding of the program, you can hardly be disappointed by the result. Ask detailed questions about the treatment regimen and results. This could make or break your satisfaction with the program.
Ultimately, the success of an addiction recovery program is entirely up to the participant. Doing research beforehand and carefully screening the recovery plan will make all the difference in your experience.
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