What To Look For When Choosing A Drug Rehab Center

What To Look For When Choosing A Drug Rehab Center

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What To Look For When Choosing A Drug Rehab CenterDo you know someone who is struggling with an addiction?  Are they ready to receive help?  If so, it is time to start looking into drug rehab centers.

Don’t Put the Cart Before the Horse

Before you begin your search for an adequate rehabilitation center, know there is nothing you can do to force a loved one to seek help.  The addict must make that decision on his or her own.  While your actions may come from a very loving place, never:

  • Punish someone for their behavior.
  • Offer bribes.
  • Withhold necessities like shelter, food, water, or love.
  • Protect the addict from consequences of their actions.
  • Hide or flush the drugs.
  • Confront the loved one when he or she is high.

When the addict is ready for help, then you can come swooping in to save the day.  But by trying to force someone into recovery, you could make the problem worse.

Be Realistic about What is Needed

There are many different types of drug rehab programs.  Everyone’s needs and preferences are different.  Therefore, the program should come as close as possible to meeting your loved one’s needs.

In general, the longer and more intense the drug use, the longer and more intense the treatment program.

Some programs boast a calm, tranquil setting.  While this may be perfect for some individuals, it can drive active people up a wall!  Take that into consideration when choosing a facility.  Are the amenities a good fit for your loved one?

Be realistic about what you can afford.  Those amazing vistas and relaxing “getaways” come with a big price tag.  Does your loved one need all the bells and whistles?  Can you afford them?

Types of Treatment Programs

There are five main types of treatment options.  Depending on the person, degree of addiction and location on the recovery journey, your loved one will need one or more of the following:

1. Residential Program

A residential treatment program requires the addict live at the treatment center.  Intense treatment sessions take place during the day.  Usually, patients stay for 30 to 90 days.

2.  Partial Hospitalization

If a patient has a stable living situation but needs ongoing medical care, they might look for a partial hospitalization treatment option.  These individuals will report to the hospital three to five days a week for four to six hours.

3. Intensive Outpatient Program

In this situation, the addict lives at home.  He or she will report for treatment three days a week for about two to four hours.  These sessions can be scheduled around other commitments (like work or school).  This treatment option is often used to prevent a relapse.

Intensive outpatient therapy programs, like those offered at Summit Behavioral Health make addiction treatment accessible to those who do not have the flexibility to pause career and family obligations.

4. Counseling

Whether the counseling is for the individual, a group, or a family, this treatment method is usually best if combined with another method or as follow-up care.  A professional therapist can help patients identify the root cause of the drug use.  Counseling also helps repair relationships that have been damaged by the drug use and help the patient establish healthier methods for dealing with stressors.

5. Sober Living

Facilities are available for individuals who want to live in community with other recovering addicts.  This treatment method is popular for people who might relapse if they return home too quickly.

How to Evaluate a Center

As you begin check out your options, you’ll want to know what to look for.  Here are the most important factors quality drug rehab clinics should have.

Check what kind of after-care the treatment program offers.  It doesn’t matter if your loved one will be there for a week or a month, long-term follow-up and support are essential.  Will the center provide referrals to other services and support groups?  Will the staff create a discharge plan that outlines continued care?

Make sure there will be treatment for more than just the addiction.  Most individuals need treatment for their emotional pain too.  An addiction treatment program also needs to help sort out the life problems that contributed to the addiction.

Each state has its own accreditation and licensing requirements.  Make sure each program you consider is accredited by the state.  You’ll also want to make sure there are licensed, well-trained mental health professions who specialize in addiction recovery.

Ask about the effectiveness of each program.  Each center should have some sort of stats that explain their success rates.  Preferably, this information will be provided by an objective outside organization.

If your loved one is ready to get help, these tips and suggestions can help you find the perfect drug treatment program.

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Guest author Jamie McDonald is a mental health specialist.  He shares his knowledge online, hoping to help as many people as possible.