How to Choose the Right Rehab Center For You

 In Addiction, Alcoholism

Choosing a rehab facility can make or break your recovery. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, about 40 to 60% of addicts relapse even with treatment. 

Attending rehab over and over again until you get it right isn’t shameful. Yet, choosing the right rehab center at the outset will go a long way to ensuring you get on track sooner.  

These are the things to consider if you want to find a rehab that’s going to increase your chances of success. Read on to learn what they are. 

Decide on Your Rehab Goals and Needs

If you’ve had enough of the negative impact that drugs or alcohol are having on your life, you need to realize that there’s no such thing as cutting down. It’s an all-or-nothing commitment.

For starters, you need to get your head around the idea that you’ll possibly need to make some major lifestyle changes to succeed. No rehab center has a magic formula that will cure your addiction without making sacrifices. 

If you’re serious about getting sober, you should be serious about finding the type of treatment that works for you. 

Find out More About Rehab Programs

Drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers know that every addict is unique. As such, you’ll find a wide variety of treatment programs available. Don’t settle for the first one you come across in your search.

Take some time to consider these different options:

1. Inpatient Rehab Centers

Full-blown residential rehab centers have a high success rate. When you check in to one of these facilities you’re sheltered from daily stresses and can focus fully on your recovery.

This may seem like an easy way out but the routines of an inpatient rehab do not suit everyone. It’s easy to compare these treatment centers boarding school in some ways. You’ll have set times for therapy, self-study, meals, and exercise. 

On the upside, this set routine soon becomes comfortingly familiar and can keep your mind off temptations. Of course, there are centers that offer a more luxurious stay with more flexible routines and the option for pampering activities such as spa treatments and other upmarket amenities.

One of the major benefits of inpatient rehab is the possibility of medically assisted withdrawal and 24-hour medical supervision. The major drawback is that you’ll need time off from work. Also, if your insurance doesn’t cover addiction treatment, this is the most expensive option.

Questions About Inpatient Rehab

It is important to visit a few treatment centers to see where you feel most comfortable. During your visit, find out if the facility offers the following:

  • A variety of evidence-based therapies
  • Dual-diagnosis treatment
  • Individualized therapy
  • Specialized treatment for different addictions
  • Medical supervision and assistance if needed
  • Contact with family and friends from time to time
  • A written contract
  • Extended care once you have completed the program
  • Recreational amenities

The last thing you should ask is if they are willing to divulge their success rate.  Most rehab centers base this on the number of patients to successfully complete their program. 

There is no way to tell if a patient is going to remain sober after treatment. Addiction specialists can only give them the tools to succeed.

2. Outpatient Treatment Options

Outpatient rehabilitation suits those people who can’t attend full-time rehab due to financial reasons or work and family commitments. There are a few kinds of outpatient facilities available, and these are: 

Intensive Outpatient Programs

If you sign up for one of these, you’re expected to attend between 9 and 20 hours of therapy per week for up to a year.

Sessions involve individual counseling, group therapy, and constructive activities. Medication to assist with withdrawal symptoms is often provided.

That said, going through withdrawal without constant medical monitoring can be deadly. Outpatient programs are not suitable for those with long-established addictions and those at risk of severe withdrawal symptoms. 

Continuing Care

Continuing care is usually a lifetime commitment to attend group therapy a few times a week. AA and NA meetings are an example of continuing care.

Continuing care is ideal for people who have already completed a rehabilitation program. However, many addicts have managed to abstain based solely on these get-togethers.

It is always preferable to attend a licensed and registered rehabilitation center before embarking in continuing care. However, attending a few meetings will certainly put you in the right frame of mind to commit to one of these treatment options. 

3. Day Programs

Day programs are similar to inpatient rehab in that you remain at the treatment center all day and return home at night. Provided you have a strong support system at home, this kind of treatment can work. 

4. Sober Living Facilities

These places, usually called halfway houses, are residences supervised by a rehabilitation center. Each patient has a private room and shares a communal living and dining area with several other sober individuals. 

Patients can come and go as they please but they’re protected from outside influences while in the house and surrounded by other recovering addicts. Usually, it’s very comforting for those in early recovery to spend time with others who are facing similar day-to-day challenges. 

A sober living facility is a great way to ease yourself back into the rigors of daily life. It can also be an option for those who have completed a rehabilitation program previously but are recovering from a relapse.  

How to Find a Rehab Center

Once you have an idea of the kind of treatment that’s likely to work for you, don’t delay reaching out for the help you need.

You can search online for rehab facilities close by or ask your doctor for a recommendation. Your local branch of NA or AA may also be able to give you some ideas.

The best way to find a rehab facility is to speak to a treatment professional about your circumstances and your goals. Get in touch for all the guidance you need to put you on the right track.  

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