How To Choose A Drug Rehab Facility
Steps to Help You Choose the Right Rehab
Figure out realistic, recovery related goals.
Consult with a treatment professional.
Investigate various rehabilitation options.
Being addicted to drugs or alcohol is a horrible and progressive, often fatal, state of being that ruins not only the lives of those suffering, but those around them. Fortunately, in the US, there are tens of thousands of treatment facilities with the mission of helping those truly in need.
There exists a mind-boggling variety of approaches to short and long term treatment, which is certainly a good thing, but can be overwhelming when you are trying to make the right decision about where to start life over. There are so many perspectives about what is accepted, most likely to ensure a successful future, and ultimately what is ones “best bet,” if you will. The truth about the matter is simple — every treatment seeker’s experience will differ dramatically from everyone else’s. In the same regard, the perfect treatment path for one person can be completely ineffective for someone else.
Your sobriety is a precious gift, which is why it is extremely important to not blindly walk into the first rehab you set your sights on. Finding the right program for you will significantly increase the likelihood of you staying sober in the long term. It will increase the odds of you successfully completing it, leaving said program sober, and maintain your sobriety and happiness after you return to the “normal world.” However, it is important to be aware that having such a massive number of options available means making a lucid and heartfelt decision is that much harder. With over 14,500 treatment facilities in the U.S. alone, finding that “perfect fit” for you can be challenging and daunting. Every time we walk through the doors of a treatment facility, it is important to be aware that it could be our last in one of two ways: it clicks this time and you never have to go to rehab again, or it doesn’t click and you end up dying. There are some easy to follow steps which will help you make the right decision about where to go.
figure out realistic, recovery related goals
While every facility may more or less share a common theme, which is to help people, they all specialize in different things and have a slightly unique approach. Even if two facilities specialize in the same exact things, chances are the ways in which they measure success are different and the paths they suggest are as well. Finding that perfect harmony between one’s individual goals and the approach a facility takes is an important thing to consider when weighing the pro’s and con’s of one rehab over another.
So where to begin? First we need to take a look at what substances and negative behaviors we are trying to put behind us. Heroin? Alcohol? Marijuana? Everything? If you are a family member, it is not uncommon for your loved ones to underplay the extent of their substance abuse issues. After this, it is important to figure out if there are any other underlying psychiatric, emotional, or mental and medical conditions that need to be dealt with. In the recovery industry, when two disorders co-occur at the same time, it is called dual diagnosis. A large number of treatment facilities offer this option, but not all of them. Are you simply a heavy drinker, and trying to simply survive a medical detox and move on? Are you trying to reverse years of substance and abuse and behavioral patterns that need more attention? Do you want to make it to 6 months, a year, or thirty years? Being realistic is important when trying to determine what your individual goals are. Personally, we like to work with addicts and alcoholics whose goal is to remain sober for the rest of their life.
2. Consult with a Treatment Professional
In order to make the most informed and lucid decision possible, it is often recommended that you consult with an unbiased addiction recovery treatment professional. Let’s be realistic here, there is often massive concern from addicts and alcoholics that people are getting “kick backs” by referring you to a treatment center that pays them for each client they bring in. When this happens, the client’s best interested is often swept under the rug and disguised as “the right fit.” If a treatment professional ever comes across as pushing one specific rehab without valid explanation or reason, that is a cause for concern. Read our article about red flags when dealing with treatment professionals.
Legitimate treatment professionals are not only experienced, but as unbiased as possible, and know how to listen and respond to each individuals particular needs. There are numerous ways to approach helping someone find the place that is just right for them, and having the necessary knowledge to inform a positive decision requires years of work and experience in the field. Treatment professionals utilize their years of experience and knowledge about the state of the industry to inform you about aspects of rehabilitation facilities one has most likely never considered, is aware of, or has even though of. These dedicated mediators have seen so many patients go in and out of rehab numerous times, and offer a valuable and insightful perspective about finding the right program and facility for you or your loved one. If you are interested in discussing options about how to turn your life around and increase the likelihood that this next rehab will be your last, contact a dedicated treatment expert now.
3. Investigate Various Rehabilitation Options
When dealing with treatment professionals or rehabs, it is important to always be skeptical and make your own decisions. Blind trust in sources of information has led to mass exploitation of the vulnerable and a series of laws passed to try and negate this corrupted side of the industry. It is important to listen to suggestions, yes, but it is also important to do your own investigation about what is being suggested to you. More times than not, there will be information available on facility’s websites and other peripheral information from outside sources, and a lot of information must also be directly inquired about. Top-rated treatment facilities are successful as they are based on a series and moral and ethical principles, and they are more concerned about their client’s success and future than they are how much money is being made. If a treatment professional or rehab is not happy to answer any questions you may have, this is a cause for concern.
It is important, as well, to consider that just because a rehabilitation program or facility appears legitimate online and has high ratings and reviews, this doesn’t necessarily mean it is the right fit. We visit each treatment facility first hand and decide for ourselves if they have their client’s best interest at heart in order to ensure clients do not walk into a facility and end up being let down. There also exists a large number of facilities that focus on a smaller client to staff ratio and don’t have the money to establish a strong online presence, which is something we have extensive knowledge about.