Consider these factors to help you make the right choice for you or your loved one.

Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation Centers: How To Compare And Choose

Whether you or a family member are considering entering an alcohol or drug rehabilitation center, it can be overwhelming and bewildering to choose the right substance abuse treatment.

Start any potential search by asking questions of yourself and the alcohol and drug rehab centers you’re looking into. What would you want to know about them and what do you hope to get out of your, or a loved one’s, time there?  

By educating yourself about what to look for in a program, you can relieve some stress and uncertainty and ultimately find hope for lasting recovery.

1. What type of result do you expect from rehabilitation? Does it align with the expectation and measure of success of the drug treatment facilities you’re looking into?

You’re not going to get the same result from every rehabilitation center. Different programs expect different results, as should you. So by knowing ahead of time what a program is offering, you’ll be better off. Some consider success to be a person’s continual attendance of meetings. Another program may measure the completion of a 30-day program as a success. In addition to these differing measures of success, various factors play into the “success rate of recovery.” These can include improved family relations, employment, sobriety, etc.

2. Does the program’s treatment rely on the use of other drugs?

This type of program is known as a “harm reduction” program. It offers methadone, Suboxone and buprenorphine to patients recovering from addiction to heroin, prescription painkillers, etc. While the goal of this program is to reduce harm from illicit drug use rather than create sobriety, it is essentially trading one addiction for another. And prescription opioid substitution can result in an addiction much faster. So if your ultimate goal is total sobriety, this type of program may not be for you.

3. Does the program offer a method for alleviating cravings that come from drug or alcohol addiction?

A person in addiction recovery may struggle with some severe cravings and many programs don’t offer a direct method for alleviating these cravings. Some may offer frequent support meetings, prescription medications, nutritional techniques and/or counseling in order to suppress or reduce the cravings. If this is an important factor of treatment for you, look for a program that has nutritional detoxification or other, healthy techniques to effectively alleviate cravings.

4. Is the staff properly trained and knowledgeable? Do they offer customized treatment plans?

Get a feel for the on-site staff at the various drug treatment facilities you’re considering. Are they trained and caring? Are they experienced and welcoming? Find a facility that has all patients undergo an intake interview that allows the staff to customize a treatment program that best addresses their personal and unique needs.

5. Does the program include nutritional support?

A thorough recovery program should include nutritional support for patients in order to repair any deficiencies caused by drug or alcohol abuse. If this support is not offered, depression, lack of appetite, irritation and other issues may arise and lead to further prescribing of medications when a healthier solution is available.

6. Is the program long-term or short-term?

While the most common drug treatment programs are 30 days, this type of program may not give people the time they need in order to achieve sobriety. A lot of people need much longer than 30 days to become fully sober. Take these things into account when considering your treatment center and the level of addiction.

7. Does the rehabilitation center promise a cure-all or an instant cure?

While there may be a few unusual and short-term forms of treatment that work, most people need to repair the years of damage to the mind, body and soul in order to recover from addiction. Patients need to learn how to overcome cravings and, often, re-learn basic life skills in order to stay sober. This normally only comes with two to three months of steady work.

8. Are the amenities safe and comfortable?

Drug rehabilitation centers should be set in a calm and serene environment. Look for state-of-the-art facilities that will ensure that you or a loved one will feel safe and secure. Some items to look for when you’re researching potential drug rehab centers include private or semi-private rooms, in-room televisions, chef-prepared meals, comfortable beds, activities, on-site swimming pools and lounging areas.

9. Are you comfortable with the drug rehabilitation program’s steps for yourself or a loved one?

This drug rehab program’s effectiveness could determine the future of yourself or a loved one. You need to fully understand the steps that will be involved in the process. Confrontational counseling, heavy drugging during withdrawal, forced labor, and even electric shocks or psychedelic drugs may be used during some forms of treatment. You cannot ask too many questions, so make sure you ask the staff at the facility about every phase of treatment.

10. Does the facility believe that relapses are normal, or do they think that they’re preventable?

This may seem like a small point or a personal opinion, but in reality it will be the overarching theme of your or a loved one’s recovery. There are many forms of rehab, but normally facilities tend to either have the mentality that relapses are normal following rehab or that relapses are entirely preventable through a thorough program. Now one way isn’t better than another; it’s just a matter of choosing a facility whose philosophy aligns with your own.  

We’re Here To Help

While you have to be the ultimate judge of whether a drug rehabilitation center will work for you or a loved one, don’t be afraid to reach out and ask questions. At Daylight Recovery Services, our goal is to help addicts and their loved ones recover from the family disease of addiction. If you have any questions or need more information, don’t hesitate to reach out to our trained and experienced staff.

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