Drug and alcohol abuse and addiction can cause a lot of damage to an individual’s life and their family. Fortunately, in the United States, we have thousands of treatment facilities devoted to helping people start their road to recovery.
Once you or a loved one have made the decision to seek treatment, the next step is to choose a rehab center that fits your needs and circumstances. But there are so many options that it becomes overwhelming. There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all treatment program. What works well for one person can be ineffective for another.
Your sobriety is what matters most, and that’s why you need to choose the program that you are most likely to complete successfully. But how do you do that? Here are some things to consider.
Think About Your Needs and Goals
Every rehab center has different specialties, so it’s important to find one that aligns with your goals, but first, you have to know what those goals are. Don’t worry if at this point you’re having trouble figuring out what your goals are. This is quite common. You can seek the help of a treatment provider that can give you a substance abuse evaluation, which will help you identify your goals and find out how you can reach them.
The key is to start thinking about what aspect of your life you would like to change and determine a timeline for these changes. Afterward, you can think about what steps you would need to take in the next few weeks and months to achieve these goals.
In terms of needs, you have to think about other factors that might influence your chances for a successful recovery. For example, if you are dealing with chronic pain, you will need to find a treatment program that specializes in pain management.
Research Various Options
As we mentioned before, there are a lot of different rehab centers that specialize in different programs from 12 step to non 12 step programs, inpatient or outpatient care, and centers that specialize in dual-diagnosis, which, in turn, have different therapeutic approaches. It’s important that you research each option.
Most of the information you need will be provided on each center’s website, but you may have to call them directly for additional information. Reputable treatment facilities have nothing to hide, and they should be more than happy to answer your questions.
Every rehab center tends to specialize in a different set of addictions, and they have various treatment models and therapeutic approaches they follow.
Depending on your needs and goals, when you call then you should inquire about what types of therapy they offer, whether or not they provide medication, what training and credentials the staff members have, if they tailor their treatment to each patient, and what you will have to do during treatment.
Compare the Different Options and Make a Decision
After you’ve completed your research and made the necessary inquiries, it’s time to compare the facilities on your shortlist and make a decision based on what characteristics are most important to you.
You can also speak to a professional such as your doctor or a dedicated treatment provider who is more familiar with the facilities in your area and provide you with more information.
Once you’ve chosen a rehab center, you can contact them and enroll in their program. Each facility will have its own policies and procedures for enrollment, which you will have to discuss with them.