Finding the Right Rehab

While recovery care can be life-changing, choosing the right center is often a daunting task. Deciding when to seek help, learning about the typical treatment process, knowing what to look for in a center, and understanding your individual needs all play a crucial role in locating comprehensive alcohol and drug rehab programs. To make this process easier, The Recovery Village offers some guidelines to help clients select the right center and make the best decision for themselves or their loved ones.

The Recovery Village is committed to connecting those in need to hope and healing. Need help evaluating credible care? Interested in exploring treatment options at one of our nationally-recognized centers in Florida, Colorado, Washington and across the country? Reach out to an intake coordinator today.

Do You Need Help?

Recognizing that you have a substance use disorder is one of the most difficult parts of the recovery process. It’s hard enough to admit it to yourself, and even harder to reach out to others and ask for help. You may not think that your drug or alcohol use is severe enough to warrant professional treatment, but the truth of the matter is simple: If you’re questioning whether or not you need professional help, you probably do.

If you recognize one or more of these situations in your own life, you might benefit from professional recovery care:

  1. You suspect that you might have a problem.
  2. Others have expressed concern about your alcohol or drug use.
  3. You use drugs or alcohol to cope with stressful or painful feelings.
  4. You hide your substance use from those close to you.
  5. Your professional and personal lives are suffering.

What Is Drug Rehab?

Drug rehab programs help those struggling with substance use disorder overcome their addictions and go on to lead healthier, happier lives. Clients who enter drug rehab may be misusing alcohol, prescription medications, illicit drugs or a combination of substances. Many also struggle with co-occurring disorders like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression or anxiety. During the course of treatment, participants work to regain their lives to create a future free from the confines of addiction.

Levels of Care

Comprehensive care delivered by competent medical professionals is an essential part of rehab. While programs vary across different facilities, most drug or alcohol treatment plans involve at least one of the following levels of care:

Some rehab centers only offer medical detox, while other facilities exclusively provide outpatient care. Full-service facilities like The Recovery Village offer a complete continuum of treatment, from medical detox to aftercare. Depending on your individual needs, you may need to participate in one, multiple, or all of these levels of care to successfully recover from substance use disorder.  

Types of Therapy


During each level of drug rehab, clients take part in a variety of therapeutic techniques that help them come to terms with their addiction, understand its origins, and change the thought patterns and behaviors that contribute to substance use. Therapy can also help patients build a support network of peers and professionals who understand their struggle. Examples of therapies commonly used in rehabilitation programs include:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Contingency Management (CM)
  • Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA)
  • Pharmaceutical Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Motivational-Enhancement Therapy (MET)
  • 12-Step Programs
  • SMART Recovery
  • Group and Family Therapy

While the type and frequency of therapy may vary from center to center, high-quality facilities tend to use a wide range of techniques. This helps ensure that clients respond well to treatment and can go on to thrive outside of rehab.

How to Determine the Quality of a Rehab Program

The treatment options available for addiction can seem endless. With thousands of public and private facilities across the United States, how can you accurately evaluate the quality of care at each center? While every rehab program is different, successful care centers tend to share a few key components. By assessing each facility based on the following guidelines, you can better identify programs that promote and empower lasting recovery.

Treatment Philosophy

A center’s treatment philosophy is their unique approach to patient care. The more individualized the treatment, the better the chance of success.

National Accreditation

At the very minimum, treatment facilities must have local and state licensure to operate legally. Before enrolling in a program, ask for information about each rehab center’s accreditations and licensures.

Evidence-Based Practices

Centers that focus on providing scientifically-backed treatment methods that treat addiction like a chronic disease, rather than a moral failing, are typically the most successful. 

Care for Co-occurring Disorders

Co-occurring disorders like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression or anxiety can form with or influence a substance use disorder. When treatment addresses both conditions, clients have a higher chance of long-term sobriety.

Length of Treatment

In most cases, the longer a patient stays in a residential treatment program, the better chance they have of abstaining from drugs and alcohol in the outside world.

Family Involvement

Research indicates that having a strong network of family support during treatment dramatically improves the chances of long-term recovery. The best rehab facilities make sure your family is part of the process from start to finish.

Staff Qualifications

Clinical expertise is critical to successful treatment. Before enrolling in a rehab program, double check that the physicians, clinicians and counselors in the facility hold the required certifications.

Availability of Aftercare

Centers with alumni networks, mutual support programs or sober living homes help clients remain drug-free in the days, weeks, months and even years after initial treatment.

Recreational Therapies and Amenities 

Onsite recreational therapies and amenities encourage participants to find meaning and joy outside of substance use, which promotes long-term recovery and wellness.

How to Find the Best Drug Rehab for You

Successful recovery often starts by choosing the right rehab program for your individual needs. Every person is unique, just as everyone’s relationship with drugs and alcohol is different. While some may do best in an inpatient program, others may only need outpatient care. Whether you need to find drug rehab close to home, or visit a center out of state, the decision should always be tailored to your specific situation.

Narrow down your search for drug or alcohol rehab by:

Evaluating Your Needs 

While only a medical professional can properly evaluate your rehabilitation needs, you can still take steps to understand what kind of treatment is necessary and best. When you call a treatment center like The Recovery Village, you will be asked a series of questions that help guide you to the right treatment program. While an over-the-phone evaluation may not give you a complete treatment plan, it can help you develop an understanding of what kind of rehab is necessary, be it an intensive inpatient program, or a less-frequent outpatient program. For many, working through several steps (including medical detox) is most effective for long-term recovery. This is also the time to determine whether or not you should attend initial treatment close to home, or travel to a center to put more space between you and the lifestyle that contributes to substance use disorder.

Researching Your Options

A search engine can help you find drug rehab options, and give you further details on the treatment programs and therapies offered. But research goes beyond a simple Google search. Chatting with friends and family members who have been through treatment can give you a good idea of what to look for. Narrowing your choices down to two or three centers will allow you to more easily compare things like location, medical staff, therapies offered and aftercare planning. When you have all the facts assembled, calling each center to get a feel for the culture and care can help you make the final decision.

Letting Your Insurance Help

Cost is a major factor for many seeking help with drugs and alcohol. While the lifetime savings of leaving behind substances is astronomical, the initial price tag of rehab can be a deterrent for some. Fortunately, many insurance providers cover drug or alcohol rehab either partially or completely. Some rehab centers, including The Recovery Village, can verify your insurance before beginning a program. Taking advantage of available resources can make the process easier so you can start working toward recovery sooner.


Choosing a rehabilitation program is a sensitive and life-changing decision. When you are prepared with background information, knowledge of your needs, and realistic expectations of rehab, you can more easily find the best program for you. If you need help selecting a drug or alcohol rehab center, or are ready to take the first step toward healing, call The Recovery Village today to learn more about compassionate care programs throughout the country.

Finding the Right Rehab
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Finding the Right Rehab was last modified: November 9th, 2017 by The Recovery Village