How To Choose the Best Drug Rehab Center for Your Fresh Start
Choosing the best drug rehab center for your needs is a difficult decision. There are numerous drug rehab centers to choose from and some will be better suited to your needs than others. All facilities aren’t created equal, so you’ll need to do your research beforehand. A lot of facilities employ similar treatment options, but there are variances in style and available treatments that might fit your needs better.
Below we highlight all of the criteria and questions you’ll need to examine when choosing the best drug rehab facility for a new start.
Look Into Licensing and Accreditation
You’ll only want to go to a facility that is accredited and licensed. These guidelines for accreditation are state specific, so you’ll want to check with your state government to ensure your facility is accredited. There are also individual licenses for each of the individuals you’ll be working with as well.
Examine Methods and Treatment Protocols
Each facility will have its own protocol for carrying out treatment. Most facilities are similar in that they’ll offer forms of drug detoxification, counseling and therapy, and won’t allow outside contraband. However, there will be variances in the styles of therapy, the types of group counseling available, and the treatment methods. So, you’ll need to choose a facility that suits you best.
Some facilities are affiliated with certain religious groups, and even offer healthy eating plans, and other forms of activity such as pilates, yoga, and meditation.
Is Aftercare A Possibility?
Aftercare has proven to be incredibly effective in keeping people off drugs once their treatment is complete. Sometimes, aftercare is bundled with the facility, while other times it’s done through another facility.
Be sure to examine your options ahead of time, so you know the course of action following your original treatment. Aftercare can truly be a helpful addition to your treatment program and will go a long ways toward helping you achieve sobriety.
Common Questions To Consider
Once you’ve examined the facility basics you’ll want to consider the following questions to further narrow down your treatment options.
1. Is It A Short-Term Or Long-Term Facility?
The most common length of a drug rehab program is 28 days. But, in some cases it may take longer to achieve sobriety. If you think it’s going to take longer than the usual month long stint, then choose a facility that offers longer sobriety programs.
2. What Is The Goal Of The Program?
Different programs will lead to different results. Some programs measure success by continuing to take prescribed medication, like, methadone or Suboxone. While, others consider success simply completing the 28-day program. Other programs consider abstinence after the return home a success.
Make sure the facility you’re choosing is in alignment with your definition of success.
3. What Forms Of Support Are Offered?
Some addiction programs simply substitute other legal drugs like, methadone, Suboxone, or buprenorphine, in order to reduce the harm of illegal drugs. For this type of program the goal isn’t sobriety, but instead to reduce the harm from illegal substances.
If your goal is complete sobriety, then you’ll need to find a program that doesn’t rely on these drugs and instead employs other means like group therapy, exercise, nutrition, therapy, and aftercare.
4. Are Nutrition and Life Skills Part Of The Program?
Drug and alcohol addiction can create a host of health problems. Effective drug rehab programs will address loss of appetite, malnutrition, depression, irritation, and other barriers to recovery. These facilities will aid the recovery process with supplements, vitamins, and minerals, while also including an exercise component.
In order to effectively thrive in society following a drug rehab program, some facilities help with job placement, continued support, and other forms of support to help become a healthy member of society.
Once you’ve decided the time has come to give yourself a fresh start it’s important you find a facility that aligns with your goals during and after treatment.
The Recovery Village is a rehab facility in Florida that offers individualized, comprehensive treatment plans for substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. If you’re ready to start a new life, reach out to us at any time.
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