Steps To Help You Choose The Right Rehab

Substance use disorders and addictions are serious medical conditions that have caused significant harm to many individuals and families around the world. Fortunately, there are thousands of treatment centers across the United States that are dedicated to helping those in need find ways to recover. There is a wide variety of treatment programs and services that are designed to be an individualized experience, as no two recovery journeys are the same.

Finding recovery is important, which is why it’s just as important to ensure you choose the right rehab. The right rehab will make it much more likely that you complete the program successfully, leave the program in recovery, and maintain your recovery after returning home. However, the sheer number of options available means that making a choice can be hard, which means that developing a personalized plan is the first, and most important, step.

Decide What Your Goals And Needs Are

Every treatment program has different specialties and focuses that they cater to. Many of these treatment centers will measure success differently and utilize different strategies to help you get there. When deciding what rehab is right for you, it’s extremely important to consider what your goals for treatment are. Once you’ve done so, you can then decide on a treatment facility that will be the most effective at supporting you while you work to attain these goals.

The first step in determining your treatment goals is identifying which substances or behaviors you are trying to recover from. This can seem obvious, however, many times there are other substances or behaviors that may not feel problematic, but can impede your recovery process if not address properly.
The next step is determining whether you have any underlying issues, such as a mental healh disorder (dual diagnosis) or medical conditions like heart or liver disease, that would benefit from being treated simultaneously.

Most of all, it is important to define what success means and looks like to you. Is your initial goal to get through detox and remain sober for the first 30 days? Would a longer residential stay assist your goal of remaining sober after treatment? Choosing what rehab to attend often includes input from your loved ones, but ultimately must be your choice in the end.

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Speak With A Treatment Provider

A great way to figure out what kind of treatment options exist and to find a program that most closely matches your goals is to speak with a treatment provider. The sheer number of options available can make finding the right rehab difficult without someone to help.

Treatment providers are very familiar with the various aspects of the treatment process and can help explain areas that most people are likely not aware of, which can prove to be invaluable information when looking into rehab options. These dedicated individuals can help discuss available treatment options and connect you with potential treatment programs.

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Investigate Various Rehab Options

Whether you found the right rehab through online research or by speaking with a treatment provider, it’s important to perform due diligence in making sure it has everything you need for success in recovery. Some information you need will be available on websites, while some may rely on you calling the center for additional information. Top-rated treatment facilities want to make sure that people find success in their program, so be sure to ask about everything you’ll need to leave treatment successful.

Factors To Consider

Many factors determine which treatment program may be best for your circumstances, and some of these factors may be more important than others from person to person. Here are some factors that are the most important to many people who enter treatment.

Inpatient vs. Outpatient

There are 2 major forms of treatment: residential treatment, where the patient stays at the treatment center; and outpatient treatment, where the patient stays in their own home (or sober living home) but attends treatment during the day for up to 6 hours. There are advantages and disadvantages to both, so the right choice really depends your individual’s needs and treatment goals.

In general, residential treatment has a considerably higher success rate, however, it is usually more expensive and disruptive to daily life. Conversely, outpatient treatment generally has a lower success rate; but is less expensive and allows patients to maintain more of their normal routine.

Specialties

Treatment centers can often specialize in treating certain forms of addiction or behaviors. For example, a treatment center may specialize in treating alcohol use disorder, while another may specialize in treating patients with a dual diagnosis that often have higher success when both conditions are treated simultaneously. It is very important to select a treatment program that both specializes in and has a positive track record of treating patients with your specific needs.

Treatments And Therapies

There are a variety of different treatment methods and therapeutic modalities available for substance use disorders and addiction treatment. This makes it possible for everyone to find the treatment that works best for them, but it also means that it’s possible to choose a program where the available therapies may not be the best fit. It can be very useful to research some of the different types of therapies, especially if you have not attended treatment before.

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Medication Assisted Treatment

One treatment that has grown in popularity and medical approval is Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT). This form of treatment utilizes psychotherapy and behavioral therapies in combination with medications that are specialized for addiction. There have been may studies demonstrating the efficacy of MAT and improvising patient retention in treatment, ongoing recovery after treatment, and overall survival from addiction. This form of treatment has primarily been utilized for treatment from Opiate use disorder, and can assist with alcohol use disorder as well.

Amenities

The available amenities at treatment centers are some of the biggest and most obvious differentiators between facilities. There are some programs that provide a standard of living that rivals or exceeds that of 5-star hotels, and there are programs that have standard but fully-functional facilities that are just as capable of helping patients enter recovery. The range of amenities offered throughout treatment centers is widespread. This means that depending on the area you’re in, you are likely to find several treatment centers that offer everything you need.

Location

There are multiple schools of thought when it comes to whether or not it is ideal to choose a treatment program located close to where you live. Obviously, nearby facilities are more convenient and may be a necessary choice if you have commitments close to home that you cannot leave for an extended period of time. However, it is also generally considered to be highly beneficial to travel outside of your environment, as distance away from unhealthy relationships and triggers can provide better opportunity to develop new healthy strategies for recovery.

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Length Of Program

Most treatment programs last for around 30 to 60 days, with some lasting up to 90 days. Many treatment professionals strongly recommend 90-day treatment programs because of their ability to assist with the multifaceted issues involved with substance use disorders. However, treatment does not have to remain completely residential throughout a 90-day treatment program.

Often, many patients will complete 30-45 days of residential treatment and then transition back to their home environment or sober living home to continue receiving support in an outpatient setting. This process allows everyone involved, including your friends and family, to feel more comfortable and supported through this emotional stage. In the end, deciding how long the length of your stay is will be dependent on your circumstances and needs.

Cost

For many, cost is the single-biggest factor for choosing a treatment program. The truth is that the cost of treatment varies dramatically depending on the facility, the length of stay, and the programs you participate in. Luckily, there are many options available to help patients pay for treatment, meaning that there are options available no matter what your budget is. It’s also important to remember that the financial toll of long-term addiction is far greater than any treatment stay. Some commonly used options to help pay for treatment include:

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Compare Rehabs

After identifying all possible treatment program options within a reasonable time frame, the next step is to compare programs. Choosing the right rehab means carefully weighing all the factors to ensure your goals are being met. Making a decision will require determining what characteristics are most important and finding the program that most closely matches your treatment.

It’s important to note that you may not be able to find a facility that perfectly matches all of your preferences, however, with the right research and support you’ll still be able to find an excellent treatment center that will help you get started on the road to recovery.

Admission

Once the right treatment center has been found , it is time to begin the admission process. Every treatment program has its own set of policies and procedures for admission, but they will have no problem providing that information ahead of time. Some treatment programs will even allow the admissions process to start over the phone. Make sure to carefully review and follow all of the admission procedures to ensure success.

Find Treatment Today

With so many options available, finding treatment might seem overwhelming. Fortunately, there are treatment providers who can help you or your loved one find treatment. Contact a treatment provider for more information.

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Travis Pantiel, LMHC, MCAP

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  • Travis Pantiel is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a National Board-Certified Counselor with specialized expertise in the co-occurring disorder treatment field.

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