Once you’ve decided to seek treatment drug or alcohol addiction, you’ll need to select a rehabilitation program that will match your needs and general circumstances. There are various types of treatments out there, but how do you know which one center is right for you?
Types of Rehab Programs
Patients will still live in their homes as usual and simply visit the center on a regular basis to meet with professionals treating them.
Patients are confined in a hospital and receive strict structured care for addiction and other severe health problems.
Patients receive treatment at home.
Patients stay in supervised, transient housing and can take part in treatment programs.
See if the program uses evidence-based methods that have been proven to work as per scientific studies. If you are dealing with mental health difficulties, find a program that can treat those particular conditions as well.
Another important part of finding a rehab facility is to know how the program responds if a patient starts using drugs or alcohol again. Will they kick the person out? Are there people in the staff who are trained to handle relapse cases?
Rights and Family Expectations
Know what your in-treatment rights and responsibilities are, along with the expectations of the facility not only from you but from your family too. Ask them what you and your family may or may not do while you’re in the facility, and whether they can give you a written document that lists down all of these, including your rights and responsibilities.
Finally, on top of being licensed and accredited, the program you select should be in line with the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse’ standards of care as listed below:
> Care is administered by at least one physician who is trained and experience in the treatment of substance use disorders.
> You have a number of effective treatments as options and not just one, and multiple sessions are offered for at least three hours weekly.
> There is a full-time addiction medicine doctor or addiction psychiatrist working at the facility.
> Patients can be treated for other medical problems they may be dealing with.
> Ongoing care and support is available even after treatment.
> Should they relapse, patients will not be automatically removed from the program. With such credentials, you can be sure that the program has met state standards, if applicable, or standards set by a professional organization. But keep in mind that licensing and accreditation don’t always mean effective treatments, so make sure you check other quality indicators as well.
So in the end, your question shouldn’t be”What’s rehab center is the best in my area?”