Addiction is a disease that can affect anyone. It is a real, tangible illness and no one should feel shame when seeking help. Deciding on drug and/or alcohol treatment center can be frightening for you or a loved one who is struggling with substance abuse.
When searching for care for yourself or someone in need, there are plenty of options; but in-depth questions about the facility’s focus, treatment options, accreditation, and cost need to be asked and answered, in order to make an informed choice. Understanding treatment options and contacting rehab centers can be time-consuming, but the results can be worth the work.
What is Rehab?
Rehabilitation (Rehab) is counseling along with support and education that focuses on helping individuals address their psychological dependence for drugs and/or alcohol. Rehab may include medical detox and is just the first part of recovery; it is not a cure for drug or alcohol addiction.
The length of rehab programs varies and is typically a case-by-case basis. Unfortunately, it’s not a question that can always be accurately answered early on. Most patients start by agreeing to a standard 30-day program and then adjust the length as needed. Generally, rehab is referred to as:
- Short-Term Rehabilitation: These are shorter programs that offer some hope to addicts for whom time is an issue. This is usually a 30-day program that compresses a 90-day treatment through intense therapy. For most people, this is not enough time to recover from addiction.
- Long-Term Rehabilitation: Treatment is usually 90-days or longer. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), longer-term programs of about 12-weeks or longer are needed to give an addicted person enough time to recover.
What Type Of Rehab Program Do I Need?
The type of treatment an individual requires depends on the severity of the addiction. If you have a severe addition (referred to as “full-blown”), you need more intensive treatment than a person with minor alcohol problems.
When considering the right type of rehab needed for addiction, an early task should be determining if inpatient or outpatient treatment is the best choice.
- Inpatient Rehab Program: A residential treatment center where patients reside for various lengths of time depending on their program. The average stay is 30 days, but most addiction treatment facilities offer longer programs. The length of treatment depends on several factors, including the severity of the addiction, the existence of any co-occurring mental health conditions and whether the person has been through rehab before.
- Outpatient Rehab Program: A program that offers drugand alcohol treatment sessions that can be scheduled during various times throughout the week. This schedule allows patients to continue living at home and fulfill their regular responsibilities. Patients are required to check into the treatment center at their allotted times for counseling and medication.
Outpatient programs come in a variety of formats and they differ in levels of intensity. An array of services can be offered, but the general focus should be on counseling, education and providing a network of support.
How to Find Rehab Centers
One way to find free treatment programs is through the government. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides a search tool that can find nearby treatment centers based on any address. The search tool also allows individuals to filter programs based on their specific requirements.
You can also search the following directories to find board-certified addiction specialists near you.
- The American Board of Addiction Medicine: This directory lists physicians who are board-certified in addiction medicine. Many of these physicians are primary care doctors.
- The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology: This directory lists psychiatrists who are board-certified in addiction psychiatry. These physicians specialize in mental health.
Finding a rehab center doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Substance abuse treatment specialists are available to help each step of the way. Speaking to a family physician or a mental health professional may be a good first step in determining what type of treatment is needed. This may help in finding a rehab center faster.
How to Choose a Rehab Center
According to American Addiction Centers, the first thing that needs to be determined when finding a rehab center is determining what type of treatments are needed for recovery. If you’re addicted to alcohol and drugs, an alcohol-only rehab isn’t equipped to provide all the care that is needed. Make sure the center provides treatment for your primary drug of abuse and that it is equipped to care for secondary drugs that are being abused.
- Does the program use treatments backed by scientific evidence?
- Does the program tailor treatment to the needs of each patient?
- Does the program adapt treatment as the patient’s needs change?
- Is the duration of treatment sufficient?
- How do 12-step or similar recovery programs fit into drug addiction treatment?
A strong support system can increase a person’s success rate in treatment and staying sober after rehab. Some families don’t know how to properly support one another and the addicted one during the sobriety journey. Rehab centers that provide family-based therapy teach family members how to communicate, function and support each other. Find rehab centers with family therapy program to strengthen the support system and learn proper boundaries.
A rehab center with accreditation is a good sign; however, that doesn’t mean the facility is perfect. Just as the absence of accreditation doesn’t mean the facility provides poor care. The best indicator of a facility with good care is one with an experienced and certified staff.
Personal circumstances such as support system, employment status, ability to pay for treatment and living environment can affect your rehab center decision. It’s important to be mindful that many facilities may offer great amenities in beautiful locations, but those comforts are insignificant if the center doesn’t provide the type of treatment that you need.
A rehab center that provides treatments and services needed to be successful should always be top choice; any additional amenities or luxuries, should be considered “bonuses”.