Choosing a drug rehabilitation program can be a daunting process, but following the guidelines below can help make it easier, and more successful.
The first step is to narrow your choices to those programs that will be most helpful for your particular addiction, whether that is prescription drugs, street drugs or alcohol. Then find one that fits you. Some centers focus on adolescents and others only take those who are 18 or older. There are also centers that specialize in helping people of a specific ethnic or religious background. Some centers even specialize in those with multiple challenges, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, eating disorders, depression and mood disorders.
Geographic location will likely be important when making your choice. Sometimes it is necessary to get away from all of the influences that may support or exacerbate your addiction, especially during the most intensive part of treatment. That is one reason why many treatment centers are located in rural settings. On the other hand, it may be important for you to be close to family and friends who can offer support. Discuss your concerns with a counselor and figure out what will work best for your needs.
The quality of staffing at a drug treatment program is of the utmost importance. Make sure the programs you look at have degreed medical professionals who specialize in drug addiction treatment. It may also be helpful if the treatment center staff includes people who have battled addiction themselves and can offer their success stories as motivation. Find out what kind of credentials the full-time staff has, and whether the center is accredited by the appropriate state agency. Inpatient treatment programs should also be certified by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.
Ongoing treatment and support can make the difference between long-term success and failure. Almost any program can keep someone drug-free for a short period of time – the measure of success is in maintaining your recovery for the long-term. Look for a treatment center that offers ongoing support services that will work with your lifestyle. That can include walk-in clinics, evening or weekend support meetings, and online or telephone counseling.
It’s difficult to answer the question, “How much should it cost?” There are such a wide variety of programs, ranging from 24-hour inpatient care to outpatient clinics to support and counseling, that it is hard to say. Ask several treatment centers to provide you with rates for their various services. Don’t be afraid to question charges that you don’t understand. Also talk with your insurance provider to find out what it will cover. Some insurers will only cover services for in-plan providers and others cover very specific treatment services.
If you are seeking the best value for your treatment dollar, remember: price can be meaningful only in the context of quality and performance.