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How To Choose A Rehab?

There are numerous options to consider when it’s time to choose a rehab center. From free or low-cost outpatient counseling to luxury residential care, finding the program that’s right for you can make a big difference in your recovery.

Addiction medicine has changed significantly over the past 75 years. When Bill W. and Dr. Bob founded Alcoholics Anonymous, most people considered addiction to be a character flaw instead of a disease. The diverse choice of rehab programs today includes residential centers and outpatient clinics. Some facilities use the original AA approach while others use scientific, evidence-based treatments — other rehab centers incorporate both approaches.

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Treatment professionals agree that early intervention makes the recovery process less overwhelming. If your loved one chronically abuses drugs or alcohol but does not yet meet the clinical definition of addiction, outpatient-based rehab is an option. A 12 Step program, addiction counseling, and private psychotherapy that evaluates potential disorders such as depression or anxiety may help you or your loved one beat a growing substance abuse problem without residential intervention.

Residential Care

If the abuse is addiction, it’s time to consider residential treatment. Residential substance abuse recovery centers vary in treatment philosophies, amenities, location and cost. During residential drug and alcohol therapy, you or your loved one will focus exclusively on recovery from addiction without any of the distractions associated with everyday life.

Choosing a Residential Treatment Facility

Although finding a residential treatment center seems like a simple task, choosing the rehab center that’s right for your needs is a complex process. Before you enroll anywhere, do your research. Our list of Top Ranked Rehab Centers for this year will provide you with additional guidance.

If you’re not sure what to ask, consider the following:

  • Location — Do you want your rehab center be close to home, or can it be someplace new that lets you focus completely on your sobriety? Does weather or spending time outdoors matter?
  • Size — Smaller centers often provide more personalized care but may not have the facilities a larger center can offer. Ask about client-to-staff ratios — smaller ratios mean more personalized care
  • Treatment philosophy — Do you prefer alternative therapy to traditional 12 Step-based care, or are you looking for a blend of the two?
  • Aftercare and extended care options — Will your rehab center help you stay sober after residential care ends? Can you stay longer if you’re not ready to return to everyday life?
  • Insurance and cost — Many rehab centers don’t accept private health insurance and are extremely costly. If cost is an issue, find out how billing works if you choose to enroll.

For more information on choosing the rehab facility that’s right for you, review our list of Top Ranked Rehabs and contact a counselor now.