If you have been drinking or using drugs and you believe that casual abuse has become a more serious problem, it’s time to get help. Researching where to go for rehab is a big first step toward admitting that you need help. But the choices can be overwhelming, and how can you know for sure that one treatment method is better than the rest?
Only you and your family can decide what rehabilitation program is right for you, but the good news is that there are many options. Here’s what you need to know about choosing an addiction therapy program.
If you’re addicted to alcohol or a drug that causes physical withdrawal symptoms, you are probably worried about feeling sick because of withdrawal. A detox center can help you feel more comfortable during your first days of sobriety. That means you can avoid or reduce symptoms such as nausea, hallucinations, insomnia, shakiness and pain. How long you’ll need to stay in detox depends on what and how much you use.
In some cases, people feel better after a couple of days. In more serious cases, detox can last a couple of weeks or more. Once the physical symptoms subside, the program ends and you’re free to follow up with additional counseling.
Outpatient Therapy and Counseling
Outpatient therapy and counseling is a popular, scalable and cost-effective approach. You might choose to join a free or low-cost group such as Alcoholics Anonymous, and complement that approach with one-on-one psychotherapy. This type of recovery lets you get personalized care, live at home, spend time with friends and family, and go to work. It also provides the greatest amount of freedom, and it’s often the least costly approach.
Many successfully recovered addicts choose outpatient therapy and counseling for supplemental treatment following a stay in detox or residential rehab.
Residential rehabilitation is the most intensive and effective form of substance abuse treatment. It is also the most expensive. Many residential rehabs provide professionally supervised detox, counseling and psychotherapy services. “Luxury” rehabs may also include amenities such as private rooms, well-equipped gyms and gourmet kitchens.
“Luxury” does not always mean “successful,” however. Whether or not your loved one succeeds at sobriety depends on a wide array of factors. Program approach, amenities, location, size and cost are all important issues to consider.
Where Should I Go to Rehab?
Don’t worry if you’re still not sure where to go to rehab. You can use certain criteria to identify the best rehab facility for your needs. You should look for:
- A certified program with a highly qualified medical director, administrators, therapists and counselors. Just because a rehab center has a beautiful facility or promises a fast cure does not mean the quality of care is high. Research the credentials of the staff members and the facility itself before you enroll.
- A rehab center that includes detox services. Quitting alcohol and drugs can be uncomfortable — under certain circumstances, it can also be fatal. To quit using safely, you need 24-hour care. Detox also prevents relapse and helps you adjust to sobriety while feeling less overwhelmed.
- Staff members who are qualified to diagnose co-existing disorders. Did you know that many who are addicted to alcohol and drugs also have depression or anxiety? Depression and anxiety are treatable disorders, but they require accurate diagnosis as well as ongoing therapy. Other disorders that may be diagnosed include Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, ADD/ADHD, panic disorder and bipolar disorder.
- A rehab that lets you enjoy sobriety. One of the biggest worries addicted people have is what they’ll do for fun when using isn’t an option. The right rehab can help you reengage with fun activities that will help keep your mind off drugs and alcohol.
- A rehab that involves your loved ones. Research from the federal government indicates that addicts who have the support of loved ones are more likely to get and stay sober. Your rehab should keep your loved ones involved every step of the way. It should also help you build the support system you need as you rebuild trust with those who care for you the most.
- A rehab that stays in touch. Your rehab program should not cut you loose without any support. Transitioning to life in the “real” world means you need support that helps you avoid temptation. A rehab that checks in on your progress keeps you accountable for your actions. The best rehabs develop a customized post-care plan that includes your loved ones.
Find the Right Program Today
Getting sober begins with finding the program that is right for you or your family member. Take a look at our top-ranked residential rehabs, or speak with a counselor for more information.