Going to rehab once is hard enough. You don’t want to have to repeat the process because the program didn’t work for you. Also, being an addict once is more than enough. You don’t want to go through rehab and then relapse and become an addict again. So, when you’re ready to choose a rehab, you’ll want to ask five specific questions about rehab that will help you make an informed choice to get the right program that will work the first time.
What You Need to Know Before Going to Rehab
How do you know you’re choosing the right program that will provide the tools you need to remain drug-free for good? The best way to choose a rehab is to do some research before making a decision. Knowing what to expect can help you understand your role in the recovery process and will make the experience more productive.
The Internet has an abundance of information about rehab, and you’ll feel overwhelmed by all the options. Hundreds of facilities are all claiming to be the best. But, don’t be tempted to settle for the first one at the top of the list. Take a deep breath and use this list to help you sort through the choices.
Five of the most important questions to ask about rehab include:
- How many licensed, full-time employees do they have?
- What is their stance on medication-assisted recovery?
- How many people attend a group therapy session?
- How often will you meet with a therapist alone?
- Do they offer private rooms or will you have to bunk with others?
The answers to these questions will give you an idea of whether you’re going to feel like you’re lost in the crowd.
Your Needs and Preferences are Important
Going to rehab today is a much better experience than ever before. The programs are structured in a way to allow for individualized plans that are suited specifically to each patient. You can choose from traditional programs, faith-based, holistic, and many more.
Also, options such as residential, intensive outpatient (IOP), and partial hospitalization (PHP) are available. The severity of your addiction and the substance involved will play a role in determining which type of treatment is best for you.
Some other things you’ll want to know about a facility:
- Do they offer a specialized program or do they claim to be experts at everything? If they claim to be experts at everything, they probably aren’t great at anything.
- Are they a for-profit or non-profit facility? For-profit facilities often offer extra types of therapies and amenities. But, non-profit facilities also offer good options and they’re not likely to be concerned with seeking money.
- Does everything sound too good to be true? Trust your instincts on this. Many facilities make claims that are often completely false.
- What is the length of the program? Is it open-ended or will you be forced to leave in 30 days whether or not you feel ready to be on your own yet? Remember, you don’t want a quick-fix. You want a program that allows you time to heal emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
- Do they offer detox on-site? On-site detox is ideal because you won’t be tempted to leave detox and just go back home. Detox isn’t a cure for your addiction. It just the first step in the overall treatment process that includes rehabilitation and aftercare.
You’ll also need to decide whether you want a facility that is close to home or further away. The good thing about choosing one close to home is that your family will be able to visit. Also, if it’s close by, you can actually visit the facility before making your choice.
If you need more information about going to rehab and what to expect, please contact us today.