Choosing the right recovery rehab facility is critical to successful detox and completing treatment. When looking for the right program, ask the following questions to ensure you make the right decision.
- Do they treat the specific addiction for which treatment is sought? Addictions come in many forms; alcohol, drugs, process disorders like gambling and sex, and psychological disorders like depression or PTSD. It is important to find a recovery rehab that treats the specific addiction.
- Do they treat dual-diagnosis? Many addicts become addicted to a substance because of an underlying diagnosis. But not all recovery rehabs are capable to treat the underlying causes of addiction.
- Do they offer inpatient or outpatient treatment? While inpatient treatment is more effective, many seeking recovery cannot afford inpatient services. Others need to keep employment during treatment and cannot take a leave of absence.
- What is the population of the recovery program? Some programs offer mixed groups while others are segregated. Many recovering addicts find it easier to focus on sobriety in a gender specific program. There are also recovery programs for teens, LGBT, and specific professionals such as emergency response personnel.
- Do they have a religious component to the program? Christian-based programs may require a belief system to be served by the program. It is the same for many other religions that offer addiction recovery rehab. Check with the program before enrolling.
- Do they offer medical detox? Detox is a physically straining process. Many recovery rehab facilities offer medical assisted detoxification to reduce the severity of symptoms. It is believed that assisting this first crucial step will help the recovering addict to complete the program.
- Do they offer group or private therapy? Ask if the program is group based or if one-on-one therapy is offered. While group therapy is beneficial for offering support to the recovering addict, psychotherapy is crucial. Daily or bi-daily private meetings should be scheduled to find and disarm the underlying issues that led to substance abuse.
- Do they offer life-skills training or non-traditional therapy? Recovery rehab facilities recognize that good nutrition helps repair the recovering addict’s organs. It also increases their sense of well-being. So, recovery facilities are teaching nutrition classes. They even facilitate grocery shopping trips and cooking classes. Other therapies include, art and music therapy, exercise, yoga, and keeping a journal.
- Do they use evidence-based protocols? Are their methods of therapy proven to work by an independent survey? Are they based on scientific research? Are they willing to give their rates of recovery and not a national average? If the answer is no to any of these questions, it’s time to look elsewhere. Like any business, there are facilities that will prey on addicts. Choose a facility that publishes their recovery rates.
- Are they a medical recovery program? There are facilities that practice exchanging the abused substance for a medically regulated substance. This is a practice of switching addictions and is not recovery. The goal of recovery is to be sober-not addicted to any substance.
- Do they accept insurance? Like any disease, treatment is expensive. Find out If they accept insurance and will check your coverage for you. Many recovery rehab facilities offer a free insurance check. Not all insurance companies will cover addiction recovery though. If your insurance does not cover the expenses, or you do not have insurance, ask about payments and a sliding-fee-scale.
- What are the living conditions during inpatient recovery? Will the recovering addict have a private room and bathroom or will the space be shared? If shared, how many people with share facilities? Are patients required to complete chores? Will there be space to find solitude critical during recovery? Does the recovery rehab facility offer outdoor recreational areas?
- Do they offer family treatment services?Addiction destroys relationships. Ask if they offer family therapy in-person or over Skype. If not, do they make recommendations as to programs the family can pursue while the loved one is in recovery?
- Do they offer aftercare programs? Once inpatient treatment is complete it can be a daunting task to return to familial life, including being near or in the location of past substance abuse. Whatever facility is chosen, make sure there is a comprehensive aftercare program. Recovering addicts need access to 24-hour support, recovery groups, and communities.
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When you are ready to take the next step in choosing recovery rehab facilities, call Northlake Recovery at (561)-770-6616. Specialists are standing by to answer your questions.