As you may already know, rehab is not a “one size fits all” type of deal. Individual rehabilitation programs and facilities offer different approaches, treatments and follow a wide spectrum of methodologies in order to help people beat addiction. Furthermore, the individual needs and experiences between those seeking addiction treatment are going to vary greatly. This is why it is so important to take the time to choose the right rehab for you instead of just jumping into the first one you see.
Here are several things that must be taken into consideration when it comes to choosing a treatment program:
Identifying Your Specific Needs and Goals
For most, the first goal that comes to mind is obviously the primary objective of beating addiction. However, the real key to recovery is not so black and white. Beating addiction is really about changing your life after all, and so it is important to set other objectives beyond successful addiction treatment. For example, do you have the desire to reconnect with friends and family? The goal to move into a new place? Studies show that most of those struggling with substance abuse are young adults, and so outlining new career goals may also be an important course of action.
Regardless of your specific desires, it is important to outline your specific goals and needs before pursuing your search for an addiction treatment program.
Exploring Different Forms of Treatment
Different programs and facilities offer different methods. Some may be more medical based while others focus more on mental therapy. Others are a blend of both. Furthermore, it is important to look at whether a program offers one-on-one therapy and/or group sessions. Many people find that a combination of both is most helpful in their journey to recovery. but not all programs allow them to do this. Another thing to consider here is whether or not the program offers aftercare services that allow individuals to check in following the treatment.
Do They Take Insurance?
Recovery from an addiction can be a rather urgent matter, but it is important to look into certain details like insurance in order to save a lot of stress down the line. Fortunately, many established programs now take a wide variety of insurance plans. For example, Recovery Revelations in Phelan, California now accepts most major insurance plans as well as a range of others in order to make sure their addiction patients are not compromising on care.
Inpatient vs. Outpatient
One of the most important decisions of all when it comes to choosing a rehab program is determining whether you are better suited in an inpatient or outpatient environment. An outpatient environment can be tempting to a lot of people because it allows you to still go home at the end of the day (and for some, they can even be a cost-saving measure). However, it has been shown that this kind of treatment works best when the individual has a strong network of family and friends who are actively helping them to beat addiction and monitor them when medical professionals and therapists are not around. There can also be more pressure and stress on the individual if they are still actively trying to detox.
Inpatient treatment programs meanwhile tend to provide more care and close treatment that is personally tailored to the individual. This is very important for those who may still be detoxing or who have yet to begin the detox process. However, it is crucial to choose the right inpatient treatment program with experienced caregivers, therapists and medical staff on site. The best inpatient programs also play a role in the individual’s life beyond the active program, helping them to plan out their future and set up check-ins for their time following treatment.
The Setting and Environment
Last but not least, it is imperative that the type of environment and scenery offered by the treatment program is peaceful and attuned to the individual’s personality and needs. You do not want a setting full of things that will distract you from your goals, but at the same time, it is necessary to find hobbies and other things to engage in. Most importantly of all, you should feel at peace in this new environment and feel encouraged by it to make strides toward addiction recovery.
Being in the Right Rehab Increases Longterm Outlook
Recovery extends way beyond participating in a rehab program. It is something that must be worked toward every day, though with time it definitely gets easier. When people do not attend a rehab facility or program that is fully in tune with their needs and experiences, however, they run the risk of slipping back into the clutches of addiction.
It is important to discuss your goals (both long term and short term) with an addiction specialist both before you decide on a program and after you start. For those in the Inland Empire and San Bernardino areas, there are experienced addiction specialists ready to talk with you.