Coming to the realization that you or a loved one is in need of drug rehab can be a scary thing. Not only is it frightening because of the reality of addiction, but also because of the sheer number of treatment centers, counseling services and therapists available. Would virtual or in-person therapy be better? What about options like inpatient treatment, partial hospitalization or outpatient treatment – how do you determine which one you need?
Because each individual’s addiction story is going to be different from the next person’s, it’s important for the success of the recovery journey to ensure that the treatment center is the right fit. For this reason, asking the right questions, interviewing each potential drug rehab center, so to speak, is one of the best ways to find the right fit for you.
Do your goals line up with the drug rehab provider?
Every good treatment center should have a mission statement outlining their goals for their clients and detailing the way they go about achieving these goals. Before reaching out to a treatment center, you want to make sure that you know what goals you want to reach during treatment. This will help you eliminate a lot of treatment centers if they don’t also align with your personal goals. However, if they do, take the time to research further and take them into consideration if their methodology aligns with what you want from rehab.
What does the initial assessment entail?
It might be overwhelming to encounter a lengthy assessment, but the more the treatment center knows about you, your condition and all the elements of your story which play a role in your addiction, the better they can tailor treatment to you and help you recover entirely. So, ask about their initial assessment and make sure they’re able to get as much information about you as you can give, as difficult and vulnerable as that may be – it will help you in the long run.
What is the staff like?
You’ll want to ask questions like who is on staff? Is there a medical professional, psychiatrist, nutritionist and therapist on staff? What kind of education/credentials do these people have? What is the staff-to-client ratio and will someone be available when you need them? These questions are important because the answer will offer you a better understanding of the quality of care you’re likely to receive.
What programs do they offer and do they align with your personal beliefs?
While this definitely can take religion and spirituality into account, you can also ask about their CBT and DBT programs. Do they include group and individual therapy? Does the rehab center include activities like hiking and possibly equine therapy as a way to connect individuals with the outdoors? Does art and/or music therapy have a place in the treatment program?
While some of these factors might not matter to you, it’s still important to gather information so you have a well-rounded idea of what rehab is going to be like and don’t find yourself surprised when yoga and meditation are part of your daily routine.
Are the treatment plans personalized?
There’s no one-size-fits-all treatment plan. One person’s experience with addictive opioids might be completely different from another’s; one client might suffer from co-occurring depression and addiction, while another might experience addiction as a co-occurring symptom of anxiety. Therefore, you want to ask about personalized treatment plans in addition to holistic treatment. The physical and mental aspects of an individual are affected, and the addiction, as well as the mental illness, needs to be addressed in order to ensure complete and total healing and prevention of relapse.
What do you offer post-treatment?
Asking about post-treatment follow-ups, support groups and post-treatment plans are important as the transition period out of rehab and back into everyday life can be a challenging time. It’s therefore important to know what options for support are available to you once you’ve completed rehab, to keep your recovery on the right track.
What if I need to stay longer?
Again, everyone’s recovery story is different, and while ninety days in drug rehab might be perfectly good for some, others might feel that their recovery isn’t yet complete or they need more time. Ask the rehab center about their policy on this and their plan for those who may or may not need more time in the treatment center before leaving. Cutting your recovery short before you’re entirely ready can be very damaging to your overall health, and knowing you can stay somewhat longer can provide a deep sense of peace during your stay.
Reaching out to a drug rehab provider
While it can be very intimidating to make the jump and reach out to a treatment center, it can be one of the best things you do for yourself and your recovery. By asking the right questions to make sure the center is the right fit for you, you can take important steps in your recovery and start your journey towards freedom.
Reach out to High Focus Centers to inquire about drug and addiction rehab today at 800-877-3628.