Drug addiction is also known as substance dependence. It is a condition where one feels a very strong push, urge or need to take a certain drug. It is now classified as a mental disorder, and its treatment is approached in the same way.
As a person grappling with drug addiction or having a loved one who is struggling with addiction, your first recourse is to find help. There are many drug rehab centers, but the question is, which one is the best for you or your loved one?
One thing to note is that there is no single solution that is tailor-made to fit everyone. It is also important to note that there are no guarantees that the treatment will work. On a side-note, it is imperative to know that you need help, whether in-patient or out-patient treatment.
This checklist will go a long way in helping you choose a drug rehab center that will cater to your needs as a patient or close family and friend of a patient.
1. Proper assessment by a physician or mental health professional
Before checking yourself or your loved one into a drug rehab center, get a certified health professional’s assessment. Be sure to explore all options before settling on an inpatient or residential facility. Some cases may just require an outpatient program.
2. Luxury may not necessarily mean quality
The cost of staying in rehab centers vary from affordable to posh and costly set-ups. The cost of the rehab centers may be advised by location, extra amenities as well as personalized staff attention. This, however, may not point to a higher or lower success rate. Let your choice be driven by whether the facility will cater to your needs. It would be a tragedy to be ripped off in your quest for help.
3. Seek recommendations
Ask the right people, the right questions. Plug into a recovery community, and find out about their experiences in the rehab centers you may be interested in. Important questions to ask include, does the center have a good reputation? Does your source know anyone who had a bad experience in the center? And so on.
4. Find out what treatment options are available.
If you are battling an opioid addiction and would prefer to use prescription medication in your rehabilitation, find out if the rehab center uses this approach. If you would prefer the abstinence model, then make sure your choice of rehab center uses this treatment approach.
5. Longevity of the rehab center
Find out how long the rehab center has been in operation. Some rehab centers that have not been in the business for at least five years may not have the experience you need. Some of these newer rehab centers may also be preying on the high demand for such services. Better safe, than sorry.
All in all, taking a step to seek treatment is the first step towards recovery. Stay positive and take this journey, one day at a time.
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