If you or a loved one is struggling to overcome an addiction to drugs or alcohol, you’ve probably wondered what you should be looking for in an addiction rehabilitation center. It’s easy to fall into the misguided belief that all alcohol and drug treatment programs are more or less the same, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.
While there are many rehabilitation centers that care deeply about their clients and will do everything in their power to help them succeed, there are others that are only concerned about increasing their profits.
Understanding drug addiction and the treatment process is essential, and having an expert interventionist in your corner is important when making the decision to enter treatment. Here, we’ve put together a collection of some of the most important factors to consider when choosing an addiction treatment program.
The Importance of Medically Assisted Detox
The safest and best way to quit opiates, alcohol and numerous other drugs is by starting with medically assisted detox. Going through withdrawal is an incredibly stressful and potentially life-threatening experience, depending on the substance that the person has been abusing. Medical supervision during detoxification is the only way to ensure that this stage of the recovery process is done safely.
Is the Treatment Facility Accredited?
If you want to make sure that the addict in your life is given the best chance of achieving recovery, the rehabilitation program that they choose needs to be fully licensed and accredited by state governing bodies. There is no shortage of rehab centers claiming to offer high standards of care, but the only way to know for sure, short of going through the program yourself, is by checking with an objective third party.
Treatment for Co-Occurring Mental Disorders
Another important factor to consider when choosing a rehab facility is which ones offer treatment for co-occurring mental disorders. Many addicts suffer from pre-existing psychological disorders like depression, anxiety and PTSD. If these problems are not addressed with the same intensity as the addiction itself, the odds of achieving long-term recovery are slim to none.
Many addicts are unaware that they suffer from a co-occurring mental condition. For example, a person seeking heroin addiction help may not realize that his or her problems with drug abuse stem from early childhood trauma. Left unaddressed, this underlying issue of past trauma greatly increases the risk of relapse.
This is why it is so important to meet with a professional interventionist with experience in recognizing the signs of co-occurring mental disorders before you choose an addiction treatment facility.
Experience Is Key
Different rehabilitation centers focus on different types of addiction. For example, some rehab facilities may specialize in prescription drug addiction treatment, while others only work with alcoholism or behavioral addictions. Rehab centers that specialize in specific addictions are often more effective than those that take a “jack of all trades” approach to treatment.
However, you need to keep in mind that there are unscrupulous rehab facilities that will take on clients whose addictions fall outside of their area of expertise. A professional interventionist can help you choose a rehab facility that specializes in treating your unique addiction.
Are the Treatment Methods a Good Fit?
No two rehab centers offer the exact same treatment options. Some facilities take a more traditional approach to battling addiction, utilizing treatment modalities like cognitive behavioral therapy and medication-assisted therapy. Other may specialize in a holistic approach to addiction treatment, incorporating activities such as yoga, meditation and art therapy.
There are many different ways to help drug addicts achieve sobriety. It’s not very useful to think of the different approaches to rehabilitation as being either good or bad. Rather, a treatment program should be judged based on how effective it would be for each individual. Consulting a professional interventionist is a great way to determine which treatment path is right for you or your loved one.
Does the Facility Have an Aftercare Program?
Graduating from an addiction rehabilitation program is not the end of the healing process. Without continued support, many addicts end up relapsing immediately after finishing their course of treatment.
Clients will no doubt pick up many valuable skills and tools during their time in rehabilitation, but these newly acquired skills are useless if they haven’t learned how to use them in real life situations. A robust aftercare program is the best way to make sure that you or your loved one remains dedicated to recovery, even when confronted with the stresses and triggers of day-to-day life.
Seek the Guidance of an Expert Addiction Specialist
When it comes to choosing the right rehabilitation center, there is no substitute for expert guidance and advice. A professional interventionist will have experience in dealing with many different addiction treatment centers. They will know which ones are worthwhile, and which ones are only out to make a quick buck.
At Family First Intervention, we guide all of our clients through an intervention process designed to ensure that individuals and families find the right course of treatment for their needs.
First, we meet with the addict’s family without the addict present. This initial meeting allows the interventionist to learn all of the pertinent facts about the individual’s history of addiction. Some questions we typically ask include:
- Is there a history of problems like codependency and enabling behaviors within the family?
- Does the addict’s past behavior indicate that there may be an unaddressed co-occurring mental disorder?
- Are there any other problems that the family believes might create roadblocks during the recovery process?
This meeting also allows the interventionist to formulate a plan for ongoing family case management once their loved one has entered a treatment program.
The Intervention Itself
Next, we will help stage an intervention with both the addict and the addict’s family in order to get everyone on the same page about the necessity of treatment. The intervention will also give the interventionist a better sense of the addict’s unique needs and personality, which will influence our recommendations for further treatment.
Additionally, a member of our intervention team will help the family find the addiction treatment program, or multiple programs, for that matter, that will address all of the needs of the loved one – and even family members themselves.
Take the First Step
Addiction is a deadly disease, but it is important to never lose hope. By taking the right approach to substance abuse intervention and treatment, you can help your loved one get started down the path to lifelong recovery.