choosing-a-drug-treatment-center2Your recovery is very important, which is why it’s so important that you choose the right rehab.  The right program will make it much more likely that you complete the program successfully, leave the program clean and sober, and maintain your recovery after you return to your life.

If you’ve made the decision to find a treatment center for a drug or alcohol addiction, you’ve taken a tough and important step. Selecting a residential or non-residential treatment center with programs that cater to your specific needs will give you the resources and support to follow through on your commitment to treat drug or alcohol addiction. Ultimately, the question isn’t “What’s the best rehab?” but rather, “What’s the best rehab for me?”

Working with an Interventionist , our goal is to help families make that decision and knowing how to navigate the system of care.

Working with a qualified clinician can help by:

  • understanding from assessment the type of drug use being treated
  • family issues to consider
  • withdrawal management issues to be considered
  • will a social model help or not?

There are lots of different treatment options, but how do you find the best alcohol or drug treatment center for you? Here are some key things to consider.

They differ by where care is given, how long treatment lasts, and how intensive and structured the program is. The health care provider ( Interventionist )  who assesses your condition can help you choose the treatment setting that will meet your needs and when appropriate family members needs.

Quality Care

  • Care is overseen by one or more physicians with specialized training and experience in treating substance use disorders.
  • A range of effective treatments are available, not just one.
  • There are plenty of effective treatment sessions offered for at least three hours each week.
  • An addiction medicine physician or addiction psychiatrist is on staff full time.
  • Treatment is available for other medical conditions you may have.
  • Continuing care and support after treatment are provided.
  • Patients are not automatically kicked out of the program if they relapse.
  • The program is licensed or accredited.

Differences in types of Treatment

  • Outpatient treatment. Patients live at home and go to a clinic or facility regularly for sessions with addiction treatment professionals.
  • Inpatient treatment. Patients stay in a hospital and receive intensive and highly structured care for addiction and other severe medical problems.
  • Residential treatment. Patients stay in a nonhospital setting and receive intensive and highly structured care for addiction and other medical problems.
  • Recovery housing. Patients live in supervised, temporary housing and can participate in treatment programs
  • Patient and family expectationsUnderstand your rights and responsibilities and what will be expected of you and your family during treatment. Ask:
    • What will I have to do during treatment ?
    • What can and should my family do while I’m in treatment
  • Many people choose drug or alcohol addiction treatment centers that are in another part of the country. One of the benefits of traveling for treatment is that you can distance yourself from the situations that supported your addiction in the past. The drawback is that you’ll have to make plans to have ongoing counseling support in your hometown after your addiction treatment has ended unless you decide to move closer to the treatment center.
  • Questions to Ask About Addiction Treatment CentersUse the following questions as a checklist to help you evaluate your options and compare the services of treatment centers you’re considering:
    1. What’s the goal of your drug addiction treatment program?
    2. Which licenses and certifications do your treatment center and staff have?
    3. Is there a waiting list to enter and, if so, how long is the wait?
    4. If your program is residential, how long do you recommend that I stay?
    5. Will family and friends be able to contact or visit me while I’m in the residential program? Will they be asked to participate in any counselling with me?
    6. How will I be billed for your program? Do you take insurance? Is financing available?
    7. What services are included in your fees?
    8. Which medical services are available if I need them; for example, do you provide supervised detoxification or assistance with pain management?
    9. What activities will I be required to participate in while in the program: individual counselling, group counselling, 12-step programs
    10. Are extra services or activities available through the program, such as massage therapy or fitness programs?
    11. Do you have staff members who have experience dealing with my specific addiction(s)?
    12. What will you do to prepare me for my return to the real world?
    13. Will you work with me on a discharge plan? If I don’t live close to the treatment center, will you help me find resources for continuing care in my own community?
    14. Do you provide follow-up care after I’m discharged and, if so, for how long?


  • Consult with a Treatment Professional ( Interventionist – Case manager)

    The best way to find out what your treatment options are, and to find a facility that most closely matches your rehab goals, is to consult with a treatment professional. The sheer number of options available make it difficult to eliminate through poor fits. Also, treatment professionals are very familiar with many aspects of rehab that you are likely not aware, nor ever would have thought of. They also know facilities very well and can provide invaluable information. These dedicated individuals will help connect you with the right treatment for you. If you would like to connect with a treatment professional to help get your life back on track.

img_8846Linda CEO

Addiction Services On Demand

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