Top Questions to Ask a Rehab Facility

Friday, Sep. 26th 2014

Answers You Should Know before Entering Drug Treatment
When it comes to available rehab programs to choose from, there is no shortage of options. Every program offers a different path to recovery, provides different therapeutic methods and is based on a different philosophy of care. When it comes to long-term success in recovery, finding the right one that matches with your needs or the needs of your loved ones is crucial.
Before you settle on just any location, remember that the type of treatment that you seek out makes a large difference. That is why it is recommended that you ask the following questions before enrolling into any potential rehabilitation facility.

What is the Scientific Evidence?

Every program has a treatment protocol, but you want to know whether this is actually proven successful or not. While there are a large number of therapeutic treatments available, not all of them are backed by scientific evidence and research. Before you enter into any rehabilitation facility, you want to make sure that the treatment and therapies at your rehab of choice match with your beliefs and have evidence that supports its effectiveness.

Is It Possible to Personalize the Treatment Program?

Many programs use the same type of treatment for all patients. This means that there is a specific set of treatment options and only one schedule of therapy. People start to use drugs or alcohol for very different reasons and have different experiences in active addiction. This means that it is impossible to treat everyone the same. The rehabilitation program is unlikely to be effective unless the program specifically addresses that patient’s personal challenges.

Can the Treatment Plan be Updated as Needed?

Again, everyone is different. This means that some people are going to respond to treatment right away while others may need (far) more time than initially expected. In order for treatment to be effective, it is important that there is a personal therapist and/or therapeutic team that the patient can regularly check in with. This can help determine whether the patient is progressing accordingly and whether adjustments to the treatment plan are necessary.

How Long are Patients in Recovery?

If a patient is in recovery long (and remains actively engaged throughout the process), he or she will be much better equipped to deal with any possible setback or temptations after they leave the facility. Some programs only have a 30-day or less policy. Unfortunately, inpatient treatment of 90 days or more has proven to be far more successful. It is simple logic really, if you want to get good at something, you need practice. This is what people are able to do in drug treatment.

Traditional, Alternative or Both?

There has been a gradual shift in drug treatment in the last few years. The better programs will offer a combination of traditional therapy options (such as personal therapy) and holistic/alternative treatments (meditation, yoga, acupuncture and more). This helps get the patient a personalized treatment plan that is unique to them.

While the number of questions and information you have to process may seem overwhelming at first, remember that this is not a simple choice. Being adequately prepared and making the right choice for rehab is an important step in your rehab success.

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Posted by Drug Rehab Counselor | in Uncategorized | 3 Comments »

3 Comments on “Top Questions to Ask a Rehab Facility

  1. Juliette D. Says:

    Just some food for thought since we’ve experienced this for my teenage son who was on meth… We asked right away for their post-rehab support… Especially because we lived in Iowa & the rehab we sent him to was in Oregon… Not that we don’t have rehabs in Iowa, we just found the best one that far, yes… But thankfully, they offered post-rehab programs that was started right on while Ethan was still inside the facility… There’s a twice-a-week Skype meet with his counselor, and a monthly meet-up with recoverees from nearby… It has helped him a lot, esp. because he said “only an addict understands…” so we gave it to him. Yes it’s been very expensive, and Ethan still lives with us… But after 7 months since he was out, we can safely & happily say, he’s stayed strong, sober & positive about his life outside of rehab! That’s why it’s very important to KNOW the post-rehab support, programs, offers that an addiction care facility would offer.

  2. UrbanDarkKnight Says:

    great thing working here!!!

    ive been to 2 rehabs, that dont make me an expert, i say. but i can compare? yes because the first one was a private center mostly teaching us bible verses, making us feel so guilty, etc. i relapsed after two weeks out of that one.

    the second was none 12 steps drug rehabilitation – it was awesome. it was the best thing a willful, recovering addict could wish for. it covers all aspects, from detox, intervention, therapies, group counseling/therapy, post rehab programs, etc.

    if you’re reading this with the need to KNOW what is the best type of program, believe me, only none 12 steps work!!! been clean now for over two years!!!

  3. Michael Says:

    Thanks a lot for sharing this. We have been planning to take our son to a rehabilitation centre. He is very much addicted to smoking and one of my friends told that a smoking cessation therapy could be effective for this. He also suggested a rehabilitation centre at Toronto, Trafalgar Residence. So we are considering them, but thanks for sharing this blog on how to find a rehabilitation centre of our choice.

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