Top Questions to Ask a Rehab Facility
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.