Find the Right Treatment Center
Choosing the best rehabilitation facility can be a daunting experience. Regardless of the type of substance addiction, there is a myriad of services and programs available. It can seem overwhelming to try to sort through them all by yourself, even if you have some knowledge and experience in the treatment industry. There are several factors to take into consideration when searching for a rehab facility either for yourself or for a loved one. Finding the best fit will greatly increase the chances of a successful, lasting recovery free from the bonds of addiction. It is crucial to find a treatment program that takes a customized approach to their patients and one that offers options that will address your individual needs and situation.
One of the best, proven strategies in the recovery industry is practiced by rehab centers who use a process that utilizes step-down levels of care during the treatment process. This works very similarly to the process in the hospital industry. For example, if someone is involved in a serious car accident, the first thing the hospital does is triage in the ER (emergency room) to stop immediate or life-threatening conditions. Then, once the patient is stabilized, they are transferred into the ICU (intensive care unit) where they are very closely monitored. When the patient improves further they get transferred to the DOU (definitive observation unit) with less frequent observations. Finally, when the patient is mostly recovered, they can be discharged. Afterwards, some outpatient care might occur where the patient returns to the hospital or clinic periodically for things like physical therapy, until the client is fully recovered.
Before treatment begins, patients may require detoxification, commonly called detox, to purge their bodies of drug-related toxins. Not everyone needs detox prior to entering a drug or alcohol treatment facility. It depends upon what substances the person is addicted to, the quantity of their consumption of those substances, as well as the length of abuse of those substances. However, there’s a lot of confusion in society today about the precise nature of detox. Detox alone is not treatment! It is critical, in most cases of drug or alcohol addiction, to undergo medically supervised detox to prevent complications, serious health risks, or even death from possible withdrawal symptoms. The mental aspects of addiction must still be addressed afterward.
But detox does not address any long-term psychological or physical effects of addiction and it does not teach the patient how to deal with their addiction and recovery by avoiding and controlling the triggers that contributed to their addiction. Virtually all residential or inpatient type of treatment facilities can refer clients to a qualified medically supervised detox facility, if they do not offer those services themselves. After detox, a large majority of patients enter a rehab facility. It cannot be stressed enough, that detox alone is not a substitute for rehab.
Inpatient versus Outpatient
When seeking treatment for alcohol or drug addiction, one of the first questions that needs to be answered is whether to receive care at an inpatient residential type of facility or through an outpatient treatment center.
While it is possible for some people to achieve their recovery goals in a shorter program, generally the longer they stay in treatment, the more effective the treatment will be and the more successful they will be in their recovery.
Outpatient Treatment Services
People who choose outpatient treatment will attend regular treatment and therapy sessions at an outpatient facility and return to their place of residence afterward. Outpatient treatment occurs in health clinics, medical offices or inpatient facilities that offer additional outpatient services. This form of treatment is typically intended for patients who have significant responsibilities that prevent them from attending an inpatient residential program or for those who are facing less severe addiction or drug abuse. The meetings are set up as prearranged appointments that are held at regular intervals, usually daily, and can last from between a few hours to most of the day. Treatment methods can include individual or group counseling, educational classes, behavior therapy and many others. After treatment, patients will be able to return home each night, but won’t have the support and care of professionals to keep them on track and closely monitor their progress. People undergoing outpatient treatment must be highly motivated with ample amounts of self-control. Outpatient treatment offers much more flexibility in terms of when they receive treatment. Be that as it may, many patients will benefit more from the rigid structure of an inpatient facility.
Residential Inpatient Treatment
On the other hand, inpatient services offer comfortable accommodations and round-the-clock care for the duration of the treatment program. Most inpatient facilities also offer a variety of program lengths, typically 28 days, 60 days or 90 days. The structure, supervision and 24 hour support of residential inpatient treatment facilities has repeatedly been proven to be the most effective method for treating addiction. Patients will remain either in hospital inpatient care or at residential facilities during the entire length of their treatment program. This allows the patients to focus completely on their rehabilitation and recovery while simultaneously taking away many of the stressors and triggers in life that cause them to use drugs or alcohol in the first place. Many inpatient facilities are also able to offer extensive detox programs that outpatient facilities typically lack. As medical personnel observe and examine each patient during rehabilitation, it is also much more likely that any co-occurring mental disorders such as depression or bi-polar disorder will be discovered and treated as well. When underlying or co-occurring psychological problems are not addressed, the likelihood of relapse increases significantly.
Residential facilities come in many types and offer a wide range of specialized and customized treatment options that can be tailored to serve the individual needs of each patient. There are some programs that are gender-specific which removes the challenges each gender faces in a co-ed environment by eliminating a lot of the sexual tension that might arise when opposite sexes are co-mingled within the same living quarters which interferes with the treatment process. Teen rehab programs specialize in techniques and treatments that are aimed at the unique situations that surround drug abuse among minors. Some treatment programs have a religious emphasis, while others might be tailored for business executives or even celebrities. It is important to carefully consider the type of environment that will be most comfortable for you, as this will lead to a much greater chance of success.
It is important to differentiate between the insurance definition of residential care as it applies to the rehab industry versus treatment centers that use residential type of facilities to house clients who are actually treated at another location, which typically occurs in an office type of setting. Treatment centers that use this model call (and bill) their treatment IOP (intensive outpatient).
Aftercare and Support Groups
An additional feature to consider when searching for the right rehab facility is the availability of aftercare support, as well as membership in a support group. Being able to rely on the other people who have already gone through the struggles of addiction could be the difference between a relapse and life of sobriety. A good facility will offer some form of aftercare support for their clients and will periodically check in on them to maintain that positive influence in their recovery. Partnerships with addiction support groups or 12-step programs is another valuable tool for patients coming out of rehab. These groups typically pair recovering addicts with mentors or sponsors that will help them transition from life in a rehab facility back to an ordinary life. They also guide members through the many challenging moments a life of recovery has to offer. While these programs and support groups are voluntary, participation is strongly encouraged.
Many people who complete rehab successfully often need further care as they transition back to drug-free living. Sober living homes, which are commonly ordinary residential homes, offer more freedoms and less restrictions compared to treatment centers, but there are still rules and responsibilities that must be adhered to. People who reside in sober living homes are expected to be either working or actively seeking employment daily and must be attending regular recovery meetings like AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) or NA (Narcotics Anonymous) and cannot use drugs or alcohol while living in the home.
The path to recovery must begin with a first step, so take that first step for yourself or for a loved one today. For more information about rehab facilities or treatment options, call us any time at [telephone_design_shortcode]. Our Recovery Experts are available 24/7 to answer any questions and to guide you towards picking the right rehab facility that best fits your needs.