Finding a rehabilitation program to begin your journey to sobriety can be a daunting task. There are some essential questions that need to be asked to find the right treatment for you. It’s important to visit multiple treatment facilities to learn about what programs may be right for you. Be sure to ask the following questions when interviewing prospective drug treatment programs. Remember not to be afraid to ask all questions – facilities are used to being asked these questions.
Does the treatment program have the appropriate state, federal, or local licenses?
You need the right kind of support during your drug rehabilitation. Be sure to ask to view the proper documentation that supports the legitimacy of the treatment program. Some people find opportunities to take advantage of people, so don’t be duped by cut-rate companies posing as legitimate programs.
What type of care do I need, and can this rehabilitation center meet those needs?
Depending on the type of drug addiction or if there are co-occurring disorders, there may be a need for different treatment options. There are a variety of rehab options for anyone’s situation. Intensive outpatient programs allow patients to stay at home but participate in intensive rehabilitation. For those who have a serious challenging time abstaining while at home, this may not be the best option. This is perfect for someone who needs support on the home front but also requires intensive therapies. Outpatient counseling can be good for some people who don’t need a lot of constant support. Some therapies may include individual, group and family. Inpatient care requires that patients stay on the premises during treatment. Support groups are great at any point during the recovery process. You can attend them during inpatient or outpatient care. Many have several steps and rules. Sober living programs are long-term residences that allow those who have completed inpatient programs, but are not ready to return home, to continue living with sober peers.
Does this treatment program provide rehabilitation for adults or teens?
Different ages require different care. Teenagers likely haven’t been using their drugs of choice very long compared to many adults. Due to a teenager’s brain chemistry, their tolerance to alcohol or drugs may have increased very quickly over a brief period. Teens may need more support for their detoxification. Teens also tend to engage in risky behavior. Compared to adults, they may feel they have less to lose. Cravings and withdrawal differ greatly for teens versus adults. Teens tend to feel fewer withdrawal symptoms and cravings.
Does the detox and rehabilitation program have certified doctors, nurses and staff?
It’s important that staff and medical professionals, like the treatment program itself, be certified by state and federal agencies. This is important for those who are medically fragile due to their addictions.
Does the rehabilitation program have the same values that I do?
For those whose religion, sexual identity or gender identification affect their sobriety, it’s crucial that it be a part of their recovery. For example, Christians, LGBTQ and women or men only groups may be good choices for some people. Does this rehabilitation center support those beliefs?
Does the rehabilitation center have a dual diagnosis program?
Common co-occurring disorders with substance abuse include: ADHD, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, depression, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, PTSD and trauma. It’s essential for co-occurring disorders to be treated together. The National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) states, “About a third of all people experiencing mental illnesses and about half of people living with severe mental illnesses also experience substance abuse. These statistics are mirrored in the substance abuse community, where about a third of all alcohol abusers and more than half of all drug abusers report experiencing a mental illness. Men are more likely to develop a co-occurring disorder than women. Other people who have a particularly high risk of dual diagnosis include individuals of lower socioeconomic status, military veterans and people with more general medical illnesses.”
What is the staff to patient ratio?
To ensure the best possible support, it’s important there are enough staff to meet the needs of their patients.
I have a family. Does your treatment center support their inclusion?
As a parent or active grandparent, it may be very important to you to have your family be a part of your treatment. It may not be feasible to be away from your children. Therefore, you need to ask how your family will be included in rehabilitation. Are children allowed on the premises? Will you be able to visit your family daily? Weekly? Many rehab centers will work with you as needed so you can continue to be a present member of your family.
Does the program provide treatment programs that will be effective and of interest to you?
There are so many different types of therapies that can be added to the rehabilitation program. These therapies can include art, music and yoga. These types of therapies are used in conjunction with traditional therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy and group therapies.
What do inpatient residences look like?
Comfort is important while in detox and recovery. Ask as many questions has you have about living arrangements. The less surprises there for you, the better. Now is the time to ask everything you want to know about the facility including if there are roommates and if you have a private restroom.
What is the average stay for an inpatient program?
Time can be important, especially if you are working. However, you don’t want to lose out an effective recovery program because you feel rushed to leave. Ask how long the average patient stays and how long the program prefers patients to stay.
I have another medical condition. Will get help with health care?
Some diseases and substance abuse can be connected. HIV, hepatitis and tuberculosis can require constant medical treatment during recovery. If you have another medical condition as simple as allergies, make sure you are going to be safe in the treatment environment.
Who will be helping me plan my recovery?
Case workers can be helpful in the recovery process. Case workers should be able to help you plan and anticipate your needs throughout treatment. You will be too busy focusing on sobriety and therapy to worry about aftercare, insurance payments and the in’s and outs of getting family involved in your recovery.
How does payment work? Does this rehabilitation center take my insurance?
Although it should hopefully be the last thing on your mind, money does matter. Be sure to check that the rehabilitation center accepts your insurance. Also, be sure to check with your insurance provider to make sure they will cover your drug treatment. Many rehab centers can work out payment plans with you.
Are nutrition and life skills a part of the program?
A good rehabilitation program is a holistic one. It should focus on habits that encourage overall well-being and life skills that support patients in aftercare and beyond. This includes eating right, exercise and work skills. These types of supports can make treatment more enjoyable while giving you the skills you need to lead a healthy life.
Rehabilitation is a big, courageous step. It’s important to find the right program for you. Don’t be afraid to ask any and all questions before you commit to a drug and alcohol detox or rehab program. The right program for you exists, it’s just a matter of asking the right questions.