You want to quit and start living a new life. You know that a rehab program is the most likely path that you should take on the road to full and effective recovery, but what kind of program or facility best suits you?
Caters to Your Specific Needs
Is your addiction life threatening or severely debilitating? Is it a risk to the safety of other people around you? If your answers to both are no, you probably can benefit from individual treatment with a therapist who specializes in addiction treatment interventions and has had experience with mental health.
If you answer yes to both, you may need to check yourself into a facility, especially if you’ve already tried the outpatient option and have found it ineffective. Or you can do a partial hospitalization.
Also, not all persons with addiction problems are the same. Some have underlying health issues or disorders that would require a different approach than the usual ones. Treatment should not be a one-size-fits-all solution as not every case is the same, and you have your own preferences, too.
For example, you may find a 28-day program not as helpful as it’s not enough time to undo a long period of struggle with a specific addiction. Or you may find group sessions alienating and prefer a one-on-one approach. You may also have a reaction to medications used to treat drug addiction or that you wish not to be heavily medicated during your rehabilitation. Or perhaps there’s an underlying or co-morbid mental health issue that also needs to be addressed in order to effectively put a stop to the compulsive loop.
Has a Good Track Record
Check feedback of a certain facility, therapist, or program. How many have find any of them helpful? Which one appears to have the higher success rate? Has there been complication with the kind of treatment they administer to their patients? Has the rehabilitation been lasting? There should be data on this that you can check and compare.
Provides Aftercare Services
It’s one thing to beat the habit, and another to keep it at arm’s length. What happens after rehab is also as important as what occurs during treatment. Without proper aftercare, months or years of effort will be undone within weeks, resulting in another round of self-destruction, wasted resources, and a lot of frustration from the relapse.
Check whether the facility, program, or mental health professional includes aftercare in their services. Is there a clear and progressive aftercare program? Does it involve other professionals, services, and even groups?
Licensed and Accredited
Just in 2013, author Anne Fletcher revealed that in many states in America, addiction counselors don’t need to be college graduates in order to practice in such a capacity. Also, some of them lack training.
Knowing this, you should ensure that the therapist or rehab center you engage is duly licensed and accredited in addiction treatment. The counselor must have gone through proper training and have a solid experience in addiction interventions and mental health.