What to Look for in an Addiction Treatment Center




Addiction treatment is an extremely individualized process—just as the actual treatment will look different for everyone, so will the physical treatment center. While choosing the perfect treatment center may be a tough decision in and of itself, thankfully there are nearly 15,000 facilities just within the United States to choose from. Choosing the right rehabilitation center for you is important; it can determine whether treatment is completed successfully and whether sobriety is maintained after discharge. 

The number of choices of treatment centers can be overwhelming, but the more familiar the individual is with their respective substance use disorder, the easier it is to narrow down these choices. Factors such as the level of care needed, cost of rehabilitation, if medical intervention is needed and even the location of the treatment facility can help single out certain centers that would work best.

The perfect facility for you is out there, just make sure you know what to look for in an ideal treatment center. 

Deciding on a Treatment 

Depending on the severity and content of the substance use disorder, the level of treatment can look very different for each individual. Some important factors pertaining to the actual treatment are whether the individual wants an inpatient or outpatient approach, if the individual has a dual diagnosis or need for a specialty treatment and what kinds of therapies the individual feels like they want or need. Once the type of treatment is determined, it becomes easy to begin narrowing down rehabilitation centers to choose from.

One of the primary decisions to make in narrowing down treatment centers is whether the individual needs an inpatient or outpatient program. Inpatient programs require the individual to stay at the facility full time while receiving any kind of treatment, whereas outpatient programs allow the individual to live at home while attending treatment sessions during the day. Inpatient programs are usually more necessary for those with severe addiction and need for withdrawal supervision—while inpatient programs have a higher success rate than outpatient programs, they are often more expensive and disruptive to the individual’s outside life. Outpatient programs allow for freedom of movement and work best for those who already live in a stable, trigger-free environment. 

Additionally, treatment centers often specialize in different types of addiction. Some centers focus on alcohol addiction, some focus on drug addiction and some focus on mental health along with addiction. If you are in need of dual diagnosis treatment, look for treatment centers that have relative success in treating both mental health and addiction. In general, it is best to prioritize treatment facilities that are known to offer the best programs for your specific addiction.

A variety of treatments and therapies are likely available at nearly every facility, but singling out which treatments and therapies are most important can also help to narrow down choices. If you are in need of a medical detox to aid with withdrawal prior to therapy, look for facilities that offer detoxification services. If you would like access to alternative therapies such as music or exercise therapy, look for facilities that offer them. Most facilities will offer some form of individual or group therapy, but it is always worth it to look at their specific method for treating addiction or mental health.

Also, while doing research, make sure to verify the credentials of the staff at each program you look in to. While therapists and doctors in recovery programs should be certified, they also may specialize in different things. Finding doctors who have experience treating you or your loved ones addiction can also lead to a quicker and more successful addiction recovery. 

The Logistics of Choosing a Treatment Center

Obviously, the actual treatment received within a treatment facility is the most important part of the addiction recovery process. But, the logistics of choosing a treatment program, such as the costs, location, amenities and length of the program are also essential to choosing a rehabilitation center. 

The cost of treatment is often a barrier for those seeking recovery, as many types of addiction treatment are expensive. Cost can vary based on what type of insurance the individual has and what kinds of services the insurance plan will cover. Inpatient treatment is generally more expensive than outpatient treatment because of the live-in requirement, but it is also necessary to keep in mind that inpatient treatment is more effective in the long term than outpatient itself. 

The location of the treatment facility can also play a factor in cost. Some inpatient facilities are located in the mountains or on a beach, usually to offer a change of scenery during treatment. However, these luxury locations are more expensive than inpatient or outpatient treatment centers close to home. Also, individuals may feel they want to be close to home anyways to keep their network of family and friends close to them throughout treatment. Higher price also correlates with higher quality amenities—however, high quality amenities are not necessary for successful treatment. 

Treatment programs last on average for about 30-90 days and can sometimes last up to a year. The time spent in treatment should depend on the severity of the addiction and length of time needed to recover, but for some, longer lengths of time are too disruptive of their daily life or are too expensive. Really consider how much time you would like to spend in a facility or in a program, but also keep in mind that the longer you receive treatment, the more successful it will be in the long term. 

In general, take your time while researching programs. The decision of where to enroll should not be taken lightly, as it can determine future sobriety and how successful you or your loved one may be with mitigating addiction in the future. Look at treatment centers’ websites, contact them with questions and ask friends and family for referrals or recommendations to make sure you find the right fit.

Do you believe that you or a loved one are suffering from a substance use disorder? Talk to our experienced addiction professionals by calling: (844) 978-1524

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