If you or a family member suffers from a drug and alcohol addiction, a rehabilitation facility can help to treat the addiction and get you back on track. Many programs are available, and many more emerge each year as substance abuse continues to rise in most communities. Choosing the right treatment program is part of the recipe for overall recovery success.
You might not know how to tell if a facility will meet your specific recovery needs. Different programs offer different treatment models with different price points. Some programs are local, while others are national or even multinational companies. If you are wondering how to find a quality program, consider the following features.
National programs for treating addiction are available, but local live-in centers might be better suited for meeting individual needs. Local facilities are often privately operated clinics that do not have to answer to corporate guidelines, allowing for more flexibility when choosing treatment for individual patients.
Many patients find success in rehab centers that are located more rurally instead of at national outposts in major cities. The rural, small environment allows a patient to fully disconnect from the world, taking time each day to devote to mental, emotional, and spiritual healing in addition to physical treatment. Reduced stress is a key factor in addiction recovery.
With a local, small facility, you are not just a number to be pushed through the system.
Established and Consistent Care Models
When looking for a rehab center, you should consider the care model. You might ask some of the following questions when touring a potential facility:
- How are patients housed? Shared rooms might help or hurt certain patients. Isolation can be healing, but the act of sharing a room can teach recovering patients important skills that help them to reenter society with improved ability to relate with others.
- Are they allowed visitors? Some people might do better recovering away from family or friends, while others might do better with increased family support. Some places may even offer counseling to family to help them know how best to support a patient once they are released from care.
- Is there a religious element? Religion can be a powerful tool for some, but it might not be helpful for others. Religious care models may even be run by nuns or other full-time church staff.
- How do they approach addiction? Certain standards of care approach addiction as a lifelong demon, while other care models see addiction as something that can ultimately be overcome. You can choose which approach might suit you best.
You should also consider whether a home is single gender or combines gender. Generally, with recovery, patients experience increased ability and desire to connect with others, including romantically.
However, sometimes, a recovering individual is not yet ready to enter into a committed romantic relationship, especially with another recovering patient. Romance can derail an otherwise successful pathway to overcoming addiction. Addiction recovery focuses on the self, and you may need some time to learn to be in a healthy relationship again.
Some rehab locations accept court-ordered patients who come as an alternative to incarceration. The care models in these facilities might differ from the care models of those places where every patient is a voluntary participant.
Some rehab facilities are mostly medical in nature. You absolutely want to find a company that hires doctors and nurses to manage the symptoms of withdrawal and to provide round-the-clock medical support. Try to steer clear of care providers who do not provide sufficient physical care for patients, because most people need medical help to overcome addiction with success.
Superior treatment facilities, however, go beyond basic medical support and mental health counseling. They understand that addictions occur for a multitude of reasons and that to treat the addiction, the underlying forces driving the behavior should also be addressed.
Holistic healing focusing on improving the entire person. The facility might offer wellness classes, exercise equipment, healthy menus for nutritional diet plans, time set aside for meditation, and planned recreational activities that teach wholesome, drug-free enjoyment.
Quality Staff Training
Finally, you want to make sure that all the staff treating you at the facility are highly-trained and that the number of staff is sufficient to handle the patient load. Counselors should have degrees in psychology or social work, and medical staff should have graduated from accredited nursing or medical programs that allow them to accurately give medical advice.
Lower-level employees, such as recreational providers and support staff, should all pass background checks and have on-the-job training so they know how to speak with and interact with patients living in house.
For more information on what rehab facility can provide the right care for you, contact us at Pacific Ridge. We are happy to address any of your questions.