The addiction epidemic continues to affect families across the country every single day. As the number of adults with substance abuse disorders in the U.S. rise, the need for treatment programs and facilities have grown significantly.
According to NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse):
In the United States, more than 14,500 specialized drug treatment facilities provide counseling, behavioral therapy, medication, case management, and other types of services to persons with substance use disorders.
With so many different treatment programs to choose from, it’s no wonder that many addicts and alcoholics have a hard time making a decision. We’ve put together some pointers to make this process easier for you. Every second in active addiction makes it more challenging to recover, so it’s best to move forward with your sobriety as soon as possible.
How to Know Which One To Choose
With so many substance abuse facilities, it can be overwhelming which is the best to choose for your specific wants and needs. There are so many details to consider what drug rehab center would best aid you in returning to a life of recovery. Here are 6 signs of a reputable drug rehab center:
- The History of the Facility – How Long Have They Been in Business? The longer a drug rehab facility has been in business, the better. Just like any other business, if they are good at what they do, they stay in business. Do some research on the rehab facility. Do they have awards and are they accredited by JCAHO (Joint Commission) or another agency? You may want to read the reviews but remember everyone’s experience is different and therefore, may not be what you might experience.
- Dual Diagnosis Treatment – The majority of substance abusers have more than one illness such as anxiety or depression and on top of that, substance abuse disorder, which, in many cases was a cause or effect. In order to really fully work towards rehabilitation, you must address both illnesses. NIDA states: “Drug addiction is a disease of the brain that frequently occurs with other mental disorders. In fact, as many as 6 in 10 people with an illicit substance use disorder also suffer from another mental illness; and rates are similar for users of licit drugs—i.e., tobacco and alcohol. For these individuals, one condition becomes more difficult to treat successfully as an additional condition is intertwined. Thus, people entering treatment either for a substance use disorder or for another mental disorder should be assessed for the co-occurrence of the other condition. Research indicates that treating both (or multiple) illnesses simultaneously in an integrated fashion is generally the best treatment approach for these patients.“
- Experienced Staff – Do the staff, doctors, and therapists have degrees? Yes. But more importantly, do they have experience? There is a difference when the staff has been where a patient has been. Recovering substance abusers can often relate to one another therefore, have a better chance at assisting with problems and solutions.
- Family Involvement – Substance abuse affects everyone; friends and family suffer from this disease as well so they will need help and support as the patient goes through treatment. Finding drug rehab facilities that have the families participate in their own treatment is imperative for lifelong recovery – for everyone.
- Sober Support Connections – You’ve heard the word “institutionalized”; it refers to an individual that has been confined to a certain space for a long period of time. This can usually become a problem once the person is out living in the “real world”. Facilities that let the patient experience the outside world and sober activities with sober supports are far more successful at navigating life once completing treatment.
- Support After Treatment – Research shows that ongoing involvement in recovery activities reduces one’s likelihood of relapse. Seek treatment facilities that offer support through continuing care and alumni groups and events.
Seeking treatment for yourself or a loved one is taxing…not only financially, but emotionally and spiritually. In the end, no matter how many awards or recommendations a drug rehab facility has, unfortunately, there is no guarantee that it will “fix” the issue. It is up to the individual and how much they want to free themselves of addiction and live a life of recovery. Recreate Life Counseling is here to help men, women, and families that are searching for a reputable and safe drug rehab center.