Now, more than ever the importance of seeking help for drug and alcohol dependency cannot be overstated. Addiction destroys the lives of not only those living with it but the lives of those around them. Fatalities due to overdoses are on the rise nationwide and especially in our area. Local communities have been seriously impacted by the opioid epidemic, and local officials are bracing themselves for an increase in overdose deaths in 2017. If you are living with addiction, it’s time to make the choice to get clean.
Once you make that choice, the next step is deciding which rehab center is best for you. When looking at treatment options there is much to consider. Do you go with an outpatient or inpatient rehab center? What kind of program is best? Will there be help for you once the program is complete? We’ll take a look at these questions and more to help you determine which rehab center is best for you or the one you love.
What Services Are Offered?
When researching rehab facilities, take a look at the services they offer and find out if your needs will be met. Do they offer detoxification? How do they handle withdrawal? Make sure that the detox process is medically supervised and that there is care available 24 hours a day. Also, look into what types of addiction are treated. If you’re addicted to methamphetamines make sure that this is something that they are familiar with and handle.
Do They Offer Inpatient Programs, Outpatient Programs Or Both?
Inpatient rehabilitation is a more intensive and immersive program than outpatient treatment. During your treatment, you will reside at the facility for about a month. During this time you will receive counseling and participate in different types of therapy. You will have 24 hours per day care and supervision and have the opportunity to associate with others who are on the same journey. Studies have shown that those who choose an inpatient rehab center have a reduced risk of relapse.
Outpatient care involves meeting with a counselor or group for daily treatment. You will most likely be responsible for your own transportation. While being the most flexible type of treatment, one major downside to an outpatient program is the lack of support and supervised care. You are able to return home each day, but there is a greater risk of relapse associated with solely outpatient care. Some recovering addicts choose to continue their treatment after an inpatient program by following up with an outpatient program.
- Benefits of inpatient care:
- An immersive environment with round the clock care and supervision.
- Higher success rate, according to numerous studies.
- Different types of skills training and education are often provided.
- Negatives of inpatient care:
- Requires you to live at the treatment facility for a period of time.
- Benefits of outpatient care:
- Allows you to stay at home and continue work or school as normal.
- Negatives of outpatient care:
- Higher risk of relapse within the first 30 days of treatment.
Are There Programs For Your Family?
While treatment for the addict is first and foremost, family and close friends are often greatly affected by drug addiction as well. Finding a rehab center that offers some type of counseling for your loved ones can help to enhance the recovery of the addict themselves. Family members or close friends can suffer from a number of issues including denial, guilt, anxiety, or depression. Therapy, counseling, and education for families can also help them to better understand addiction as a disease, and how they can help their loved one in the future.
What Is Their Treatment Philosophy?
Do they follow a 12 step method, or do they rely on legal drugs such as methadone or Suboxone to simply reduce the harm of illegal drugs? Is the goal of the program sobriety or just to cover up the effects of whatever drugs have been used? A program that follows a 12 step philosophy not only helps a patient to stop using drugs, but helps them to look within themselves and enables them to help others as well. Check to make sure that the counselors are certified and see if they are in recovery themselves. While not a requirement, having a counselor who has personal experience with addiction allows for a deeper level of empathy and understanding. Also make sure that they offer both individual counseling and group counseling. Both have benefits and should be used in conjunction of one another for maximum effectiveness. Group therapy allows a patient to hear the stories of others and allows them to relate to others that are also in treatment, while individual therapy allows them to build a relationship with their counselor and discuss issues that they may not feel comfortable sharing with multiple people.
Do They Offer Aftercare?
After treatment is complete, what happens next? A quality rehab center won’t just send a patient off into the world and hope for the best. Look for a place that helps with planning for discharge and beyond. Whether that be follow-up with an outpatient program or extended care options, including Partial Hospitalization Programs or Halfway Homes. Additionally, see if they will help to find AA or NA meetings that you can attend after treatment and if they will direct your family members to local Al-Anon meetings.
Contact Clearbrook Today
The first step toward sobriety is admitting that you have a problem. After that, attending a rehab center will ideally follow immediately. There are hundreds of people that lose their lives each day because they decided to get high one last time. Please don’t let that happen to you. There is no safe drug, and no safe amount that you can take, no matter how often you’ve used in the past.
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, seek help now before it’s too late. For more than 40 years, Clearbrook Treatment Centers has been providing effective drug and alcohol treatment to the chemically dependent person. Please contact our Admissions Specialists today and see what recovery has to offer.