When Selecting a Treatment Program
One Size Does Not Fit All...
If you or someone you love is struggling with an addiction to alcohol or another drug, you probably already know that deciding to seek treatment is one of the first steps along the path back to recovery. But determining where to get that treatment can be just as important as opting to ask for help in the first place.
Though addictions often manifest themselves in similar manners among different people, each occurrence represents a unique set of circumstances, including (but not limited to) the age, gender, and personal history of the addicted individual; the drug to which the person was addicted; the duration and severity of the addiction; and the presence of co-occurring disorders.
Thus, finding the ideal treatment program isn’t simply a matter of finding the most successful program, but rather of locating the program that is best suited to meet your specific needs.
When reviewing drug addiction treatment programs to find the one that is best for you, asking the following questions can help you narrow the field and select the place that will provide you with the best opportunity to pursue lifelong sobriety:
- Does the drug treatment program appear to be clean, well organized, and efficiently operated (and does it offer tours to prospective clients or their family members)?
- Is the program operated by trained and licensed professionals – and has the program itself been accredited by a recognized professional organization such as The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) or Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)?
- Does the program offer services to address the full range of your needs (including help with your medical, psychological, social, vocational, and legal needs
- If you are addicted to a drug that causes painful or dangerous withdrawal symptoms, will the program be able to provide you with the medical support you need to ensure that you detox safely?
- Will the drug treatment program that you are considering provide a variety of counseling and therapeutic opportunities, including individual and group cognitive-behavioral therapy?
- Will the program provide additional services such as stress reduction techniques, yoga, acupuncture, and other structured physical activities?
- Will the program provide training in other essential areas, such as vocational instruction, relapse prevention, 12-step support, and educational guidance?
- Does the program have an ongoing assessment model in place, so that your treatment plan is continually reviewed to ensure that it is meeting your changing needs as you progress through the stages of recovery?
- Will you be provided with relapse prevention preparation and the opportunity to participate in long-term aftercare support programs (such as alumni groups)? Will you have access to program therapists or counselors if you suffer a relapse or if you experience difficulties in your transition back to your home and workplace?
- Will you be encouraged to remain in treatment for the longest possible time period, which studies have shown will significantly increase the odds that you will experience a successful recovery?
- Does the program have a family component that will enable your loved ones to gain a greater understanding of addiction and recovery – and thus become empowered to provide you with the support and assistance you will need as you pursue long-term recovery?
- Does the program offer specialized treatment tracks based upon age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, disability, or other factors?
- Will the program accept your insurance plan? If not, will program personnel work with you to work out an acceptable payment plan or help you pursue alternative means of financial support?
- Will the program allow you to talk to former clients to discuss their experiences during and after treatment?
Addiction can be one of the greatest challenges you will ever face – and overcoming this disease can be among your greatest successes. To learn more about how to find the addiction treatment program that will put you in the best position to pursue long-term sobriety and a healthier and happier life, call 866-323-5608.