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Editor Dan Schimmel, LCSW, CAP
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Choosing the Right Treatment Center can be a Task

Choosing the right treatment center, regardless of the addiction you are facing, is not always an easy task. In fact, this is sure to be full of challenges.

On one side of things, you may begin to feel like you are alone and not making any progress. However, this doesn’t mean you should give up and hope to figure things out on your own.

Despite the fact that choosing the right treatment center can be a difficult task, it is no reason to avoid this altogether. Instead, you need to learn more about the many centers that are out there, while focusing on the types of rehabs including:

  • Alcohol
  • Drug
  • Dual diagnosis

Make Contact

If you find yourself in need of professional addiction treatment, the first thing you should do is make a list of the rehab centers in your area (or in other areas) that appear to suit your requirements.

Upon making contact, you will be in position to discuss the following details among many others:

  • The type of rehab that is available
  • The process for being admitted
  • What type of treatment to expect
  • Success rate
  • Cost of treatment

Along with these details, this is your chance to ask any questions that have been on your mind. Don’t shy away from opening up, as you want to be honest upfront to ensure that you are getting involved with the appropriate rehab center.

Alcohol Rehab

Many people are unaware of the fact that they need help for an addition to alcohol. These same people don’t realize this can be just as addicting as hard drugs.

If you think you have to wait to hit rock bottom before seeking professional help, you are mistaken. It would be in your best interest to reach out to an alcohol treatment facility as soon as possible.

The best alcohol rehab treatment programs focus on the following four steps:

  1. Detox
  2. Alcoholism treatment
  3. Alcohol addiction rehab
  4. Aftercare

Each one of these steps is essential to not only overcoming your current trouble with alcohol, but also ensuring that you don’t face the same issue in the future.

While there is no better feeling than leaving rehab, knowing you are ready to live your life without alcohol, relapse is a real possibility. This is why aftercare is an essential step in the process, helping you avoid trouble once again down the road.

Drug Rehab

Drug addiction is nothing to take lightly. In fact, this is a life-altering event, and one that requires your full attention before you spiral out of control.

When addicted to drugs, you are facing a nasty habit that is almost impossible to break on your own due to the chemical dependency. Fortunately, a drug rehab center can step in and help you better your life.

When choosing a drug rehab facility, it is important to focus on those that do not take the same approach with every patient.

You are your own person and you are facing your own set of circumstances. This is why you need to go through a customized treatment program.

Your drug rehab plan should combine some or all of the following treatments:

  • Detoxification to cleanse your body
  • Medical counseling
  • Psychological counseling and group therapy (you are not alone)
  • Nutrition counseling, allowing you to lead a healthier life upon rebuilding your immune system.
  • Diet planning

Of course, every rehab plan is meant to help you avoid relapse. Once you make your way through rehab and walk away drug free, the last thing you want to do is slip back into the same mindset.

Dual Diagnosis

Are you dealing with a mental illness and substance abuse at the same time? This is a difficult time in your life, but it doesn’t mean you cannot control both problems.

Many people believe that it is best to deal with one problem and then move onto another. While this is true to a certain extent, the point of dual diagnosis rehab is to address each problem, at the same time, to help the patient take back his or her life.

Each rehab center offers different dual diagnosis treatments. For this reason, it is a must to contact the facility you are interested in to discuss your situation. The most common dual diagnosis treatment include:

  • Anxiety
  • Sex addiction
  • Personality disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder

What to Look for in a Rehab Center

Regardless of the addiction, you need to find a rehab center that meets your criteria. It is easy to believe that every center is the same, however, there are details that set each one apart.

Here are several things to consider when looking for a rehab center:

  • A small number of clients, ensuring individual attention throughout the process
  • A center that does not use a cookie cutter approach, but instead customizes a rehab plan for each patient
  • The use of alternative therapies when necessary
  • A private and secure environment

There is another point that is worth noting on its own: success rate.

In other words, you want to know how much success past patients have experienced. Is there a good chance you are going to beat your addiction if you follow the treatment as outlined? Or will you come up short for one reason or the next? Obviously, the higher the success rate the more confident you will be.

Get the Help you Need

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, touching on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) National Survey on Drug Use and Health, roughly 23.5 million people needed treatment for drug and/or alcohol abuse in 2009.

As if this number is not alarming enough, only 11.2 percent of those who needed treatment actually received it at a specialty facility.

Choosing the right rehab center can be a task, but it is not an impossible feat. Don’t become part of the “89 percent” who need treatment but don’t act.

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