As the taboo of addiction has slowly started to wither away and society has come to accept that addiction to drugs or alcohol is a mental illness, a beautiful thing has happened in tandem. A massive groundswell of options to get treatment for that illness, known as a substance use disorder, have popped up.
That’s all well and good, fantastic in fact, but with so many addiction resources available and so many more becoming available, how do you find the right one for you?
It’s honestly something you may not have put a lot of thought into. And that’s fair enough. If you’re worried about a loved one and their substance abuse, it’s hard to think too far outside of each moment and get into a deep planning phase for treatment.
With so many options out there, you need a way to sift through the noise and find something truly viable.
Tips for Finding a Rehab
There are a lot of things to look for when searching for a rehab facility that ticks all the boxes for you or a loved one, but you can start with these.
Get a Medical Assessment and/or Talk to a Treatment Specialist
Residential inpatient treatment is a very thorough form of rehab but it’s not necessarily what everyone needs. To figure out what type of treatment is best suited for your particular addiction, talking to a treatment specialist can be a gamechanger. They can point you in the right direction and help match you with a facility that is in line with your goals. Additionally, a medical evaluation can help you determine the severity of your addiction and paint a clearer picture of which options could benefit you the most.
Research the Programs
Even if you’re working with a specialist who can help you navigate these waters, you need to be asking your own questions and doing research as well. Look into the programs that are offered at a given center. Many rehabs, for example, are specialized in a certain type of addiction. Others are gender-specific. Some may incorporate medications that might give you pause while others might be more centered on alternative therapies.
There’s a lot to learn and all of it is important in landing in a good spot.
Proven Record of Success, Accreditation & Quality, Licensed Personnel
Not every place that has been around for decades is incredible but, logically speaking, if a treatment center has been around for a long time, they’re probably doing something right. In other words, it should raise some red flags if a place just opened shop last week.
Any reputable rehab will have their history, certifications and accreditation on their website as well as their staff’s qualifications and backgrounds.
Don’t Be Blinded by Luxury
Luxury is a big selling point for treatment centers and being comfortable in your surroundings certainly allows you to focus all your attention squarely on recovery, however, luxury doesn’t automatically equal quality treatment.
First and foremost, make sure you choose a rehab center because of the care you or a loved one is getting.
Useful Addiction Resources
On top of rehab, there are other valuable resources to consider:
Unfortunately, it’s not always the case that someone just gets up and decides to go to rehab one day without issue. Often someone suffering from addiction can’t see the damage they’re doing to themselves or their friends and families. In those cases, an intervention might be the best way to turn a mirror on their behavior and get them to finally accept help.
12 Step Groups
Recovery from a substance abuse disorder is a lifelong journey and part of the process for many people is to participate in support groups that incorporate the 12-step program. The most commonly known of these groups are Alcoholics Anonymous, which developed the 12-step program, and Narcotics Anonymous. Another option, not related to the 12-steps, is SMART Recovery.
Both individual and group counseling are major components of most rehabs but it’s not something you have to stop once you complete treatment. There are distinct benefits to carrying on with counseling as long as you feel you need it.
Reach Out to Footprints of Serenity Today
At Footprints of Serenity, we know it’s not the easiest thing to find the perfect rehab but we have over 20 years of experience helping people find recovery and intervention services. If you’re having difficulty, reach out to us and let’s find the care you’re looking for, together.