When you or someone that you love is suffering from drug addiction and has considered treatment, the next step will be to choose a drug rehab center. This will be one of the most important and difficult decisions to make in your lifetime. Few of us know what to look for in a drug rehabilitation program and that not all drug rehabilitation centers are alike.
Each drug rehab has its own set of programs that you can choose from, staff qualifications, credentials, cost and effectiveness. This blog post will outline the factors that have to be considered when choosing a drug rehabilitation center.
Remember that often, an effectual drug rehabilitation center offers a variety of programs that meet inpidual needs. After all, not all those seeking treatment deal with the same degree of addiction. Programs may include inpatient programs, residential programs, outpatient, or short-stay options. The difference between a inpatient and a residential treatment center is that inpatient services are offered by a licensed hospital while residential programs usually do not meet the same rigorous standards of medical care. Outpatient programs may include either day treatment or partial hospitalization a program providing the same care as a residential treatment but utilizing more than one location for treatment. Often counseling is done during the day and therapeutic treatment done at night.
Another factor to consider is the cost of treatment. The price of treatment may depend on what services are included in the program and the services covered by your health insurance. One important thing to remember when considering the cost is, price can be meaningful only in the context of quality and performance.
It is also helpful if an on-site medical care is included in the drug rehab program. Physicians and nurses can provide round the clock monitoring in order to ensure a safe withdrawal from drugs. Furthermore, specialists in addiction medicine can oversee the progress of each inpidual and can make necessary adjustments in the treatment depending on the patient’s development.
It would also be prudent to look into the medical credentials and license obtained by the drug rehabilitation center. For example, a drug rehab center that treats chemical dependency and has earned a JCAHO (Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations) accreditation has met the national standards for providing quality medical care.
Because drug abuse does not only affect the addict but his family as well, it is essential that the family be involved in the treatment. Determine how much time is devoted to family programs and if group therapy is included.
Usually successful drug rehabilitation programs offer continuing care programs. The road to recovery is not always easy and it is important that the skills learned in the drug rehab program be integrated into daily life. A quality, continuing care program that supports and monitors recovery is advantageous.