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How to Choose the Best Drug Rehab Center

Updated on April 2, 2021
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According to addiction specialists and rehab operators, drug abuse is a phenomenon with devastating effects. The victims of drug abuse are usually jammed in a night of addiction and suffers from a wide range of psychological conditions, including stress, depression and anxiety. For the affected individuals to fight the addiction and heal from these conditions, they need to be given some good care!

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If you are suffering from substance abuse and you can’t get help from the people around you, you should consider visiting an alcohol and drug rehab center.

At the rehab center, you will go through addiction treatment programs which usually involve a lot of counseling and restorative clinical remedies. You will be imparted with important knowledge to help kill the addiction on your own.

If you are suffering from diseases, you will receive the right treatment to help improve on your health (which is good for the addiction recovery). Some rehabs may have limited treatment programs and therefore it is recommended to choose the institutions carefully.

Most alcohol and drug abuse treatment centers are not for free- they charge some bigger fees. If you don’t have someone to support you financially during the rehabilitation process, you may have to choose the free ones.

The free centers are owned by governments or NGOs and their services may not be good for every patient. If you have the financial muscles, you are best placed if you go for the private facilities which offer quality services.

If you are looking for the right drug rehabilitation center for you or your loved one, you can consider the following factors to find the best facility.

In Brief, Factors to Consider when Looking for a Good Rehab

  • Type of the alcohol and drug rehab
  • Quality/standards of the facilities
  • Type of the program offered
  • Personnel/staff

1. The Type of the Alcohol and Drug Rehab

There are two types of rehabs: inpatient and outpatient. Inpatient rehabs (also known as residential rehabs) suit people who need continuous care. Most patients who get admitted to these treatment centers are usually moderately or severely affected by substance abuse.

If your loved one is in one of the following situations, you should take him or her to a residential center.

  • He or she can’t skip a day without using alcohol or other addictive substances.
  • Has severe to fatal withdrawal symptoms.
  • He or she is unemployed or idle.

On the other hand, outpatient rehabs are for the persons who are starting to experience the devastating symptoms of substance abuse. The centers focus mainly on counseling and treating the affected persons. Most patients visit these centers 3 times a week.

2. The Quality/Standards of the Rehab Facilities

The best drug abuse treatment centers have sophisticated facilities that help with quick healing of their customers. You are more likely to find quality facilities in the modern treatment centers. The older centers have obsolete facilities, but a few have renovated or upgraded facilities.

When looking for the best center, ensure that it has the following facilities.

  • Private and semi-private rooms
  • Lodge
  • Swimming pool
  • Gym
  • Bookstore

3. The Type of Program Offered in the Rehab

There are two main types of programs offered by alcohol and drug abuse treatment centers- 12-Step program and Non 12-Step program.

In the 12-Step program (also known as AA program), alcoholism is dealt like a disease. New patients are helped by the recovering persons to change their thoughts & behaviors in order to heal from psychological conditions.

On the other side, the Non 12-Step program uses holistic approaches to treat alcoholism and other substance abuses. Unlike the 12-Step program, this program sees substance abuse as a learned behavior problem.

Each of the two programs has its advantages and disadvantages. The best rehabilitation centers offer the Non 12-Step program.

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rehabilitation center programs | Source

4. The Personnel/Staff of the Rehab

The task of dealing with drug addicts is not an easy one. It is well carried out by the most caring and friendly people. The best centers consist of clinical professionals who have specialized in different areas of substance abuse.

Looking for a rehab with the best staff? Well, check whether it has the following professionals.

  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Counselors
  • Nurses
  • Therapists
  • Acupunctures
  • Hypnotherapists

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rehab personnel | Source

Tips for Choosing the Best Drug Rehabilitation Center

  • Consider rehabs with client to staff ratio not higher than 3:1.
  • Choose centers that can accommodate patients for at least 4 weeks.
  • Institutions that offer additional services, such as detoxification and aftercare, are the best.
  • Go for centers that accept insurance if you have a medical cover.
  • Consider picking a center that is far away from home.
  • Compare price and quality to select a center that suits you.
  • Consider licensed and accredited institutions.

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That's all about choosing the best drug rehab center for you or your loved one. Don’t let the suffering and pain of substance abuse prevail in your life when you can get help from a good treatment center.

Some of the best rehabs in the world include: 12 Keys, Cottonwood de Tucson, Passages, The Cirque Lodge, The Dunes and Crossroads. Some more excellent centers include: The Kusnacht Practice (Switzerland), The Priory & Crossroads (UK), The Sanctuary Byron Bay (Australia) and The Cabin Chiang Mai (Thailand).

What do you think is the major factor to consider when choosing the best drug rehab center?

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2015 Frederick S Januaries


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