Assess Whether Or Not A Rehab Sounds Right For You or Your Loved One: 12 Questions To Ask

If you or someone you care for is dependent on alcohol or drugs and needs treatment,
it is important to know that no single treatment approach is appropriate for
all individuals. Finding the right treatment program involves careful consideration
of such things as the setting, length of care, philosophical approach and your
or your loved one’s needs.

Here are 12 questions to consider when selecting a treatment program:

  1. Does the drug rehab accept your insurance? If not, will they work with
    you on a payment plan or find other means of support for you?

  2. Is the drug rehab run by state-accredited, licensed and/or trained professionals?
  3. Is the drug rehab clean, organized and well-run?
  4. Does the drug rehab program encompass the full range of needs of the individual
    (medical: including infectious diseases; psychological: including co-occurring
    mental illness; social; vocational; legal; etc.)?

  5. Does the drug rehab program also address sexual orientation and physical
    disabilities as well as provide age, gender and culturally appropriate treatment

  6. Is long-term aftercare support and/or guidance encouraged, provided and
    maintained after leaving the drug rehab?

  7. Is there ongoing assessment of an individual’s treatment plan to ensure
    it meets changing needs?

  8. Does the drug rehab employ strategies to engage and keep individuals in
    longer-term treatment, increasing the likelihood of success?

  9. Does the drug rehab offer counseling (individual or group) and other behavioral
    therapies to enhance the individual’s ability to function in the family/community?

  10. Does the drug rehab program offer medication as part of the treatment regimen,
    if appropriate?

  11. Is there ongoing monitoring of possible relapse to help guide patients
    back to abstinence?

  12. Are services or referrals offered to family members to ensure they understand
    addiction and the recovery process to help them support the recovering individual?

Outpatient Drug Rehab

An outpatient drug rehab is a program designed to provide long-term abstinence from drugs and alcohol. Outpatient drug rehab programs use a broad verity of techniques. These techniques include a wide range of approaches including problem-solving groups, specialized therapies such as insight-oriented psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and 12-step programs. Similar to other drug rehabs, the individual may stay in the program for several months or longer. Those who attend an outpatient drug rehab do not live at the drug rehab as they would an inpatient drug rehab.

Outpatient drug rehab programs vary in the types and intensity of services offered. Low-intensity outpatient drug rehab programs may offer little more than drug education and counsel. Other outpatient drug rehab models, such as intensive day treatment, can be comparable to residential programs in services and effectiveness, depending on the individual’s characteristics and needs. All in all, the ultimate goal of an outpatient drug rehab is to help the individual recover from drug addiction so that they may re-enter society and lead responsible, successful drug and alcohol free lives.

Residential Treatment Programs

Residential treatment centers provide a multidisciplinary approach to facilitate recovery from addiction. Comprehensive chemical dependency treatment services offer a structured therapeutic environment that begins with the withdrawal/detoxification process and extends through aftercare planning following residential treatment.

Services often include both individual and group counseling, structured physical activities, nutritional counseling, stress reduction, holistic approaches such as yoga, acupuncture and neurofeedback, vocational training, relapse prevention support, social skills training, educational services and 12-step substance abuse programs.

It is important that facilities are licensed by the state in which they are located and accredited by a health care accrediting body such as JCAHO or CARF.