Selecting The Right Drug Rehab For You or Your Loved One

 

Selecting the right drug rehab, including methadone treatment clinics, is a difficult job at the best of times. When confronted with all the issues standing between you and getting either yourself or your loved one on the road to recovery, it can seem almost insurmountable. However, help is available, regardless of the circumstances.

Given that you are reading this, you have obviously taken the first, and biggest, step in obtaining that assistance. Now you need to start considering the type of treatment center that will work best for the situation. 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 substance abuse program involves careful consideration of such things as the setting, length of care, philosophical approach and your or your loved one’s needs.

The following is a list of 12 questions to consider when selecting a substance abuse treatment center:

  • Does the rehab center accept your insurance? If not, will they work with you on a payment plan or find other means of support for you?
  • Is the center run by state-accredited, licensed and/or trained professionals?
  • Is the facility clean, organized and well-run?
  • Does the substance abuse 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.)?
  • Does the drug rehab program also address sexual orientation and physical disabilities as well as provide age, gender and culturally appropriate treatment services?
  • Is long-term aftercare support and/or guidance encouraged, provided and maintained after leaving the rehab?
  • Is there ongoing assessment of an individual’s treatment plan to ensure it meets changing needs?
  • Does the substance abuse program employ strategies to engage and keep individuals in longer-term treatment, increasing the likelihood of success?
  • Does the rehab offer counseling (individual or group) and other behavioral therapies to enhance the individual’s ability to function in the family/community?
  • Does the program offer medication as part of its treatment regimen, if appropriate?
  • Is there ongoing monitoring of possible relapse to help guide patients back to abstinence?
  • Are services or referrals offered to family members to ensure they understand addiction and the recovery process to help them support the recovering individual?

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