Choosing to go to rehab voluntarily to free yourself from the burden of drug addiction is a noble and mature pursuit. A rehab center is filled with trained professionals who are ready to guide you every step of the way for a new, sober you. Not all rehab centers are created equally, however. Some take a more militant approach and are extremely structured and disciplined, while others take an empathetic and somewhat hands-off approach with the aim of having the addicted person find their own way to sobriety. While personal recommendations are a great starting point, you’ll need to narrow down your choices to a select few before settling on what center you’ll choose.
In the United States, there are over fourteen thousand different rehabilitation centers, and no two are exactly alike. While some may take pages from the same book, how doctors and staff interpret those pages varies from establishment to establishment. Choosing the right rehab center is as important as deciding to enter rehab in the first place.
These are some things you need to think of when trying to find the right place for you to detox:
Figure Out What You Want From Treatment
What an individual center chooses to focus on in the recovery process is typically one of the biggest differentiators in different centers. Some focus on helping patients have an entirely new routine and lifestyle free of drugs, while some just try to cut out specific drug-seeking behaviors or diagnose underlying mental illnesses.
By asking yourself what your intended goals are for rehab, you’ll be better able to decipher what kind of center is best for you. Different rehabilitation centers will keep you admitted for varying amounts of time as well.
Research Your Options
Any rehab center worth its salt will have all of their information out in the open for anyone to access. Most have a website that has all of the relevant information for any would-be patient. Things like the doctor on site, what will be done during the patient’s stay, and of course price, will all be explained. If you expect to find success with a particular program, you should walk into the facility knowing precisely what to expect, and be 100% prepared to engage and participate in treatment. If you don’t agree with the methods used by a particular facility, you aren’t going to get your money’s worth from treatment.
Look at Pictures of the Facility
If it’s an inpatient rehab center, you’re going to be living on-site for the duration of your treatment. While you shouldn’t think of a rehab center as a hotel, you shouldn’t be staying at a prison camp either. Ask for a brochure, and do some Google searches about the facility in
question to see where you’ll be staying, and if it looks professional enough to serve your needs. Rehab centers aren’t free. You should be going to a place that cares about your recovery and cares about having a place conducive to helping.
Congratulations on choosing to enter rehab. Now comes the time to find a center that suits you, as a person, and your specific issues. With some research and a little picking of your brain, you’ll be able to find the right center for you in no time.