Thursday, March 29, 2012

Evaluating Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Programs

Making the decision to enter a substance abuse rehabilitation program is a wonderful step towards the quality of life you deserve. When an individual is ready to take the plunge, it’s important to educate oneself in regard to the available options to help make an informed choice. Some programs place an emphasis on physical addiction, while others offer a more holistic approach. There are facilities that cater specifically to adolescents, specific genders, or patients who wish to bring their family members.

Determine what you are able to afford. Contact your insurance company to see if they can help alleviate some of the financial burden. Ask for a list of local treatment centers accepting insurance. If you lack insurance or funding, get in touch with a state official to find out about state funding and programs.

Consider the addict. Younger people may do better in a treatment plan designed for adolescents; an oxycontin addict will likely achieve better success in a prescription drug treatment program. It’s important for the addict to feel comfortable with their surroundings during recovery to help ensure the best possible outcome.

Inquire about different program philosophies. Someone who is more comfortable with traditional treatments may not benefit as much from a program that focuses on massage, yoga and meditation. Educate yourself in regard to the facility’s principals and means of treatment. Determine that best type of treatment for the individual in question.

Can the facility properly address the patient’s addiction? Some patients may require detoxification from prescription medications or heroin, while others may require special attention for a methamphetamine addiction. A treatment program must specifically address each patient’s individual needs.

Each program will have it’s own set of restrictions and rules. Read up to determine whether these guidelines fit your vision of treatment. For example, some facilities will restrict family visits while others encourage them.

Finding your ideal facility may take some time, but the end results are well worth the effort. Stick to your guns and locate a place that is best able to assess and address the needs and goals of the addict to ensure a healthy, positive and educational experience.

1 comment:

  1. Trying to recover is defiantly a huge challenge, so many things to look into to. However you are right, in the end the results are more then worth it!