Most Important Considerations When Selecting a Drug and Alcohol Rehab

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Selecting the right drug and alcohol treatment center can be empowering, but difficult.  The difference in quality of care and therapy between treatment centers can vary greatly.  The ultimate goal is to recover your quality of life life and help you get back on the path to living a healthy, happy, and productive lifestyle. Therefore, you should choose a drug rehab center that offers everything you need to achieve this goal.

Here are the most important things to consider when choosing a drug rehab center for yourself or a loved one fighting substance abuse.

Does the Treatment Center Offer Medical Detox?

Medical detox should always be the first stage of addiction treatment, as it helps you safely withdraw from drugs and alcohol so you can overcome physical dependence on these substances. Without medical detox, your health and life could be at great risk due to withdrawal-related complications. For instance, discontinuing alcohol abruptly without medical treatment and supervision can increase the risk for seizures, organ damage, and death, according to the National Institutes on Health.

When researching your options for drug rehab centers, ask whether medical detox will be included in your treatment program and what detox protocol will be used. Many detox programs involve the use of medications that can relieve your withdrawal symptoms and reduce the risk of complications.

Inpatient Residential Rehab or Outpatient Rehab?

Most drug rehab centers offer a variety of treatment programs to accommodate patients at different stages of recovery. Inpatient residential rehab offers the highest level of care and serves patients with serious medical conditions that may require hospitalization, or those who would benefit from living at the treatment center while in recovery. Medical detox usually takes place in an inpatient residential rehab environment where patients can receive 24-hour care and supervision, though patients have the option to transition to an outpatient rehab program following detox.

If you’re able to take time off from work and make arrangements for childcare, consider inpatient residential rehab. This program separates you from distractions and stressors so you can focus entirely on your recovery. If you plan on continuing to work and care for your family, consider an outpatient rehab program that offers you more flexibility and freedom, and that allows you to receive therapy for a certain number of hours per week.

Does the Facility Offer Safe, Evidence-Based Treatments?

Evidence-based treatments at drug rehab centers have been tested and evaluated for safety and efficacy, and are proven to help patients achieve long-term sobriety and recovery. Look for a drug rehab center that offers the latest treatments approved by the FDA, and that can reduce any discomfort associated with substance abuse recovery. Evidence-based addiction treatments include pharmacotherapies (medications) and behavioral therapies.

If you or your loved one is in recovery from opioid or alcohol use disorder, find a drug rehab center that offers medications approved to treat these addiction types. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that opioid use disorder can be safely treated and managed long-term using methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone; therefore, those struggling with opioid addiction should find a rehab center that prescribes these medications. Evidence-based behavioral therapies for addiction include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational enhancement therapy, and family therapy, among many others.

What Amenities and Activities Are Available?

The right types of amenities and activities can go a long way toward enhancing your recovery and experience at drug rehab. Staying busy and occupied is key to avoiding boredom and reducing the risk of relapse; plus, certain activities can spur your interest in new hobbies that don’t involve the use of drugs and alcohol.

Think about the types of activities you’d like to do while at rehab and after you leave rehab, then find a treatment center that offers those activities or amenities. For example, if your goal is to increase your fitness level and become more athletic, look for a drug rehab center with a gym or fitness center, along with a swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna, sports courts, and yoga classes or Tai Chi. Some rehab centers even offer fun, recreational therapies such as equine (horse) therapy, art therapy, and music therapy.

Dana Point Rehab Campus offers medical detox and inpatient residential rehab programs for all types of substance use disorders. Call us today at 949-347-5466 for more information.