The truth is, attending a drug recovery treatment facility will provide positive benefits to you or a loved one's social life, finances, mental health and confidence.
Rehab is one of the most effective treatments for those suffering from an addiction - however, rehab may be a complex, daunting concept without the proper knowledge and information.
An addict who is attempting to break their substance addiction may go through withdrawal and have symptoms that may include cold sweats, seizures, insomnia, pain, hallucinations, anxiety and severe depression. A rehab facility can provide a safe and monitored environment for the addict to overcome their substance addiction.
One of the first choices to make when looking for a rehab center will be a decision between inpatient and outpatient treatment. Outpatient treatment involves visiting a center at certain times to attend counseling, receive medical treatment, and check in with doctors and addiction specialists. Outpatient treatment allows the addicted individual to stay at home and keep attending work or school.
Inpatient treatment, on the other hand, is a more dedicated form of treatment where patients live at a specialized center for the full duration of treatment. Inpatient treatment, or residential rehab, is the most effective, successful method of treating addiction, as it changes the addict's entire environment to ensure a fuller system of care.
Though different rehab centers usually offer similar treatment options, it's important to find the center that's most convenient and fits the unique needs of the individual afflicted by addiction.
You can talk to your doctor, health insurance company, or nearby health clinics and hospitals to learn about rehabilitation facilities in the area. First, narrow your options through factors like price range, insurance compatibility, or location. A local facility may work better for those with familial or work responsibilities, while a center outside the addict's area is beneficial because it takes the addict out of their home environment completely, cutting ties with the place where the addiction started or flourished.
The next step is to tour possible centers - the most important factor in recovery is making sure the patient feels comfortable and at home in their facility of choice. It's important to visit available centers and ask questions in order to compare the benefits of each center.
Questions about treatment styles:
Questions about qualifications:
Questions about post-rehab:
Of course, ask any other questions relevant to the person receiving treatment, and take into consideration factors like location, amenities, insurance coverage, licenses and qualifications, and price range.
Some reasons addicts give for avoiding rehab may be legitimate concerns, but addicts often have a variety of excuses for their family and friends. The cycle of addiction convinces the addict that they don't need treatment, or that they can stop by themselves.
Legitimate reasons for avoiding rehab include:
An addict may also give less legitimate excuses - if you're a loved one trying to convince an addict to go to rehab, plan your responses to potential excuses beforehand. Common excuses can include:
Therapeutic Communities are more structured, longer treatment programs where an addict will stay at a facility for 6 to 12 months. These communities use the long periods of stay to fully change addict's behaviors and attitudes towards drug use. Therapeutic communities are often specialized for patients with long histories of addiction, or those with impaired social functioning.
Halfway houses, also known as sober living houses, are rehab facilities where the addict is given a greater amount of freedom - they can attend work, school, or even recreational outings while still staying at a facility under the supervision of professionals. Usually sober living houses are programs an addict attends after finishing a more intensive rehab program.
Holistic treatment centers are variations of inpatient or outpatient rehab programs that focus on full-body wellness. These types of centers utilize alternative therapies like yoga, meditation, outdoor therapy, or art therapy, and place a focus on nutrition and exercise as core aspects of recovery.
Group support is offered by many different organizations like churches, community centers, volunteers, and hospitals. Group therapy (like AA or Narcotics Anonymous) can provide support for addicts after they leave rehab in order to prevent relapse and ensure sober living. These programs are often centered around the 12-step program and are informal, social, community-based approaches to treatment and aftercare.
Counseling, whether it's individual therapy, family counseling, or group programs, is often used concurrently with another type of treatment or as a post-treatment support method. Therapy is critical to addressing underlying causes of addiction or mental health issues which may co-occur with addiction.
The length of rehabilitation programs will depend on the individual, the level of addiction, and the type of program chosen. Some may choose a therapeutic community program which lasts as long as a year, while others may only need a 30-day treatment program. Inpatient rehab programs typically last from 30 to 90 days, and research has found that longer treatment programs are correlated with higher success rates and lower future relapse rates.
Though rehab itself may take under a month, addiction recovery is an ongoing lifelong process. Ongoing group therapy or individual counseling programs are recommended as a post-rehab support system, and the possibility of relapse is a consistent obstacle to sober living.
Price ranges will vary greatly depending on factors like the type of program and the amenities offered. Lower-end inpatient programs can cost around $7,500 a month, while the cost of luxury rehab programs with a long list of amenities can rise to over $100,000 a month. Standard programs will usually cost around $10,000 to $20,000 a month.
Rehab facilities that accept insurance can greatly reduce monthly cost and can even end up being free. Other facilities have payment plans to reduce financial strain, some offer services like detox or group therapy free-of-charge. If you qualify, Medicaid or Medicare can cover the cost of detox and medical withdrawal treatment.
Dealing with addiction is stressful enough without the added complication of paying for a rehab facility. There are options for all different budgets, so don't let treatment cost be an obstacle - even if you find yourself struggling financially, it is a better investment in the long run to put money that is being used for addictive substances toward treatment.
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