Do you have a problem with drugs or alcohol and are ready to take the next step toward recovery? Are you a friend or family member trying to help an addict get well? Choosing a rehab facility can be a confusing, intimidating, and overwhelming process. The decision of facility can make or break the addict's recovery process. When talking to the staff of the rehab centers that you are considering, you should keep the following points in mind.

Length of Treatment

In-patient programs usually range from 30 days to a year or longer, depending on the addictive substance and the needs of the addict. Research suggests that shorter programs may not be as effective at preventing relapse as longer programs. Treatment often requires financial sacrifices, but it may be worthwhile to consider investing in a longer program now.

Location of the Facility

Facilities within driving distance of your family will allow family and friends to participate in the treatment and visit the addict if appropriate. In some cases, a complete "change of scene" or a facility located in a beautiful, natural setting may result in better outcomes for the addict.

Cost of Services

Rehab centers vary greatly in price from free charitable programs to over $100,000 a month. Some facilities accept health insurance while others will require that you pay all or most of the expenses out-of-pocket. With the recent passing of the Mental Health Parity Act (read more about this new law here), which requires insurance companies to treat physical and mental conditions equally, your insurance company may eventually have more options for your treatment choices, and you should call them to see if they recommend a certain facility.


To become accredited, facilities need to meet the standards set up by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and the Joint Commission on Accredited Health Organizations (JCAHO). These standards consider such areas as success rates, staffing, and maintenance of records, among others.

Immediate Openings

While it is important to be comfortable with the facility you ultimately choose, it is also equally if not more important to begin treatment as soon as possible once the decision has been made so that the addict doesn't change their mind about seeking help. If a facility has a waiting list, you may want to consider other options.

Frequency of Progress Evaluations and Changes to the Treatment Plan as Needed

Because every person is different, a good rehab facility should recognize the changing needs of the recovering addict. A good program should have a system in place to evaluate the addict's progress and adjust the plan accordingly.

Post-Discharge Care Options

Treatment is a crucial step toward complete recovery. However, overcoming addiction is often a lifelong process that requires active commitment after leaving a rehab facility. Certainly, the addict will most likely benefit from the shared experiences of others in Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. But both the addict and their family are likely to need support in the form of outpatient therapy for months and, in some cases, years after discharge. Ideally, the treatment facility will offer these services. If they do not, or if they are not near enough for outpatient therapy to be practical, then the facility should be able to connect you with other options in your area.

Specialty Services

Because anyone may become addicted to alcohol or drugs, a number of specialty treatment programs have become available to meet the specialized needs of certain individuals. For example, some facilities put treatment into the context of Christian ideals whereas others are designed specifically for teenagers. Still others meet the needs of executives. Specialty services are not always necessary, but may improve treatment outcomes depending on the situation.

Other Considerations

Does the facility help with resolving legal issues or obtaining employment after discharge? Are they equipped to handle other mental disorders (like depression) that the addict may also have? Do they allow time for relaxation and outings in the community? Is there treatment program based on scientifically verified evidence?

If you are unsure what type of facility would be best for your situation, or if the prospect of finding the right facility seems overwhelming, we encourage you to call eDrug Rehab today. The professionals at eDrug Rehab work with a large network of treatment facilities across the country, and can help you decide what facility is best for you or your loved one. To speak with an Intervention Specialist, call 1-866-902-0610 now or fill out the form at the top of this page, and someone will call you.