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How to Choose a Drug and Alcohol Rehab Center

After deciding to undergo treatment for drug or alcohol abuse, you should find a rehab program that suits your needs and overall situation. There are many treatment options available, but how do you tell which facility is the one for you?

Types of Rehabilitation Treatments


Patients will live in their homes as they normally do and simply go to the center according to a specific schedule to have sessions with addiction treatment experts.


Patients live in a hospital and are treated with a highly structured care plan for addiction and other serious medical conditions.


Patients receive treatment at home.

Recovery Housing

Patients remain in guided, interim housing and can sign up for treatment programs.

Approach to Treatment

Check if the program makes use of evidence-based therapies whose effectiveness has been scientifically proven. If you have mental health problems, it’s also a must to find a program that can treat those specific conditions.

Handling Relapse

Another important part of finding a rehab facility is to know how the program responds if a patient starts using drugs or alcohol again. Will they kick the person out? Are there people in the program who are trained to manage relapse issues?

Rights and Expectations

Know your rights and responsibilities, as well as the center’s expectations of you and your family while you’re in treatment. Ask them what you and your family may or may not do while you’re in the facility, and whether they can give you a written document that lists down all of these, including your rights and responsibilities.

Quality of Care

Lastly, besides having a license and accreditation, the program you pick should uphold the following standards of care of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse:

> Care is overseen by a minimum of one doctor who is a specialist in treating disorders related to substance abuse.

> Not only one but a whole range of effective treatments are available, and varied sessions are offered for at least three hours once a week.

> The center has at least one full-time addiction medicine physician or addiction psychiatrist in its staff.

> Treatment can be provided for other medical issues patients may have.

> Continuing care and support is available post-treatment.

> Should they relapse, patients will not be automatically removed from the program. These credentials tell you that the program has met state standards (if licensing is a requirement in that state) or those of a professional organization. Remember though that neither licensing nor accreditation is a guarantee the effectiveness of the treatments, so do look into other indicators of quality.

So in the end, your question shouldn’t be”What’s rehab center is the best in my area?”

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