4 Final Factors When Choosing A Rehab
Different rehabs will suit different individuals. This will depend on many factors, with money, of course, being one of the largest deciding factors. But once you’ve narrowed it down to a few options, all within your price range or covered by your insurance, and all in a good location, how do you ultimately decide which is the best fit for yourself or a loved one? Here are a few things to keep in mind when deciding on a rehab.
1. Highly trained staff
A rehab can only be as helpful as the people who are running things. When receiving a tour of the rehab you are considering, talk to staff members and make sure to bring up any questions or concerns. Ideally, the staff will help you feel comfortable and will be knowledgeable on the in’s and outs of the programs, and capable of answering your questions. If an in-person tour is not an option, you will still be able to talk to the Admission team on the phone. Many websites also have a staff page that includes information on staff members and should include their credentials and experience in their field.
2. Program flexibility and individualized care
You have likely narrowed your search down to rehabs that offer the level of treatment you are seeking—that is, either inpatient, outpatient, or somewhere in-between. Rehab programs are not as black-and-white as they used to be, so yes, “in-between” options are sometimes available, which may look like attending a program 5 days a week for 8 hours, but living at home. Finding a program that is individualized and patient-centered, meaning they are willing to work with you to find what works best, is key.
3. Step-down and aftercare opportunities
After completing 30 or 45 days in full-time addiction recovery treatment, it can be a shock to the system to abruptly leave the safety and structure of such an environment. Stepping down to outpatient treatment, which may be 3 days per week for several hours, is a highly recommended next step in the recovery process for many. Recovery takes time—everything will not be solved in one intensive month of treatment. Intensive outpatient care helps keep individuals accountable and connected through continued addiction recovery support, as they learn how to re-integrate into daily life and navigate new experiences clean and sober.
4. Rehab program philosophy and approach
There are many different approaches to addiction recovery, and it is important to find one that feels like a good match for you. Some rehabs heavily emphasize the program and 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous as the heart of their treatment offerings. Others focus on a Buddhist or more mindfulness-based approach. Some integrate a lot of holistic healing modalities. Some are affiliated with religious organizations and specific denominations. Although you may not love every aspect of any one rehab program, finding basic core principles that resonate with you can make a huge difference in your recovery experience.
Other things to consider when finalizing your rehab selection can come down to amenities offered through housing and finding an atmosphere that feels most supportive and conducive to your recovery.