To find the BEST treatment center, first we have to define best. Do you want the best price? The best location? The best counselors? What are you looking for, and how can you avoid making a fear-based decision out of desperation?
1. Consider The Motives For Treatment
Treatment centers must make money to keep operating, and every center is likely to claim they are the BEST treatment center. When you ask them about their facility, what’s their motive? What’s their main selling point? Do they have a heart for helping people? Are they successful? When they look at a potential client, do they see a person or dollar signs?
Also, consider your own motive. Are you choosing the first option you find out of fear? If you are helping someone choose a center, does the patient have a voice? Treatment will be more successful if the patient has a say in the decision.
2. Consider Which Treatment Works Best For You
Pause to consider diabetes. Diabetes is a life long diagnosis. Sometimes it is caught early and can be managed by lifestyle changes. In other cases, diabetes can be controlled by taking a pill. Sometimes, the case is so severe that monitoring and injections are required multiple times every day. Deciding the best treatment for diabetes requires some patient education and sometimes a second opinion. The same principles apply when treating addiction. Commonly, people look at these three choices for treatment:
Residential Treatment – The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly
Also known as inpatient treatment, residential usually lasts 30 to 45 days. The good:
- It’s a great way to kick start your recovery.
- You are immersed in meetings with other people going through the same challenges.
- You have support and monitoring during detox.
- Residential treatment gives you a break from your addictive lifestyle.
The bad news about residential treatment is:
- The costs for residential treatment can be staggering, even after insurance covers some of the cost.
- Leaving your job or responsibilities for 30 to 45 days may not be an option.
Some ugly sides to inpatient treatment have been making news headlines. Terms like “body brokering” and the “Florida shuffle” shine a light on how vulnerable our population is. Remember these keys to keep you safe:
- Ask hard questions. Put the staff on the spot and make sure everybody has the same story.
- Trust your gut instinct.
- The more expensive the program doesn’t mean a better outcome.
Inpatient treatment isn’t the only answer. Outpatient rehab lets patients keep up on their responsibilities. This type of treatment is longer, sometimes up to three years long. Outpatient treatment gives the patient more support, flexibility and stability. For many, a long-term commitment to an on-going program often means long-term success.
Long-term Inpatient Treatment
Extended or long-term inpatient recovery facilities treat the most severe addiction cases. This type of program might be a good fit for patients who haven’t found success in outpatient or inpatient programs. Patient suffering from a dual-diagnosis may also find a place here.
Long-term inpatient treatment usually lasts three months or longer. As a result, patients have more time to rebuild a healthy lifestyle. Conversely, this much care is more expensive and a greater risk to the patient’s employment.
3. Consider Alternatives To The “BEST” Treatment
These types of treatment aren’t your only option. Recovery Guidance has an exhaustive list of Recovery Centers as well as Recovery Physicians and support group meetings. Additionally, Recovery Guidance lists AA and NA meetings. To find a meeting, click on the Recovery Centers tab. You can use the Search By Name box to enter a meeting type like AA or NA.
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Pam is the author of Co-dependent In The Kitchen, and she's a contributing editor for Recovery Guidance. She's a recovery advocate who likes long walks on the beach and chocolate.