Are you considering spending time in a recovery center and don’t know how to choose the right one? The decision to get help for any kind of substance abuse is a tough one, and many people do not want to be bogged down by the ‘which rehab?’ question. An easy decision can be reached by first determining if inpatient or outpatient treatment will be the best choice for you. After picking the appropriate therapy, you should spend more time researching each recovery center as this decision will mean an easy transition into rehab.
Our recovery centers create treatment plans based on whether a patient will be an inpatient or an outpatient. Inpatient or residential addiction facilities provide immersive substance abuse therapy. During the time of this treatment, patients will reside in the center so they can focus on their recovery. This type of treatment is highly productive and has proven to offer more effective recovery outcomes for people who spend at least 90 days in treatment
Our outpatient recovery centers, on the other hand, are for those who prefer to live at home while being treated. Outpatients participate in some activities at the rehab center and will not be available all the time. A custom therapy is usually built to suit our patients’ needs. Here are 10 questions that can help you choose the right recovery center to meet all your needs.
1. What are your rehab goals and how can the center help you achieve it?
Of course, the first goal is to quit the habit. But you must define your goals and objectives. With fixed goals in mind, your therapy can be customized to ensure that all your goals are met. You can have any type of goal such as healthy living, spiritual, and much more. The point is to quit the habit and at the same time pursue new and healthier habits.
2. What licenses and certifications does the center have?
The question of license and certification is not just for the center, but should also include its staff members. There are a lot of factors that licensing authorities take into consideration when they issue permits. These factors ensure that rehab facilities operate within the law and that certified staff members are fit to work with people who are battling substance abuse. So you must make sure that your choice is licensed and certified.
3. Is there a waiting list and, how long is the wait?
Substance abuse impacts people differently, and recovery will most times require some urgency. There are some California recovery centers that have waiting lists, while others are available for walk-ins. If you are in need of urgent care, then a waiting list will not be good for your condition. However, if your recovery is not time-bound, then you can choose any rehab center with or without a waiting list.
4. The length of stay for the inpatient and outpatient programs?
The answer to this question will vary from person to person. The effects of substance abuse are different for everyone and what will work for one person may not work for another. There is no right answer to this question, and the information is required to help you plan. There are some industry standards though, and any time frame that falls outside the regular therapy period should be questioned. Most people remain in Ocean Hills Recovery’s inpatient programs for about 30 to 45 days.
5. Will I be allowed visitors and can my family and friends visit me during my residential program?
Some rehab centers can be ultra-restrictive and could feel like incarceration. Even though some patients like these types of recovery centers, some people find them counter-productive. So while researching the best rehab, ensure that you pick one that will adhere to your needs on friends and family contact.
6. What is the billing policy? Are insurance and finance available?
Money is the reason why we don’t buy the things we want and can sometimes cause more anxiety and harm than good. Some rehab facilities understand the importance of help first and will create a payment plan if you are having financial difficulties. When choosing a rehab facility, find out if payment is flexible. You may be surprised to find out that there are plans that can cover you until you can settle the bill.
7. Which medical services are available if I need them?
Treatment for substance abuse can open the doors to other ailments. As your body gets rid of these harmful chemicals, you may need medical support for other health conditions. You must find out if the rehab you choose has a supervised detox program or if they provide assistance with pain management. Generally speaking, there are some medical situations that fall outside of the treatment program and may require prompt medical attention. Ensure that the rehab facility can offer more medical services just in case the need arises.
8. What will be the structure of my program?
Knowing the structure of the program you’ll be placed under is a good way to know what to expect. Will there be some art therapy? Will your program involves some team-building activities or will you be treated on your own? A good recovery program will be a mix of team-building exercises and personal activities. You can compare different rehab programs and choose the one that will be best for your needs.
9. Will other drugs be used for my treatment?
Some rehab programs depend on the use of relying on benzodiazepine-class drugs. These types of drugs are useful if someone is going through a severe withdrawal and are only good for a few days. Choose a program that focuses on building your health by using vitamins, minerals, and exercise.
10. Will I get after-care?
After-care is important for a sustainable drug-free lifestyle. Many experts agree that care after a substance abuse program is just as important as the actual program itself. How people cope when they finish a rehab program will depend on how much support and care they get from people around them.