What Should I Consider Before Choosing an Alcohol Addiction Rehab Center for My Treatment?
If you've decided to go to an alcohol rehabilitation program, congratulations! You've taken the first step towards recovery by admitting you have a problem. You shouldn't choose an alcohol addiction program on the fly, or based on cost alone. There are several questions you need to find out answers to about each rehab center before you choose a program that's right for you.
What is the rehab center's past record?
This includes the number of patients treated successfully and those who left midway through treatment or relapsed early.
What are the qualifications of the therapists?
The therapists should be trained in dealing with people who are addicted to alcohol, licensed and a Master level of education or above.
Can you contact former patients or read their testimonials?
Talking to former patients will help prepare you for the challenges you may face. If the rehab center has a website, you may also be able to find testimonials there.
Is the rehab center licensed?
Licensing requirements vary depending on the state the rehab center is located in. Be sure to find out if the rehab center is licensed in their state.
How long is treatment, and how much does it cost?
Longer, more comprehensive treatments cost more but often deliver better results. If you have to take some sort of package, find out what it includes, and ask if there are any additional expenses.
Do they accept medical insurance?
Find out if they accept medical insurance, and if your insurance covers alcohol or drug treatment. Call your insurance to determine specifics about what your plan covers.
Where is the rehab center located?
Rehab centers located away from the hustle and bustle of the city are better.
Are pets allowed?
Pets can play an important role in the patient's journey to recovery, however, most centers will not allow pets during intensive treatment.
How does the staff balance alcohol treatment with treatment for other conditions you may have?
If the program uses medications to treat alcoholism, they may need to take medications you're taking into consideration when designing your treatment program.
What types of counseling are done?
The center should do both group and individual counseling. Individual counseling allows you to talk one on one with the counselor; group counseling encourages communication among other members of the group.
Does the program use drugs to discourage alcohol use?
Drugs like Antabuse, Suboxone or Methadone can have bad side effects, such as severe liver problems. Find out if the staff does any blood work or other tests to check the function of different organs on a regular basis. Some people may not need drugs to stay sober. Find out which drugs the center prescribes and why.
Do they have a way of reducing cravings for alcohol?
Some programs have a way of reducing cravings for alcohol with nutrition; others rely on drugs to reduce cravings.
Do they include a nutritional component?
When alcoholics arrive at rehab, many of them have nutritional deficiencies. These deficiencies can cause sleeplessness, depression, decreased appetite, decreased energy, irritation, or other problems that can affect recovery. These problems may cause more medications to be prescribed to treat these symptoms.
Does the program teach life skills to help the recovering person stay sober the rest of her life?
People in recovery need to learn skills that will help them stay sober after they leave the treatment center. Alcohol addiction programs should teach these skills, and in addition teach the alcoholic how to break destructive patterns of thinking.
Does the program think of alcoholism as a chronic disease that should expect relapses?
Some programs believe that alcoholism is a chronic disease that should expect relapses; others teach that relapse can be prevented with a thorough, effective rehab program. Programs that believe relapse can be prevented with a thorough, effective program, and that have methods of relieving cravings and teach skills for dealing with stress have higher rates of success with people staying sober.
Does the program seem to offer an instant cure or another promise that doesn't make sense?
Treatment programs may offer results that don't seem sensible. Some programs use aversion therapy, which uses nauseating drugs and electric shock treatments given over a 10-day period. Others use hypnosis to "cure" cravings for alcohol. These types of programs are rarely successful.
Are the program's steps ones that you feel good about going through?
You are trusting the rehab program with restoring your sobriety and teaching you skills to stay sober the rest of your life. If you don't feel good about going through the different processes, such as a lot of heavy labor, confrontational counseling, heavy drugging during withdrawal or rehabilitation, ask the staff about each phase and what you can expect.
Find out what their reintegration policy is like.
Do they encourage people to attend AA meetings when they leave, or do they have another follow-up process in place to help people stay sober after they leave?
It can be difficult to get back to your normal life when you leave the treatment facility. You may have to make new friends if your old friends can't accept that you're no longer drinking alcohol.
Where can I find an alcohol addiction rehab center?
The road to recovery from alcohol addiction can be difficult. Finding out the information you need makes it easier to choose an alcohol treatment program you feel good about. Once you've gotten your questions answered and weighed your options, find out what you need to do to get started with the program you've chosen. If you need to set up a payment plan, contact your insurance or arrange for time off, make those arrangements before you leave for the center, especially if it's in a different state. Also be sure to get clearance from your doctor if you're taking any medications that may interfere with medications used during treatment. Good luck on your road to recovery.
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