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7 Factors to Consider When Choosing a Treatment Center


Sober Recovery Expert Author

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Each person’s needs are different in everyday life just as each person’s needs are different when undergoing addiction treatment. Whether you know yourself well enough to know that you need an element of meditative or spiritual guidance to succeed in your treatment plan or that you thrive emotionally and mentally when physically challenged, who you are as a person should determine which treatment center you choose.

Perhaps you even have a specific diet that you need to be accommodated for. According to the National Institutes on Health (NIH), diet can play a significant role in an addict’s recovery. These are needs you bring to the table when you are researching an addiction treatment center. You deserve the treatment center that is best for you, so be sure to consider these seven factors when searching for your ideal center.

Need help narrowing down the treatment center that is best for you? Consider these 7 factors.

1. Licensing and Accreditation

Do your research and make sure that the addiction treatment center that you are considering is accredited by its state. Official state accreditation is important and will help to ensure that your treatment is evidence-based and safe for you. You also should make sure that the medical professionals who operate out of your chosen addiction treatment center are individually licensed.

2. Success Rates

Anyone can talk the talk, but can the addiction treatment center you have your eye on walk the walk? You don’t want to be anyone’s guinea pig. Research the success prior patients have had at that treatment center and research the validity of success story claims that are published on the treatment center’s website.

3. Aftercare Program

Overseeing a patient’s treatment and recovery isn’t just about the initial assessment, detox and treatment period. The addiction treatment center that you eventually decide on should offer an aftercare program for patients in the case of relapse. The medical professionals you work with initially should be equipped to deal with an unfortunate relapse if it occurs. Talk to staff members at the addiction treatment center about how they handle cases of relapse and what their general aftercare program is like.

4. Treatment Types

Some addiction treatment centers offer treatments that are inpatient while others offer outpatient services. Others offer counseling on site and others offer hospitalization. You’ll find addiction treatment centers that emphasize group therapy and while those that provide intervention services. Each addiction treatment center is different. Do your research and be sure to pick an addiction treatment center that meets your specific needs.

5. Treatment Methods

If you’re interested in finding an addiction treatment center that does not use medication in the treatment of drug addiction, you can find that. If you are looking to nail down an addiction treatment program that will guide you spiritually while you detox and recover from your substance addiction, that is readily available too. Whatever you do, don’t settle if a certain kind of treatment method is important to you for one reason or another. Do your homework and only commit to an addiction treatment center once you’re sure it’s the right one for you.

6. Cost

Many different types of insurance will cover most or even all of your treatment costs. But before you commit to an addiction treatment center, you’ll want to be sure that your insurance does cover treatment at that particular center. Be sure that you know not only that the center accepts your insurance, but exactly how much your insurance is able to cover. If you do not have insurance, be sure that you thoroughly understand all of the costs associated with treatment.

7. Environment

You have a right to a clean, comfortable and supportive environment. This is a detail you should prioritize when seeking an addiction treatment center.

When conducting addiction treatment center research, be sure to take notes. You’ll come across accommodations, amenities and additional factors in your research that you never would have thought existed. Jot everything down that you care about – from the plush amenities meant to increase your comfort level to the experience of the staff members to the types of dietary restrictions a center is able to abide by.

Ask potential addiction treatment centers everything that comes to mind before committing. Recovering from addiction is already a difficult journey—your treatment center should not provide any additional difficulties for you in the process.

If you or someone you know is seeking help with addiction, please visit our directory of treatment centers or call 866-606-0182 to start the path to recovery today.

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