How Do I Choose a Rehab Center?
Many types of treatment programs exist to help those struggling with substance abuse issues. The first step in choosing a rehab center is to identify which type of program is best for you.
A good start in making this decision is to first create a list of treatment features and other qualities that you want from a program. Some common program varieties and their features are listed below to help you create this list and make an informed decision. Once you have a better idea about your treatment options and needs, you can call around to find a suitable program. If possible, visit a treatment program beforehand.
Inpatient vs. Outpatient
Rehabilitation can take place on either an inpatient or outpatient basis. Each setting provides different levels of supervision and intensities of care, and depending on your condition, one may be better suited for you than the other. A healthcare provider can perform a medical assessment that will help determine whether inpatient or outpatient treatment is the most appropriate approach for you. Below is a general overview of the pros and cons of inpatient vs. outpatient treatment facilities: 1,2
- Inpatient programs: In most cases, inpatient treatment involves a period of medically supervised detoxification and structured rehabilitation. Treatment can take place in a hospital setting, clinic, or treatment facility. Some inpatient recovery programs specialize in treating certain populations such as homeless, veterans, youth, or LGBTQ. Others may specialize in treating co-occurring mental health disorders. Inpatient rehabilitation is often more expensive than outpatient, but it offers a high level of medical supervision and removes users from their drug-using environments, which are often full of triggers.
- Outpatient treatment: Outpatient programs allow you to live at home and visit a facility for therapy and in some cases, medication-assisted treatment. You may be a good candidate for outpatient treatment if you do not have any medical or mental health conditions that warrant treatment, you have a reliable means of transportation to and from the facility, and the clinic is relatively easy for you to access. Many people choose outpatient recovery if they have children, families, pets, work, or school obligations. In addition, outpatient is less expensive than inpatient treatment in almost all cases.
Other specialized programs are available for people who work in high-power positions such as executives or CEOs of companies. If you fall into this category, you may want to consider accessing an executive rehab program that understands your needs – such as WiFi, Internet use, phone policies, and private rooms for meetings.
If you are the type of person who appreciates comfort and higher-quality facilities, then luxury rehabilitation may be the best fit for you. Luxury treatment is offered in desirable and sometimes remote locations such as the beach or mountains, and these facilities will often have added privacy, nicer rooms, individualized meals, and complementary-alternative or holistic treatment interventions such as acupuncture and massage.
If you are ready to take the step towards entering treatment, it can help to make a list of the qualities you are looking for in a treatment center. For example, you may have a budget and a set amount of money that you can spend on your drug rehab. Or, you may want to find a recovery program that’s close to your home.
Before you choose a facility, consider what you are comfortable with and what type of setting is going to be the most beneficial to your long-term recovery. This way, when you are evaluating programs you will be able to easily identify which is the best fit.
Below is a list of factors that may or may not be important to your time in treatment. This list can serve as a starting point as you begin to think about what you want.
- Cost: This is one of the most common factors that people take into consideration before making a treatment decision. You may want to call treatment centers ahead of time in order to figure out whether or not you can afford it. Your insurance may cover all or a portion of the cost. Some programs also offer payment plans or sliding scale fees.
- Location: You may want to be close to or far away from home. Figuring out where you want to be during treatment can help you narrow your decision.
- Accreditation: Accredited programs have met certain requirements and are generally held to a high standard of care.
- Online reviews: If you want to read first-hand feedback about the centers you are considering, you can search for published reviews online. It can be useful to read the testimonials of those who have transitioned out of a program to see what their experience was like. Keep in mind that everyone is different and what may work for one person may not always work for another.
- Amenities: Some facilities offer private rooms, chef-prepared meals, holistic treatment, pools/spas, gyms, outdoor recreational opportunities, and laundry services. Be sure that the treatment center you choose offers the amenities that are important to your overall well-being.
Questions to Ask a Rehabilitation Center
The most helpful way to see if a place will be a good fit is by physically visiting the treatment center. Knowing what to ask potential treatment centers can help ensure your success in the program and decrease your chances of relapse. The most helpful way to see if a place will be a good fit is by physically visiting the treatment center. You can call and ask if you can schedule an appointment. Most centers also have videos or photos online.
Questions that you may want to consider asking the rehabilitation facility include:
- What type of insurance do you take?
- Do you offer financial support? If so, what type?
- Do you offer payment plans? If so, can you provide more information?
- What types of amenities do you offer?
- What are the rooms like? Do they have windows? Showers? Are they single or shared rooms?
- What is your policy on visitors? Phones? Computer use?
- What types of therapy does the facility offer? Group therapy? Individual therapy? Both?
- What is your philosophy or approach to treating addiction?
- Are you accredited? If so, by whom?
- Do you have reviews available online?
- What is the staff-to-patient ratio? Do you have biographies of the staff?
- Are there photos or video tours of the facility? May I schedule a facility tour?
If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction and you are seeking information on rehabilitation centers in your area, give us a call at 1-888-968-9816 Who Answers? . One of our treatment support specialists can help you choose a program.
.Galanter, M., Kleber, H. D., & Brady, K. (Eds.). (2014). The American Psychiatric Publishing textbook of substance abuse treatment. American Psychiatric Pub.
. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). (1997). A Guide to Substance Abuse Services for Primary Care Clinicians.