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Tips for Choosing an Inpatient Drug Rehab Program

If you have decided that inpatient drug rehab is right for you, choosing a specific program that fits as many of your needs as possible is the next step. Depending on your situation, you may have many needs that your treatment center will have to fulfill in order to be ideal – some of which may even have nothing to do with the present issue of your substance use disorder at all. The NIDA states, “Effective treatment attends to the multiple needs of the individual, not just his or her drug abuse,” so here are a number of tips that will help you comprehensively choose the inpatient drug rehab program that is right for you.

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Consider Your Budget

While it may be relaxing to attend a facility that provides gourmet meals, massages, hotel-level accommodations, and other amenities, these extra features are not necessary for a comprehensive treatment program or for you to have a solid recovery. Many more expensive facilities boast these kinds of benefits, but considering your budget will help you determine if an inpatient center like this is even possible for you to attend.

If it is not, fortunately, there are low-cost and even free facilities that provide the same essential treatments any center provides which are necessary to recovery, including

  • Medication
  • Counseling
  • 24-hour care
  • Supervision and treatment from a trained medical staff
  • A safe and controlled environment
  • Aftercare options and assistance

Many of these facilities are open only to individuals with low incomes and may also provide other classes and treatments like resume building and vocational counseling. After considering your budget, it is much easier to determine which facilities are in and out of your price range and which ones you can choose between to find the best deal for what you can afford.

Call Ahead

One of the more essential tips for choosing a program – especially with an inpatient facility––is to call ahead to those which look promising and ask questions over the phone. Some of the questions you may want to ask are:

  • What is the success rate of your program?
  • Do you provide payment assistance?
  • What treatment types do you provide?
  • Do you allow family visits and if so when?
  • What is the typical length of stay for patients?
  • Is your facility privately owned?
  • How long has your program been established?
  • Do you allow visits from prospective patients?

The last question is especially important, as you may wish to tour the facility before committing to a particular length of stay. While many individuals need to attend a facility right away, if you have the time to choose the one that is best for you, visiting beforehand will actually allow you to see if you will be comfortable living at the center.

Research the Facility

While it is helpful to hear about the program straight from those running the facility itself, you may also want to do research of your own concerning the center’s reputation. This way, you can have a better idea of the experiences other patients who attended before you had.

You can easily find out what other people think of the program by searching online, and many individuals will give their opinions based on having attended. People with positive experiences will often be glad to speak of them and those with negative ones will want to warn others. You may also be able to attend a nearby support group meeting and ask if anyone there attended the facility in order to get information in person.

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Choose Your Program’s Location Wisely

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Be sure to talk with the rehab program beforehand to get a good idea of what kinds of treatment they offer before choosing a program.

In many instances, patients are encouraged to seek out local treatment. This is especially helpful for those who want family members and friends to visit them while they are in treatment. According to SAMHSA, “Having relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love, and hope” are incredibly beneficial to those in recovery, even individuals in inpatient treatment.

Having a strong social support system is a wonderful asset to those going through treatment for addiction, but in some cases, staying close to home is not the best option. Either an individual may not have the kind of support system others may gain from staying at home, or the patient may feel that they need a fresh start somewhere far away. Other patients may not feel safe staying close to certain individuals who are unhappy with their attempt at recovery. Attending non-local treatment will often be more expensive, but to some individuals it may be necessary.

When you choose your program’s location wisely, you are able to decide if it is more worth it that you get into a new environment or stay close to home.

Research Different Inpatient Rehab Models

There are several different models that inpatient rehab facilities may use for all patients, especially depending on the treatments offered and the length of stay expected. Some of the more popular inpatient program models are:

  • Therapeutic Community
    TCs often have “planned lengths of stay of between 6 and 12 months” (NIDA). They work by creating a community for the patient that is fully committed to encouraging the patient’s recovery by using every individual they interact with including doctors, nurses, counselors, and other patients. Treatment focuses on the accountability of the particular patient for their actions.
  • Recovery Homes
    According to the EOHHS, “Recovery homes provide a structured, sober environment for individuals recovering from addiction to alcohol and/or other drugs.” The treatment will often last more than 30 days and encourage patients to interact with the community as a part of recovery.
  • Social Model
    Patients are expected to help one another and work in the community while staying at the facility.
  • Residential Treatment
    Patients may stay for 3-6 weeks or as long as a year depending on the facility. Patients will attend treatment at the center and receive feedback from doctors, nurses, and therapists on their progress.

If one of these program models interests you, it may be beneficial to choose a facility that follows it. However, every program is different which is why you must research and call the facility you are considering attending.

Choosing the best inpatient drug rehab program can take time and quite a bit of research, but it will be especially beneficial to you to find the center that attends to all your needs as a patient.

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