Where to Start Your Search
There are several resources that can help you compile a list of potential treatment centers. Your doctor is a great source of information; your health insurance company can also give you some treatment centers, and if finances are a particular concern, choosing somewhere on this list may be preferred, or an absolute necessity. Some companies may offer an assistance program with addiction counselling. Local hospitals, mental health clinics and community health centers are also a good resource.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s website offers Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator. You can also call them at 1-800-662-HELP.
In searching for your treatment center, you have to decide whether you want to attend one close to home, or farther away. Each has its benefits and drawbacks. Many opt for long-distance as they feel it is helpful to be as far away from the environment in which their addiction started as possible.
Treatment Philosophy and Methods
While all centers share the same goal of helping you overcome your addiction to drugs, how they go about this varies greatly. When evaluating your options, carefully consider the overall philosophy and methods to see if they gel with you. If you are not a particularly spiritual person, for example, a center whose program is strongly built on this foundation may not be the best fit. What are their primary methods of treatment?
Are these methods proven to be successful? Are they methods that you personally are amenable to trying? What sort of after care is provide once you leave the program? Does the center help devise an after care plan upon discharge? Do they put you in touch with resources in your local area? What activities will you be required to take part in and which are optional?
Tailored to Your Needs
Again, drug treatment centers vary greatly in exactly how their recovery program is designed. You must carefully consider your needs, and preferences. For example, if you have the money, and prefer a more intimate setting where you are only in treatment with a handful of other people at once, choosing a private drug rehabilitation facility may be the way to go. These treatment centers offer a home-like environment, and are a popular choice for high-profile people who want to maintain a sense of privacy.
If you have other issues that also require treatment, such as an eating disorder or depression, dual diagnosis treatment centers are preferred as they will actively address these issues as well as your addiction. Are there staff on hand that are highly experienced in treating your type of addiction?
Choosing a treatment center can seem like a daunting task, but these tips can guide you in the process, and help you decide with confidence what program will best meet your needs.