A drug addiction treatment center is not a “one size fits all,” because in order to be effective, recovery programs must be tailor made to meet the needs of individual patients, and it follows that the patient must buy-in the process and be on-board with the recommended treatment.
Addicts often go to inpatient treatment only to “walk out” after a short period of time. They didn’t like the treatment program, or the schedule, or the limitations placed on their lives while they were receiving the help they need. The talented jazz singer Amy Winehouse sang about it with that famous response to rehab… “No, no, no.”
There are a couple of important questions to ask long before you set-up any visit to a drug addition treatment center. The first is “Do I want help?” and the second is “If I do want help am I willing to allow someone to help me?” Unlike most other medical conditions, addiction stands alone at the top of the list of diseases that the patient does not want treated. Addict/alcoholics may well be killing themselves, and everybody around them knows it, but they want to be left alone. They don’t want treatment.
For any number of reasons, a drug addiction treatment center offers programs that many addicts just do not want, but if anything is clear it’s that a drug addiction treatment center, in general, will do what the addict does not want and that is to separate them from their drug of choice. Addicts and their families need to check out the drug addiction treatment center and understand what methods they offer.
Some centers will advertise that they do not offer 12-Step, or some are Christian-based and bring in Biblical teaching as a part of their curriculum. Both the 12-Step and Christian-based programs have proven to be effective if the patients work the program. Some may be more “medical” than others and may off drug treatments to ease discomfort. Some may be in scenic settings, like an oceanfront resort, while others are less fancy and offer a quiet setting, but no extras. Regardless, counselors often recommend that a treatment center be far from home to make walking out a more difficult option. That and the fact that addicts need to get out of their familiar haunts to make any treatment program free from encumbrances.
The major consideration is cost. If an addict has insurance that is certainly a big help because treatment can be pricey. Out-of-pocket costs for a drug addiction treatment center can run into the tens of thousands. Families have felt the pain of that reality, as parents of young addicts take out second mortgages in hopes that their child will recover. Insurance only goes so far. A patient may need in-patient care, but out-patient may be the only option because of financial considerations. Insurance doesn’t like addiction because it’s expensive and takes time. Addiction is a disease of the brain and those, by their very nature, take time, sometimes years to get a person back to a fulfilling life. You can get open-heart surgery and recover in a few months, but an addict may have years of treatment, with little results to show for all of the effort and agony.
Treatment is collaborative. Medical people, counselors and therapists can all to their part and do it well, but at the end of the day, the addict has to do his/her part in making the program work. Alcoholics Anonymous has a saying, “It works if you work it,” and that is certainly the case for any treatment program. Something that is made to fit, something that is consistent with the addicts values and beliefs, something that just makes sense is probably something that is going to render some results. Addicts and their loved ones should take time to look into every option, do their homework, and make the determination to make it work. There’s lots out there.