Before you consider even looking at drug treatment centers, you have to ask yourself a couple of important questions. 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?” On the surface those sound like silly questions, but the truth is they are vitally important. People who suffer a heart attack are usually thankful for the medical team in the emergency department coming to their aid. However, those who suffer from addiction may not want that help and would prefer to be left alone.
Treatment is different depending on your issues
Drug addiction treatment is not a one-size-fits-all proposition neither are drug treatment centers. In order to be effective, the program must be tailor made to meet the needs of the client, and secondly, the client has to buy into the treatment program. All too often people will 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.”
For any number of reasons, treatment centers and many addictions just do not click, but if anything is clear it’s that treatment centers, 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 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.
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 spartan 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.
Cost is a major consideration
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 treatment 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. 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. 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.