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What to look for when evaluating drug addiction rehabilitation centers

Finding the right drug addiction rehabilitation center is an essential part of addiction recovery. But how do you figure out which rehab center will be the best for you? Certainly, you want to work with a center that you feel is truly trying to help you--one that is welcoming, supportive and committed to working with as you journey through the complex problem of addiction.

But what specifically should you look for to increase you chances of success? You're not likely to find a perfect fit for you in rehab, but what are some things to consider as you try to limit your changes of failure.

Below is a list of six things to consider when choosing between different drug addiction rehabilitation centers:

1. Age Appropriate

Addiction doesn't discriminate based on age. Addicts range in age from eleven to one hundred years old and everything in between. There are four major categories of treatment centers from an age perspective:

  • teens 11-20
  • young adults 18-30
  • adults 30-65
  • seniors 55 and older

Try to find a rehab whose primary focus fits your age group. For example, if you're 37 you're not going to find a young-adult or senior program as useful as one geared to your age group. Each age category has its own unique issues and support needs, making age an important consideration when choosing a rehab center and treatment program.

2. Supports Treatment For Comorbidities

Addiction is often accompanied by other mental health disorders such as:

  •   depression
  •   anxiety
  •   eating disorder
  •   self-harm (cutting, picking, hair pulling)
  •   suicidal ideation
  •   post traumatic stress disorder or general trauma
  •   emotional and/or physical and/or sexual abuse
  •   social isolation

Different drug addiction rehabilitation centers specialize in different comorbidities. It may be difficult, but try to understand your addiction and yourself well-enough to identify any comorbidities that you may have. Then, look for an age-appropriate treatment program that addresses these mental health issues. The more the program focuses on your specific co-occurring issues along with your addiction, the more likely you are to benefit from the treatment they provide.

3. Affordable

This point may seem obvious, but be careful that the program you choose is affordable for the full duration of treatment you need. Ideally, you should be able to stay in the program at least 90 days and have follow up and support for at least six months after that. Addiction is a chronic disease of the brain that is currently incurable. It does not become manageable over night and you need support as you move into recovery.

Many people go into very expensive programs, which they can only afford for 30 days. Many of those people also relapse because they leave the treatment support much too soon.

4. Gender Specific

Research has shown that, like many other things, addiction is different in men than in women. Many treatment programs offer gender specific programs, allowing men to work through their addiction issues with other men and women with women. Because of the inherent differences between the sexes, gender specific programs are often therapeutically very advantageous.

5. Complete Removal From Environment

Addiction is a disease characterized by relapse, which means avoiding relapse is a critical part of addiction treatment and recovery. If possible, find a program that completely removes you from your current environment.

For most addicts, things in their current environment trigger them to use. Things like stress, a partner or family member who also uses, or driving in the car past certain locations, can trigger cravings to use. Avoiding these environmental triggers can be very useful in avoiding relapse and may significantly increase the success of treatment.

6. Requires Working the 12-steps

The 12-steps work if you work them! So look for a treatment program that integrates 12-step meetings into their treatment program. The 12-step program will be with you long after you're no longer in treatment or receiving support from the treatment center. Indoctrination to regular attendance at 12-step meetings early in your recovery can be pivotal to your long-term sobriety.

Click here for more about the 12-steps and drug addiction rehabilitation centers.

and Finally Remember:

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened."
- Matthew 7:7-8


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