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Which drug addiction treatment centers really work?

Which drug addiction treatment centers work to end addictions and which ones just take your money? Many treatment centers care about helping to end addictions, but there are some that just want the money and aren't particularly concerned with successful outcomes.

Picking the right drug addiction treatment centers can be confusing, because generally during a family addiction crisis everyone is under enormous stress, and not thinking as clearly as they would for a financial decision of this size. Choosing the right rehab can be a difficult challenge here are 10 things to look for.

Choosing effective drug addiction rehabilitation centers

  1. Diagnosis and treatment for mental health co-occurring disorders --- Mental health specialists available during treatment, who assess each case for other mental health problems that can disrupt treatment and an addicts ability to quit. Depression and anxiety are the most common co-occurring mental health disorders that must be properly assessed and treated in order for the addict to move into recovery.
  2. Age appropriate --- If the addict is a teen, find a drug addiction treatment centers for teens. If he/she is a young adult then find a center for young adults. If they're a senior, then don't put them with non-seniors. Addicts generally respond much better when surrounded by people of their own age and generation, who are also struggling with addiction.
  3. Active support for 12 step groups --- The rehab treatment requires daily participation in a 12-step group. The 12-steps have helped many people to move into recovery and also set up a method a support after the addict leaves treatment.
  4. Individual counseling support --- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or Motivational Interviewing are the most common types of addiction individual counseling available for addiction recovery. Look for a drug addiction rehabilitation centers that offers these treatments.
  5. Men separated from women --- A facility that is gender specific, or separates men and women, can also be helpful start recovery. It eliminates many relationship issues and allows the person to focus on their recovery without the distraction of any potential romantic encounters.
  6. Support spiritual connection --- Many people believe that to truly recover from addiction the client needs to have a spiritual re-connection and transformation. This is what the first three steps of the 12-steps try to facilitate. It's important that the treatment center not be hostile to this transformation and be as supportive as possible to facilitate it.
  7. Inpatient programs that you can afford --- Length of treatment is a critical component of recovery; most people require at least 30 days if not 60. If the treatment program and support aren't long enough relapse usually occurs. That's why inpatient programs are better than outpatient, because they help the person re-gain the skills necessary to avoid using and return to their life prior to drug use.
  8. Collaborative and family supportive --- A center that works with the family and integrates them into treatment when appropriate.
  9. Supportive, well-trained staff --- Make sure to review the credentials of the staff that works with the patients. The better trained the staff the more likely they will be beneficial through the withdrawal and early recovery process. The staff staff are the people who should connect with the addict and create an environment for strong therapeutic connection.
  10. Medically supervised and supported withdrawal supportive --- Doctors on staff or available to review the medical status and needs of the addict and prescribe withdrawal and relapse supportive medications. As an example, Suboxone can be very helpful to support opiate withdrawal and addiction recovery.

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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