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How to Choose a Center For Addiction Treatment: The Answers to Your Must-Know Questions For Choosing Treatment

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD By April 17, 2019
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If you are struggling with drug addiction and wish to seek help, you are not alone.

In fact, an estimated 19.7 million people age 12 and older were diagnosed with a substance use disorder in 2017.

Whether your addiction is due to genetics, environmental factors, or a mental health disorder, help is around the corner. You just have to know what type of treatment center and program you’re looking for.

The decision to enter rehab is easier once you familiarize yourself with the choices of treatment centers.

Wondering which center for addiction treatment is right for you? Keep reading for the answers to your must-know questions.

When to Seek Treatment

If you are questioning whether you need to enter a drug addiction treatment center, the answer is probably yes.

The signs of addiction are not always immediately clear. Maybe you were taking a drug for a health problem and no longer need it, but take it anyway. Or maybe you’ve started taking more of a drug to get the same effects.

These conditions slowly lead to struggles with addiction. Other signs of addiction are more obvious.

If you are addicted to a drug, you can’t stop taking it even if you want to. You may feel dizzy, shaky, or nauseous when the drug wears off. Some people even experience confusion, seizures, or run a fever.

You should seek treatment if you have a hard time not thinking about a drug or if it begins to affect relationships with friends, family, or coworkers. 

Addicts often report a loss of interest in things that they used to enjoy. Some have trouble completing daily tasks such as cooking dinner or going to work.

In extreme cases, addiction manifests in looking through other people’s drug cabinets for drugs to take. 

These are only some of the signs that confirm you may have a drug problem. If any of these sound familiar to you, keep reading to learn about the treatment options available to you.

Choosing a Center for Addiction Treatment

There are many types of drug addiction treatment centers, so you should be able to find a center that caters to your specific needs. Once you have a basic understanding of what is available, you will be able to begin your search.

Outpatient Care 

While many people are in favor of outpatient care, critics are skeptical that is is a successful road to sobriety.

Outpatient care typically consists of treatment classes during the day, but patients are permitted to go home in the evening. Patients are drug tested often to ensure they are following the program.

In order for outpatient care to be successful, it is important that you have a stable home life to return to at night. Outside distractions can easily lead an addict to return to old habits.

If money is a concern for you, you may want to consider an outpatient care center, as they’re less expensive than most other treatment centers. Some well-known inpatient centers cost as much as $20,000 for a 30-day program, while the average outpatient program costs between $5,000 and $10,000.

This type of care requires determination and a realistic view of one’s ability to stick to the program. Many patients report that it is difficult to remain sober on their own.

Long-Term Treatment

Long-term inpatient treatment center programs take 60 days or longer.

The patient lives in the recovery center for the entirety of the program, which often leads to better results.

This type of rehab usually begins with a detoxification process. During this process, the patient goes through withdrawal in a controlled, safe setting. With doctors and nurses present to offer advice and even medication, the withdrawal process is made more bearable.

Many of these programs include day classes, exercise programs, and group therapy. A daily schedule is followed to maintain consistency and increase the rate of success.

Inpatient centers remove addicts from their current environment that may or may not elicit patterns of drug use. By eliminating outside distractions, you can focus solely on getting better.

Long-term rehab options are great with people who have struggled to overcome addiction in the past. Personalized treatment options are created to give you all the tools you need to avoid relapse.

Short-Term Treatment

There are facilities that offer programs that can be completed in 30 days or less.

While 30 days may not be enough to promote lasting change for most people, it can be a start to the road to recovery.

Short-term programs work best for people who are not heavily addicted. This gives them a chance to step back and evaluate their drug problem, then regroup.

In most cases, this is not enough time to recover from addiction. Some programs allow patients to extend the duration of treatment as needed.

Luxury Centers

Luxury rehab facilities are more expensive than traditional options. They cater to patients who are accustomed to a high level of customer service and amenities such as those found at luxury resorts.

The staff to patient ratio at luxury treatment centers is much lower. Because of this, patients receive more attentive, personalized care.

In addition to traditional therapy programs, luxury centers usually include services and amenities. These could be spa treatments, private rooms, golf, and gourmet meals.

If you are used to this type of lifestyle, a luxury center might make you more comfortable during the detoxification and treatment process.

Get Help Today 

Realizing you have a drug problem is often scary, and recovery isn’t easy. The first step is seeking treatment.

Treatment for addiction depends on the needs of the individual, and there is no standardized way to detox and abstain from drugs. Familiarize yourself with the various programs available. Then, you can choose the right center for addiction treatment for you.

You may feel helpless, but our team will work with you individually to develop the most effective program for you.

Contact us today for help finding your path toward personal recovery. 

Article Reviewed by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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