Addiction Recovery Center

When looking at an addiction recovery center, you should do your due diligence to ensure the facility will be a good one for you.  Common questions to ask include: Will you be able to get any individual attention, What is the ratio of ”present” staff to patients, How strict is security to keep people from bringing drugs onto the facility, What is the treatment center’s treatment philosophy, What type of plan would my own addiction dictate using, What is their long term success rate and others like these.  The goal here is to make sure you feel as comfortable with the setting as possible.

Developing a trust and comfort level with the staff and doctors is important in helping ensure you get proper treatment.  If you feel a certain addiction recovery center, will be inadequate in some ways, you should continue to research others until you find one that is satisfactory.  Choosing the right facility from the start can save you a great deal of time and money.  In addition, it will increase the odds you will have a successful treatment.

Once the right addiction recovery center is chosen, most treatment programs follow a standardized process that is similar to the following:

  1. The first step is usually have a discussion with a rehab counselor. Some centers may even allow patients to bypass using a counselor by filling out an online assessment form instead.  The aim of this step is to get an initial assessment of what treatment will be best for the specific patient.  They will review the patient’s medical history, drug or alcohol use, severity of drug addiction, and other factors to develop an appropriate plan for the patient.
  2. The patient will enter a drug or alcohol detox program where they will be kept away from drugs and alcohol. The patients will experience withdrawal symptoms during this time.  The main goal here is allow the body some time to adjust without the drugs or alcohol and show the patient they can survive without their use.  The general time period ranges from several days to a few weeks depending on the individual patient.
  3. After the detox program is complete, the patient enters a drug treatment program. Here, the patient is taught how to deal with their addiction.  The staff will normally have the patient confront their feelings and drug problems.  They will also discuss bad situations to avoid and what can be done to create a positive environment to reduce the risk of relapse.  The length of time these programs take will vary.  However, many experts believe the best results come from those that offer at least 3 months of supervised care.
  4. After the patient is released from the drug treatment program, there is usually some form of a periodic follow-up program. Sometimes this will take the form of counseling sessions or it could be that the patients are given actual course work to complete.

We hope this information helps give you a starting point from which to consider different addiction recovery centers.


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