Most people who participate in rehab programs not only stop taking drugs but improve other areas of their lives.
Consider Medical Detox
First, don’t forget that you might need to start with medical detox. When you’ve abused drugs for a long time, your body will have to go through detox to get rid of the leftover substances. Different drugs have different detox symptoms, and they can last for different amounts of time. They can all be dangerous, though, and experts recommend medical detox rather than attempting to detox alone. During medical detox, trained staff are available to help if an emergency takes place. You can find detox facilities that exist on their own, but some rehab centers also house detox facilities as part of the care that they offer. If you choose one of these places, you won’t have to travel between detox and rehab.
Your Specific Addiction
Rehab centers tend to tailor their programs to their clients’ specific needs. This personalization will be much more effective if the staff has experience dealing with your specific addition. Treating a cocaine addiction will look very different from treating a heroin addiction, for example, because those two drugs impact different parts of the brain. You might find a rehab center that only deals with your type of addiction, or you might find one that works with different kinds of substance use disorders. In any case, make sure that you see the name of your drug of choice on the center’s website. If the website doesn’t specify, call the center or ask someone you trust to make the call.
Inpatient vs Outpatient
Next, consider whether you or your loved one will thrive best in inpatient or outpatient care. Inpatient facilities usually provide the best option for those with serious substance abuse issues. In inpatient programs, participants live in the facility for 30, 60, or 90 days. Inpatient facilities are usually the ones that offer detox options. These programs tend to be highly structured, with a lot of different types of therapy and recreation.
Outpatient rehab is a great option for those with milder addictions. Participants live at home during outpatient rehab. They report to the rehab facility for therapy sessions and then go home at the end of the day. These programs offer counseling, support, and if appropriate, medication management. Many outpatient facilities offer therapy and recreation similar to those available from inpatient facilities. It’s important to note, however, that living at home might also mean living with potential relapse triggers. If you choose the outpatient options, make sure that you have a strong support network at home.
Next, look into the costs of the available rehab choices. The prices may be daunting, but don’t let the price keep you from getting help for yourself or for your loved one. Remember that there are free and subsidized options available. Your state government runs these particular options. What if you’ve really connected to a rehab center that you just can’t afford? In that case, you do have a few other options. These include:
We Can Help You Decide
Now, you’ve just read so much information that it might feel like your head is spinning. When your own addiction has made you feel horrible, or when a loved one’s addiction has made you exhausted, information can blur together until it stops making any sense. We understand. That’s why we’re here to offer you some clear and level-headed support.