How to Choose the Best Rehab Facility
Drug and alcohol addiction can happen to anyone at any time. What was once the hard working single mother who enjoyed the occasional glass of wine after dinner is now the woman who drinks two liters of vodka a day just to function. What was once a vibrant high school cheerleader with limitless opportunities and potential is now a heroin addict who spends her days prostituting for her next fix. The disease of addiction knows no socio-economic, racial or gender boundaries.
Scientists have discovered that drug rehab and alcohol rehab requires the rehabilitation facility to treat multiple needs of the addict and not just the drug addiction itself. In decades past, many rehabilitation centers simply detoxified the addicts in the hopes that after the body no longer craved the drug in order to function normally, the addict would no longer abuse drugs. This approach, however, was shown to be extremely ineffective in the treatment for long term drug abuse.
Today, rehabilitation specialists combine medical treatments with psychological intervention and behavioral therapy to help the addict develop appropriate coping mechanisms to prevent relapse. In addition, most treatment plans provide ongoing support to recovering addicts to guide them down the path to lifetime sobriety.
The treatment plan for each addict is tailored to his or her current level of addiction. For instance, an alcoholic who has a strong family support system may do well under an outpatient treatment plan while a string addiction with no outside support may require an in-patient, intensive treatment program in order to be successful. The medical and psychological staff of each rehabilitation facility will cooperate to determine the best course of treatment for each individual who enters into treatment.
While counseling has always been the basis of drug and alcohol treatment, new therapies including pharmacotherapies, which involve using therapeutical drugs to assist in recovery, have gone a long way to making recovery less painful and more successful. Drugs such as methadone and suboxone are often used to ease the withdrawal symptoms of opioid addiction and some anti-depressant drugs have been shown to be advantageous to treating a multitude of addictions including alcoholism. In some cases, such as in depression, addiction has been shown to be the result of a chemical imbalance in the patient. In these instances, the appropriate drug therapy is instituted to correct the imbalance and improve the underlying condition to prevent future relapses. Drugs such as Naltrexone can also be used to prevent the addict from realizing any benefits from using drugs or alcohol by blocking the effects of the drug as well as suppressing the cravings generally associated by physical and psychological addiction.
Choosing the right treatment facility is paramount to the success of recovery. Choosing the best treatment center should revolve around a few key elements such as cost, location, insurance acceptance, size, age or other acceptance eligibility requirements, and how long is the inpatient treatment phase, if any? These are just a few of the factors involved when deciding which treatment center is the best for you or your loved one.
When researching drug treatment facilities, you have to prioritize certain factors in order to make sure you are making the right decision. For instance, if being close to family and friends is important, then searching for treatment centers in and around your hometown should be on the top of your list. Conversely, if cost is a major contributing factor to your decision, locating a center that accepts your insurance, if you have any, and fits inside your budget can mean that you wind up entering into treatment quite a distance from your home. In some cases, completely changing your surroundings will help kick start your recovery and some facilities will help defray the cost of travel.
Some of the best drug and alcohol treatment centers are located in Florida. This is due, in part, to the fact that Florida has a thriving illegal drug trafficking problem, which makes all types of illegal drugs available to native Floridians. Most of the Florida drug rehab facilities share the same visions and philosophies, though will vary in the services and approaches offered. However, many offer a medically supervised detox program before treatment actually begins.
Getting the most out of the treatment center you choose will also depend heavily on the atmosphere of the center itself. Larger centers can provide a larger variety of treatment approaches and the opportunity to meet a more diverse population of people who are in differing stages of recovery. This can serve to provide a much larger support safety net than a smaller facility. However, many addicts find a smaller, more intimate environment to be more soothing and effective than the larger, more institutional feel of big centers.
Choosing a drug or alcohol treatment facility is one of the most important decisions you'll ever make. Regardless of your selectrion criteria, make sure that you thoroughly research each facility before making your choice. That way, you can rest assured that you've made the best decision possible.