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5 Qualities to Look For When Comparing Rehab Centers

24.6 of the US population admit to using illicit drugs in the past month. The struggle with addiction is real.

Whether it is you or a loved one that needs help with addiction, you want to find a rehab center that is going to get the best results.

Not every center is going to be the perfect fit for you. You may want different things than the next person.

We have put together a list of qualities that we deem most important when you’re looking at facilities that offer rehab services. Continue reading this article to be better informed as you’re making your choice.

What to Look for in a Rehab Center

There is no good time to go to rehab. You might feel like you’re going to miss a chunk of your life or that of a loved one’s life. The alternative is to do nothing and that isn’t going to work, so use these tips to make the best decision possible.

1. Personal Treatment

Group therapy can be helpful but you also want the ability to find a program that gives you 1-on-1 attention. Depending on the rehab center, this may not be the standard practice. If you find the facility you’re looking into does not offer classes where you can work personally with a professional — go elsewhere.

In your 1-on-1 sessions, the professional should help you get to the root of the problem. While the drugs are causing problems in your life, there are other problems that are causing you to use drugs.

Without uncovering the cause, the symptom (drugs) will continue to plague you. Check to see if the program will give you access to private sessions at least once a week.

2. Family Programs

The whole family suffers when an addict suffers. The addict is not able to perform their normal tasks, which weigh heavily on the family, but most of all the health of the addict is a concern.

Family programs allow for support and help through the difficult process of getting clean.

When a family goes to get help while the addict is going through their recovery, this is going to be helpful to everyone involved. Having a healthy support system can make a major difference in how the addict recovers.

3. Exercise

Sitting around watching television and waiting for things to get better isn’t a strategy. A good program will incorporate exercise into the treatment program.

Exercise has many health benefits whether dealing with addiction or not and shouldn’t be neglected. Exercise helps the brain and it also helps the spirit.

4. Evidence-Based 

When you or your loved one go to a rehab center, you don’t want to go to a facility that tells you they are going to help. You want to go to a facility that has evidence that their program works.

There needs to be more than a good feel to the program to get you to get started with their program.

While 12 steps is a good start, you need to find a rehab center that goes beyond this level. Listen for terms like cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing.

5. Compassion

When you go to check out the rehab center, you should look beyond what they tell you. You should see how they interact with people and if they have compassion.

If the people that work at the center are not kind and caring, you should try another place. A condescending attitude isn’t going to help the addict, so make sure that you do your research on this part well.

How to Know if You or a Loved One Needs Rehab

You may not be sure if you or a loved one is in need of rehab yet. Many people think they are able to control their addiction. Even more people believe that they don’t have a problem at all.

You’ve Operated a Vehicle While High or Drunk

If you drive a car when you’re drunk or high, this is a serious offense. Not only does it put your life in danger but it puts other people on the road at risk.

If you’re caught driving under the influence, this will cause major problems in your life and could even land you in jail.

Destructive behaviors like this are a major sign that it may be time to go into rehab.

You Have a Health Related Problem

If your drug abuse or alcohol consumption is causing health problems that worry your doctor, you have a problem. Even when your doctor explains the health problems that are happening because of it, if you keep drinking or using drugs, this is a sign that something is wrong.

One sign of addiction is that you continue to do something when you know that there are consequences to your behavior. If a doctor tells you that your drinking or drug use is causing you harm and you continue using, you should seek help now.

The concern of Friends and Family

Your friends and family care about you. The fact that they are asking you to stop drinking or taking drugs is a sign that you have a problem.

Withdrawal Symptoms When You Don’t Use

Can you go a week, or even a few days, without alcohol or the drug of choice? If you find yourself experiencing mood swings, shaking, sweating, or other symptoms because of drugs and alcohol, you need to get help immediately.

Discovering Your Path to Recovery

We understand that choosing the best rehab center for you can be challenging. Now that you’ve got the knowledge you need to make a decision, we hope that you choose to get help right away.

Our professionals are ready to help you through the process. Contact us today to get the help you need.

About the Reviewer: Chris Barnes

Chris BarnesChristopher Barnes has worked in health care for over thirty years. He is a graduate of Alabama State University where he earned a double Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Work and Psychology in 1982. Christopher Barnes is currently the Director of Clinical services at The Discovery House where he has been employed for the past five years. Because of his extensive experience in health care & substance abuse he has an excellent rapport with constituents, clients, and other professional organizations in the counseling/social service community.