Addiction and substance abuse are life-altering events. They can be devastating, or they can be opportunities for growth and change. When realizing that you have a problem with drugs or alcohol, it is imperative that you seek treatment to ensure a better quality of life.
Entering the right treatment center can mean the difference between life and death, so it is essential that you ask some questions as you determine which treatment center is right for you. Asking for help can be a very scary and vulnerable time in your life, and keeping in mind that these professionals are not only qualified, but caring and compassionate, will help you take the necessary steps toward health and healing. Here are some questions to ask the professionals at treatment centers to determine if they are a right fit for you:
What is your treatment goal?
You need to ask this question of yourself AND the treatment facility, for it is important that you are all on the same page with respect to your treatment plan and goals. What do their graduates achieve after treatment, and how do they go on to succeed in life? Knowing what to expect when you finish treatment will help you to move toward that goal.
What programs do you offer?
Every recovery center is different–their mission statement, core beliefs, and even treatment systems may or may not match up with your personal beliefs about treatment. It will be easier to successfully finish treatment if you have similar beliefs about recovery and the systems that they use to treat patients. Look for a center that resonates with you on every level.
How do you perform your initial assessment?
You’ll no doubt need a psychological and a physical evaluation so that you can be treated holistically. Treatment will not be effective if you are not made aware of what is happening with your mind and your body. Find an addiction recovery center that covers all of the bases with regard to an initial assessment, so that you can move toward sobriety with confidence that all of your needs will be met in treatment.
Is there a detox component to your program?
Your body has been through so much…mentally, emotionally, and physically. It is important that you find a program that encourages detox on all levels. Programs that offer comprehensive nutrition programs coupled with exercise and meditation are more effective than programs that don’t offer detox. Without a proper detox, you won’t have all the tools in place for an effective and permanent recovery.
Will you accept my insurance coverage?
You don’t need the added stress of trying to figure out how to pay for treatment; find a program that is covered or at least supplemented by your insurance. There are plenty of treatment options available that accept insurance plans; their goal is your health and wellness without the hassle of trying to figure out how to pay for it. Ask this question up front so that you don’t get bogged down with payment obligations when you enter the program of your choice.
What kind of training does your staff have?
It’s always nice to know that you are in capable–and trained—-hands. Asking what kind of additional training your staff has will put your mind at ease if and when a medical crisis should come up. Staff that are fully qualified to deal with addiction and recovery should be a first priority for any reputable program; look for programs that have certified staff that can meet all of your recovery needs and provide support when you need it the most.
What kind of support is available to me after treatment?
Treatment and recovery do not end when you complete a program–the process is a lifelong one of self awareness and healing. Finding a program that continues support options after you complete treatment is essential if you want to avoid relapse. Ask what kinds of support are available to you on an outpatient basis, and by all means, take advantage of these opportunities! They will help you to build a quality life post-treatment and beyond.
Making the choice to enter treatment and pursue recovery is a courageous one, and we want to help. If you are ready to take this important, life altering step today, call us at 844-639-8371 to begin your journey to total health and wellness. We are here with you every step of the way.