Having a loved one with a drug, alcohol or behavioral addiction problem can be a lot of stress and hardship. And the process of choosing the best rehabilitation facility for them can also be difficult. There are so many out there. And how would you know which one suits your loved one’s case the best?
While there are many facilities that offer somewhat the same kind of in-patient or and outpatient treatments, it is still best to weight your options to ensure maximum success, for your loved one’s sake–and yours too. Below is a guide on how to choose the right rehab for drug, alcohol or behavioral addiction that can help your loved one the most.
- First, determine what kind of result do you expect from rehabilitation. Different treatment programs can bring about different results for your loved one. Some consider attending meetings and being treated with prescription medicine to deter cravings is enough. Meanwhile, others can consider someone completing a 28-Day program is also a success. However, the success of treatment can go beyond that, to a point in the person’s life where he can patch up his family relations, gain good health and a healthy lifestyle, and even improve his outlook and behavior. It is important to ask the rehab how they measure their success and what their success rate is.
- Determine short-term or long-term treatment. Some rehabs take a relatively short time of in-patient programs while some take longer. Often, there are treatment programs that have programs that could last from 5 months to a year, or even more, depending on the resident’s progress. Different kinds of people with different addictions would also sometimes need longer time to be rehabilitated to become stable and sober.
- Prescription drug substitutes. Some facilities offer prescription medicines such as buprenorphine, methadone, or suboxone as part of its harm-reduction program. People who need these drugs are often trying to recover from heroin, prescription pain killers, and other similar drugs. However, keep in mind that this kind of treatment is not designed to foster sobriety but to reduce the hard the drug causes on the body by giving it a substitute. If your goal is for your loved one to stay sober and in recovery, then substitute drugs is not going to be part of your goals.
- Be careful of addictive substitutes. Other rehab programs may also rely on drugs like Xanax or Valium to help with the recovering person’s distress or other psychological conditions. Some of these may also be needed to address the person’s acute withdrawal symptoms. However, these are not the only solutions, and they may even become addictive. There are other programs, such as our program at Bridges of Hope, that focus on improving the person’s physical health through the use of vitamins, minerals, health diet and exercise. Being physically active can take the person’s mind off any distress and make them feel better about themselves.
- Can the program help the residents (the addict) alleviate cravings? Being inside the rehabilitation facility, and even after they leave and get back on their life in recovery, there will be times that they would still crave for their old lifestyle, and their addictive substances or activities. Many rehab programs do not address the root of these cravings, which lie within the resident’s behavior, lifestyle, and decision-making. Instead, they offer prescription pills to chemically suppress the cravings, frequent meetings with support groups and counselors to help them deal with recovery. However, if there is nothing in the program that helps address directly the cravings and instill recovery tools, the urge to go back to the addiction may just be stronger.
- Does it teach recovery life skills? No matter how long a person stay in rehab, or if he feels confident to take on the world outside, if he did not learn important recovery life skills, he may give in to his addiction once again as soon as problems come into his life. A person in recovery must be taught to avoid temptation as well as deal with problems and influences from drug-using friends. A thorough, holistic program must be able to help teach and apply life skills to make the resident successfully deal with any situation in life that will inevitably come his way. These life skills must also be thoroughly applied and inculcated so that they will stay with the resident for a long time after he leaves the facility.
- What is their stand on addiction and relapse? Many facilities think of relapse as a normal part of the process, while others believe that a thorough and effective program can help prevent it. A long-term rehab program usually addresses life skills while helping residents battle cravings head on without the need for prescription medication. With this program, it is possible that long-term or even complete sobriety is achieved after completion.
- Rehab is not an instant cure. Rehabilitation entails that a person’s behavior and attitude, which was built up for many years or most of his life, become influenced by a positive outlook and recovery life skills. And this definitely does not happen overnight. Many treatments promise sobriety over a 24-hour to a ten-day period. These programs may have alternative medicine, heavy drugging, aversion therapy, hypnosis, or even electro-shock treatment programs. While these facilities say that their methods can be effective, most people become sober only after the years (and even lifetime’s worth) of damage to the mind and body have been repaired–and this can take many months, to even a year.
Only you can know what your loved one may be going through and you can judge what is best for him. You and your loved one are the only ones that can answer which program works best for you.
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