How To Start Your Search For Drug And Alcohol Treatment Programs?

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In your search for the right drug & alcohol rehab program, perhaps the most important step is to assess the psychological and emotional characteristics of the drug addict wanting to or required to enter a treatment program. A key to addiction treatment success is in matching the person with the addiction treatment program. For instance, a very independent and strong-headed individual probably will have a harder time accepting the approach that utilizes confrontational techniques in their drug addiction treatment. So, ask yourself the following questions before advancing to join any substance abuse and mental health treatment programs:

  • Is the addict a leader or a follower?
  • How does the addict tend to learn best? By listening, by reading, or by active involvement?
  • Would you classify the addict as a “strong-willed” or “weak-willed” individual?
  • In what types of classes in school did the addict receive the best grades?
  • What types of activities does he or she enjoy?
  • What types of local drug treatment support programs are available in the addict’s community?
  • How does the individual plan to pay for the program? Insurance?
  • Are family and/or friends willing to participate in some aspects of the treatment program?

The objective of this exercise is to find the right drug treatment program and have the best chance at success. Armed with the answers to these questions, you’ll better be able to evaluate the various programs available. 

Today’s drug or alcohol rehab centers offer a wide variety of addiction treatment options. No longer are programs based solely on the “12-step” model developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. 

If the addict is a good student who learns quickly in classroom situations, a program that contains many lectures might be appropriate. An athletic outdoors type would probably have the most success with one of the adventure-based programs. 

A person with strong religious beliefs might benefit most from one of the religion-based treatment programs, and there still are other treatment centers that specialize in dual diagnosis situations in which the addict also has known psychological issues or disorders.

Once you have taken the time to assess your own or your friend’s psychological and emotional characteristics, we offer a process for evaluating drug or alcohol abuse rehabilitation programs and deciding which one will provide the greatest benefit. The following is a list of some of the questions to consider. Be sure to seek the same details for any other treatment programs you may be considering:

  • What is the ratio of staff to patients?
  • Is the drug addiction treatment program affiliated with any particular religion?
  • Are detoxification facilities available?
  • What sort of activities are included in the program?
  • Is it purely group therapy sessions and lectures?
  • What is the focus of the drug treatment philosophy?
  • Are confrontational techniques used?
  • How many people have graduated from the program?
  • Is the program geared toward specific population segments such as teenagers, women-only, men-only, etc.?
  • What is the typical length of stay in the case of a residential treatment program?
  • Is the program supervised by medical staff?
  • Is the program court-approved?
  • Does the program offer an aftercare plan?
  • Does the rehab program offer support for the addict’s family?

The answers to these questions will help in choosing the right drug or alcohol abuse treatment program for sure.

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