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Choosing the Right Behavioral, Alcohol, or Drug Rehab for You

The process of choosing the best rehab facility — whether for alcoholism, drug addiction, or behavioral addiction issues — can be confusing. With so many available options, it may be tempting to just pick any facility. While most facilities will employ similar treatment models, it is important to take time to consider your options. Finding a program that fits well with your individual situation and preferences increases the likelihood that you'll have a more productive rehab experience.

First, you'll need to determine if residential rehab or outpatient treatment is your best choice. Inpatient addiction treatment facilities require those suffering from addiction to live at the rehab center during the duration of the treatment process. Patients live onsite 24 hours a day, allowing them to focus solely on their recovery during that time. Inpatient treatment can be highly effective, with success rates increasing for those spending at least 30 to 90 days in a program. Outpatient treatment options exist for those those who prefer to live at home and attend counseling and medical treatment at the rehab facility.

Inpatient Addiction Treatment

The first phase of inpatient rehab often includes detox. During detox, the patient is slowly weaned off the substance of abuse. Because the body has become accustomed to specific levels of drugs or alcohol, the patient may experience withdrawal symptoms as the substance leaves the body. Sometimes these withdrawal symptoms are very severe and even life threatening; for this reason, detox under medical supervision in a professional facility can be a good choice. However, those suffering from behavioral addictions, such as to gambling or sex, generally do not experience a physical detox period.

Most inpatient treatment programs cater to the needs of individual patients, adjusting treatment according to what the patient needs at a particular point in recovery.

Treating the psychological addiction to drugs, alcohol, or behaviors is traditionally the second step of the inpatient rehab process. Normally, this phase of recovery involves medical, psychological, and peer support. Most inpatient treatment programs cater to the needs of individual patients, adjusting treatment according to what the patient needs at a particular point in recovery. Individual counseling sessions, group therapy, life skills courses, and complementary activities are generally included as well.

Several types of residential treatment programs exist. Holistic programs approach treatment from a whole-body perspective, incorporating various natural therapies to promote overall health and contentment. Gender-specific rehab programs offer care for women or men only, allowing each gender to focus on their recovery without distractions from the opposite sex, and to address certain issues that are particular to their gender. Teen rehab programs address the unique challenges teens face in recovery, and religious rehab programs incorporate various religious philosophies into their treatment models.

If you or someone you know is searching for an inpatient rehab facility, contact us or call us at 1-888-341-7785 to speak with an advisor today. 

Outpatient Rehab Options

Just like inpatient rehab, various outpatient addiction treatment models exist. Prior to beginning an outpatient rehab program, a patient meets with an intake counselor who will assess the patient's individual situation. The type of addiction, its duration, and the individual's health and life commitments will all factor into placing the patient in the best program possible. Outpatient programs vary in length, depending on the specific needs of the patient. Some may involve daily eight-hour programs, whereas others may only meet for one to two hours per day.

Outpatient rehabilitation employs some of the same treatment practices as inpatient care, such as individual therapy, group support groups, and life skills workshops. Most participants in an outpatient program will be required to take weekly drug tests to ensure they aren't relapsing when they are away from the facility.

If patients suffer from multiple addictions or an addiction and mental health issue concurrently, outpatient care is not recommended. Likewise, outpatient treatment is not advised if the patient has had prior rehab treatment that resulted in relapse post-treatment.

Is Group Therapy Effective?
We asked 379 alumni to rate their satisfaction with a variety of treatment centers based on selected criteria.

We found that those who had a positive group counseling experience were 168% more likely to recommend their treatment facility to others. This suggests that group therapy plays a big role in treatment success and satisfaction.

Extended-Care and Long-Term Rehab

Extended care is ongoing treatment that continues after a patient has completed a rehab program. This care may come in many forms, from extended-care treatment facilities where patients live, to support groups that those recovering from addiction regularly attend. Most patients choose some form of extended care in order to support their lifelong sobriety.

Extended-care facilities are appropriate during a different point in the recovery process than long-term rehab centers. Extended-care facilities are available to people once they have completed a long-term rehab program but would like additional support prior to returning home. Sober living homes are a form of extended-care facilities that can offer a transitional environment of support before a person returns home. He or she lives in a facility with other people in recovery, takes on daily responsibilities such as chores and a job, and attends group therapy sessions. Since the person lives in a sober environment with likeminded peers, there is less of a likelihood of relapse than if he or she were to immediately return to a home environment.

Long-term rehab has a high success rate for those suffering from severe addictions.

Long-term rehab is simply traditional inpatient rehab that involves a long-term stay. It has a high success rate for those suffering from severe addictions, and also those who are having trouble with chronic relapse. Most long-term programs provide various resources, such as detox facilities, support groups, counseling, and even classes that can prepare the patient to live a stable life outside of the rehabilitation center.

The length of the program is often determined by the patient's own progress, and the treatment duration can vary from a single month to nearly a year. Most reputable facilities will only use specified timeframes as a guideline to gauge a patient's overall progress. If the patient has not achieved certain goals by the end of the designated time, the patient will not move forward to the next stage of the rehabilitation process. The focus is the patient's progress in recovery, rather than simply checking off days and moving on.

It is also important to note that long-term rehab facilities are not located in a hospital setting. Most facilities are set in a modern and comfortable home-like environment and staffed with qualified and licensed healthcare professionals. These types of programs provide 24-hour care and behavioral monitoring, full staff participation in the recovery process, and tailored programs designed to fulfill the needs of the patient.

Through the use of a structured treatment program, patients in recovery can learn new ways of thinking and acting. These changes will make patients aware of past behavior and help them create plans to avoid slipping back into the destructive habits and dependencies that brought them into rehab in the first place. Long-term treatment will only be effective if it can meet the requirements of the individual in rehab, and like other treatment options, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to long-term rehab. It is imperative that the treatment be flexible in order for patients to effectively find their own way through recovery and to prevent a possible relapse. In addition to treating the patient, family services should be available for everyone who was affected by the patient's addiction.

Peer support groups and 12-step programs are types of extended care that provide patients with regular ongoing support in dealing with their addiction. Joining these programs is entirely voluntary, but many long-term treatments encourage patients to enroll for the vital support network these groups offer. These treatments provide sponsors and even mentors who can be reached at any time when the recovering addicts feels like they need support or guidance.

Ongoing care for lifelong addiction recovery comes in many forms, and it's important for patients to find what works best for them. For some, this may mean monthly sessions with a therapist. Others may find daily meditation classes helpful while others may participate in weekly AA meetings. The important part is that those in recovery have some kind of aftercare plan in place to help them when temptation strikes.

If you'd like more information about rehab facilities or extended-care options, contact us today. Our support staff is available and ready to answer any questions you may have about choosing the right rehab center. Don't let another day stand between you and your long-term health — call us toll-free at 1-888-341-7785.

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8 thoughts on “Choosing the Right Rehab”

  1. Kelly M.

    What are the best drug rehab centers?

    1. rehabs.com

      The best rehab center for you will depend on your particular situation with addiction. It’s important to choose a rehab program that is well-versed in addiction treatment, and ideally in your specific addiction. You can call our toll-free number and we’ll be happy to discuss your options with you. All Rehabs.com affiliate facilities are high-quality, evidence-based programs that have proven track records in helping addicts reach recovery.

  2. Greg B.

    What is the difference between inpatient and outpatient rehab?

    1. rehabs.com

      Inpatient rehab requires the person who is suffering from addiction to stay in a facility 24/7 until they complete the rehabilitation process. Outpatient services are less intense and allow the person who is going through treatment to live at home, while attending treatment sessions at the facility.

  3. Beth B.

    What is a peer mentor?

    1. rehabs.com

      A peer mentor or sponsor is a person the patient can contact when they are feeling uncertain about their life and recovery, and feel like relapsing into addiction. Oftentimes, mentors will only interact when contacted by the patient; however, a sponsor will go out of their way to check up on the progress of the person they are sponsoring. Sponsors are common in most 12-step treatment groups.

  4. Sean T.

    What is detox?

    1. rehabs.com

      Detox is the process a patient undergoes when their body is being cleared of any toxic substances, including alcohol and drugs. The process is not always easy; in fact, for those with a heavy addiction, the withdrawal process can be very painful. It is recommended that a person who is going to go through detox stay at an inpatient addiction treatment facility so their withdrawal symptoms can be monitored by medical personnel.

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