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Choosing The Right Rehab


Choosing the right drug and alcohol rehab 2019

Making The Right Choice


With all the chaos and confusion addiction causes, it can be difficult to choose the right type of treatment.  When someone is suffering from substance abuse and addiction, inpatient treatment can be life-saving. Making the right choice on a rehab can be daunting, but we've put together a guide that should help.



Get an assessment.


It’s important to know about the facility where you plan to get treatment and understand how they are going to help you.  Make sure that they offer an assessment and clearly go over how their facility and treatment are set up. By allowing them to assess you, you give yourself a great opportunity to assess them.  You want to know what treatment modalities they use, and how equipped they are to handle your individual circumstance. If there are other mental health issues make sure they offer dual-diagnosis treatment.  Find out how long the typical length of stay is and what steps there are along the way. You want to make sure it’s a good fit for you and that you get an overall feeling that the rehab is there to help people.



Does the rehab take insurance?


The cost associated with inpatient addiction treatment can often be high.  For many people, without insurance, treatment is difficult. Make sure you fully understand the costs of treatment and what options there are.  Remember to ask these questions.


  • What insurance policies do they work with?  

  • Are payment plans an option?

  • What happens if my insurance runs out while I’m in treatment

  • Do you have any type of sliding scale for payment?


Before you sign anything, make sure you fully understand the financial component of treatment.  Due to the urgency of getting treatment, finances are probably not your first concern. This is understandable as your health and well being come first.  Still, look into the payment protocols so you can make sure the facility has your best interests at heart.


Is the rehab licensed and accredited?


Most states require a state license to be issued for a facility to operate.  Make sure that the facility is fully authorized to conduct the treatment they claim to offer.  Also, there are numerous organizations the certify and accredit facilities. Make sure that the facility in question is recognized and in good standing with at least one of these type of organizations.  This can be an important tool in distinguishing between legitimate providers and those more disingenuous.



What kind of structure does the rehab offer?


Often in addiction, our lives lack structure and accountability.  It might not be a fun thought, but rules, structure, and accountability will save your life.  It will allow you the opportunity to live a life not imprisoned by addiction and one where you can make your dreams come true.  Make sure the sure the rehab has structure in place and house rules. A treatment facility should be able to make you comfortable but also be able to hold people accountable.  Ask the rehab what type of structure they have and how they manage accountability.



How does the rehab view treatment ethics?



Unfortunately, in the addiction treatment industry, there's unethical behavior behind every corner.  Many facilities truly do not have the client’s best interest in mind and exist only as a means of profit.  This despicable behavior drives costs up, confuses society’s understanding of addiction and ultimately costs people their lives.  Make sure you ask the facility what their stance is on ethics in addiction treatment. You can read more about the ethics of treatment here - we wrote an entire article about it.




What work do they do with the family?


It's important that the facility offers education and therapy for the family and/or close ones.  These individuals can play a huge role in immediate support during early recovery.  Ask the drug and alcohol rehab if they offer family groups.  Do they do classes, provide education?  Do they do family therapy groups to keep loved ones in the loop and go over enabling, boundaries and codependency?  Make sure the rehab you are looking at does work with the family dynamic.




What do they help with as far as long-term aftercare plans?


Treatment doesn’t end after a thirty-day stay at rehab.  The recovery process is ongoing and proper attention is needed in the early stages.  A complete treatment plan should encompass the inpatient portion and then plans for living life afterward while being active in recovery.  This can be IOP programs, sober livings, 12-step meetings, and creating a network of clean and sober acquaintances. All of these aspects are important when considering the full continuum of care in regards to addiction treatment.  Make sure the rehab explains their position on long-term aftercare and what steps they take to help you build a foundation for success.


Choosing the best rehab is not easy but can really make a difference in the long run.  Write these notes and questions down, so you know what to ask the rehab representative you’re working with.


If you have any questions about what type of treatment is right for you or your loved one, call Coastal Addiction Center today.  We would be honored to be able to assist you in your journey towards recovery and a better life.


Coastal Addiction Center

527 S Archer St

Anaheim, CA 92804

1(844) 627-3268

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