When choosing an addiction treatment program, it is essential you choose the option that is best for your needs.
1. Make a List
When you are attempting to choose the best addiction treatment program for you, make sure you start out by making a list of all your needs and the options you will require from your treatment program. Do you need help finding a job or housing after your program ends? Do you require a certain type of medication or are you looking for specific holistic treatments to supplement your recovery program? Remember to write all of these down.
2. Don’t Forget Non-Addiction Needs
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Effective treatment attends to multiple needs of the individual, not just his or her drug abuse.” This can include needs associated with your culture, ethnicity, age, gender, disability, etc. For example, will you require kosher meals or help with a language barrier?
3. Consider Your Budget
Obviously, the cost of treatment shouldn’t be the most important variable of your recovery, but it should factor in. The best way to ensure that you find a treatment program that suits your financial needs is to make a budget, taking into account your regular bills and expenses as well as how much you will be able to pay for treatment.
4. Choose a Program You’re Comfortable With
As stated by the NIDA, people must stay in treatment for the full length of the program in order to receive all the benefits of care. This is much easier if the individual feels comfortable in the facility. So make sure you choose a program that offers care with which you are at ease. If you have chosen a religious rehab center but are not religious yourself, this can lead to discomfort, and possibly, the issue of wanting to leave the program early.
5. Remote vs. Local
Make sure to ask yourself if you would prefer to seek care in a remote program or a local facility. Some people need to get away from their daily lives and go into a treatment center far away, while others would prefer to save money and stay close to home.
6. Inpatient vs. Outpatient
It is also important to consider whether inpatient or outpatient care is a better choice for your needs. According to a study from Psychiatric Quarterly, those who have a high psychiatric severity (including individuals suffering from comorbid mental disorders) or those who do not have a strong social support system at home may want to choose inpatient care as a safer, more beneficial option for recovery.
7. Create Your Goals for Recovery
It can also help to make a list of your goals for recovery or the changes you want to make to your life through treatment. Once you know what you are aiming for, you can better choose a program that will help you achieve these goals.
8. Listen to Advice––But Ultimately Make Your Own Decision
Family members and friends will often want to weigh in on what type of treatment you need. This can get overwhelming fast, and sometimes, patients forget they are the ones seeking treatment, not their loved ones. Therefore, it is best to listen to the advice of others but to choose the program you feel best suits your needs.
9. Visit the Facility
If you believe you have found the best option for your recovery, always tour the facility before you commit to receiving treatment there. This will allow you to truly get an idea of what you will feel like in the space and if it will be comfortable for you.
10. Listen to Your Gut
It may sound silly, but if you just feel off about a particular program and don’t know why, listen to this feeling. You may avoid a real problem with a treatment center that does not make your feel comfortable or isn’t offering you the best care you need.