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What to Look for in a Heroin Rehab Center

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Last updated: 08/8/2019
Author: Addictions.com Medical Review

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If you’re ready to make a change in your life and stop your drug addiction for good, then a heroin rehab center is a great tool at your disposable. These types of facilities will assist you in detoxing and give you the education and inspiration you need to change your lifestyle.

However, choosing a heroin rehab center can be challenging. You might not know what to look for or how to determine if a center is legitimate. By keeping these following tips in mind, you can easily find the center that is perfect for you.

Appropriate Length

Rehab centers offer programs that vary in length. Some of the more common ones last anywhere from 21 to 28 days. However, there is no research that suggests this is an optimal time period for recovery. Instead, three to four weeks is often the maximum amount of time your insurance will pay for.

It all depends on how serious your addiction is. For younger people who are completely engrained with drug use, a three to six month therapeutic community is often best to help break their habits.

In reality, the length of the program isn’t that important. It all depends on the level of care at the facility as well as your seriousness about getting clean.

Private or State-Funded

Finding a drug rehab center in your budget is the crux of many drug users. You may have squandered your savings on your expensive habit or lost your job and health insurance, meaning you won’t have a lot of money to spare for treatments.

Luckily, there are options for people of all income levels. At the top level of care are private treatment centers, which can cost anywhere from $30,000 to $60,000 for a 30 day stay. Don’t let this discourage you, however, because there are ways to offset these costs.

Many rehab facilities are funded by state and federal organizations. Often, these types of centers allow you to pay what you can afford or offer payment plans that let you pay smaller amounts over a longer course of time.

There is also a federal program called Access to Recovery that provides vouchers for treatment on an individual basis. If you don’t qualify for that, however, try looking into clinical trials. While these treatments won’t have guaranteed success, they are usually free for participants.

Treatment Protocols Offered

One of the most important aspects of a treatment center to consider is past success rates. A good clinic should have a low recurrence rate because they help drug users curb their addiction on their first stay.

Additionally, treatment facilities should offer evidence-based treatment protocols. This means that the treatments used at the facility should have been researched and proven to be effective by scientists in clinical studies.

Some rehab clinics also like to focus around a certain methodology of treatment. Depending on your views, it might be appropriate to select a center that focuses on what is best for you, such as a faith-based program or a harm-reduction based program.

Even if it seems daunting, recovering at one of these centers is possible. Heroin rehab centers have helped thousands of patients get their bodies clean and step away from drugs forever.

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