Questions To Ask When Seeking Treatment

Ask questions, get the facts, and then make the right decision.
The point of seeking for treatment for alcohol and substance abuse is so the individual can heal and go back to living an active life that contributes positively to societal growth. Countless individuals in the US alone enter into rehabs each year. As much as this helps, research has revealed that the vast majority of these people have been to rehab more than once after suffering a relapse.
In order to avoid under-treatment or getting lost in the crowd, you would need to research the right treatment center for yourself or someone you care about. A lot of us do not know what to look out for in determining the right treatment center. The following questions could be of great help:

Does the program include treatments that are supported by scientific evidence?

A combination of clinically managed detox and behavioral therapies is the most effective drug abuse treatment, according to experts.
Behavioral therapies are the most frequently used procedure of drug abuse treatment. It includes individual, family or group counseling. The aim of the behavioral therapy is to eliminate unwanted behavior and to encourage desirable ones using the same process that led to the formation of the unwanted behavior. In other words, it focuses on the problem with the goal of teaching new behavior in order to eliminate or minimize the old ones. It tackles a patient’s drive to change, provides incentive for abstinence, build skills to resist drug use, replaces drug-using activities with other worthwhile, productive and fruitful ones, as well as helps build healthier social relationship.

Does the program adapt as the particular need changes?

There is no single treatment that is appropriate for everyone
Just as every individual is unique, so are their needs. Sober Living Drug Rehab creates customized addiction treatment programs for each of our clients’ needs. Treatment plans are designed from a dual diagnosis perspective and are based on each individual’s substance abuse history.
For a treatment to be effective, it would have to attend to several needs of the individual not necessarily just his/her substance and alcohol use. An individual may need medication, family therapy, vocational rehabilitation, parenting instruction, legal services and so on. This approach provides the best result for many individuals and usually varies depending on the changing needs

Is the treatment duration enough?

There is no straight forward answer to this. Usually, the length of stay would depend on the severity and stage of the problem, as well as on the individual.
While majority of treatment programs with high success record rate require a minimum of 90 days of treatment, it could take others a lot more time to reach the same level of success. Recovering from substance and alcohol abuse is a process and it requires different stages of treatment. When patients prematurely abandon treatment, they may likely suffer a set back like in other protracted ailments. When relapse occurs, it is not necessarily a failure but a sign that treatment should be re-established and modified.
Programs should therefore plan on keeping patients in treatment for the appropriate amount of time, as research has shown that the best known outcomes usually occur with longer duration of treatment.

How does the 12 steps or similar recovery program align with treatment for drug addiction?

They supplement the treatment administered by professionals.
12 step programs are faith or alternatively based support groups. They are designed to engage people with a history of substance and alcohol abuse in a 12 step self-help group therapy. The group draws on the social support that members provide in their discussion to promote abstinence. Alcoholic Anonymous (AA), Narcotic Anonymous (NA) and Cocaine Anonymous (CA) are programs based on this model.
Most substance and alcohol addiction treatment programs encourage therapy in the course of treatment and even after formal treatment. Their ultimate goals align – to maintain abstinence.