Dealing with the news that a loved one is struggling with drug addiction can be devastating. The thought of the fight they will have to put up to pull through the illness can be sad. The ensuing step you have to take is deciding on their course of treatment.
Committing them will be harrowing, but will be the best thing to do to get them the treatment they need. It may be confusing, but take the time you need to process and arrive at your decision. This few pointers will help you find the perfect treatment facility for your loved one:
When browsing for an addiction rehabilitation center near you, look for Joint Commission Behavioral Health accreditation, the highest possible certification for mental health and addiction service institutions. This accreditation signals an all-clear from a panel of external experts that have deemed the center’s treatment facilities and staff as excellent.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates the number of facilities you can choose from as 14,500. The location of your facility should be a critical deciding factor. You are advised to get your loved one away from their everyday environment, as that may have had a contributing factor to their addiction. You may also want a place that is serene, peaceful and offers them the seclusion they may need to recover.
You need to speak to your loved one’s doctor to determine the amount of time they will need to spend at the facility. This will help you choose a rehab center that avails variable treatment options for clients depending on the length of time they need.
About 40% of drug addicts also present with psychiatric issues like depression, anxiety, bipolar and PTSD, which are often the reason why they became addicts in the first place. For treatment to be effective, you need to seek a facility that also provides treatment for these illnesses simultaneously.
You need to choose a center whose team you can trust to help your loved one. You should carefully evaluate reviews of all staff, from the intake to the counselors, nurses and other caregivers.
The right staff will help break down the trust barriers between them and the addict, and therefore have a good start to the treatment process. Also, consider your loved one’s preference, for instance, are they more comfortable around women, youngsters, etc.
Every rehab facility offers different treatment approaches. Some may center treatment on spirituality, medication or positive connections with other people. You need to decide which plan best fits your loved one.
Experts recommend choosing a single gender facility. Romances tend to interfere with the process of recovery.
“Addiction Treatment should mimic cancer treatment and other long term chronic diseases,” says Brett Watson, intake manager for Advanced Recovery Systems, a company specializing in integrated behavioral health administration. The right treatment facility is one that meets the unique needs of your loved one at every step of treatment.