Not all treatment centers are the same. You’ll want to do some diligent research to choose the best drug treatment center for drug abuse. To do this, you’ll need to know some important details such as what drugs your loved one is on, and how long your loved one has been on those drugs.
Keep in mind that you likely have no exact details even if you think that you do. Most addicts are good at hiding the truth from those who aren’t addicted, and if you believe that the person has been an addict for six months or less, you may be looking at a year or less than the person has been a drug user. Read more about why drug addicts lie: https://www.narconon.org/blog/drug-addiction/why-do-addicts-lie-and-manipulate/
You’ll also need to know the age of the drug addict. You don’t want to throw a teen in with adults or an adult with teens. There are different triggers for each group, and your loved one is going to need to learn this information from the right age bracket.
After you have this information, you can begin making phone calls to the treatment centers. Here are a few essential questions that you’ll need to ask the potential treatment center that you’re considering for your loved one:
- What insurances do you accept? Will you take my insurance?
- Do you offer both detox, inpatient, and outpatient treatment options as well as aftercare?
- How long does your treatment program last?
- Does the addict get individualized treatment plans or is it a “one size fits all” type of recovery program?
- What experience does your staff have in working with addicts?
- How long has your treatment center been in business?
- What is your success rate?
- What does a typical treatment protocol look like?
- What does an average day look like in your facility for the addict?
Understanding the answers to these questions (and any other problems you may have) will go far in helping you to choose the best treatment center for your loved one. Not all treatment centers are created equal, and you’ll have to do some research to find the one that you feel is the best fit for your loved one.
Different drug treatment centers treat addiction differently. Some use a 12 step program and others do not use a 12 step program. Some treat drug addiction as a disease while others treat addiction as a choice. You’ll want to know how the treatment center is going to approach your loved one’s addiction before you send your loved one there for treatment.
Many treatment facilities have a “family weekend” wherein the family members go to the facility and spend some time learning valuable tools about addiction and their loved one. The family may even sit in on specific group sessions that the loved one attends and gain a new understanding in regards to the addiction.
This is an excellent way for families to learn more about addiction and how they can help their loved one after they’ve gone through treatment and beyond. Aftercare should always be included in treatment for addiction as this is when the patient is most vulnerable as they restart their life.