6 Steps for Choosing an Addiction Center
11 August, 2022
Deciding to go to rehab for a substance abuse disorder (SUD) is a courageous step. Going through detox can be challenging, especially as you face withdrawal symptoms and burnout.
However, with proper care, you can make it through drug detox successfully with new coping mechanisms that will help you avoid relapse.
It can be a challenge to find a treatment center that will provide you with the care you need but doing so can be the first step toward a successful recovery. The six steps in this article can simplify this process. Following these steps can help you find a treatment center that has experience treating your specific SUD and other mental health conditions.
#1. Get a Formal Diagnosis
No two people are the same, nor are their SUDs. To start looking for a treatment center that will fit your needs, it is vital to receive a formal diagnosis that describes the severity of your substance abuse disorder and identifies any underlying conditions that need to be treated in tandem with your addiction.
For example, you may receive a polysubstance abuse disorder or dual diagnosis. In the case of polysubstance abuse disorders, you are addicted to more than one substance and may need additional care while recovering. Similarly, a dual diagnosis signifies an underlying mental health condition such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, or a personality disorder that will need to be treated to help you recover fully.
Understanding the full symptomology of your addiction will help you better pinpoint the level of care you need and the necessary expertise your treatment team must have to give you the appropriate level of care while you are detoxing.
#2. Write Out Your Values and Beliefs
Not all treatment centers cater to the same values and belief systems. Some treatment centers base their programs on faith, while others have more secular lifestyles focusing on medications and modern lifestyles.
Going to a treatment center that matches your values will give you a good foundation for your recovery process. After all, detox will already come with enough physical and emotional stressors, and it is vital that you feel comfortable and accepted where you are receiving treatment.
Writing out your values will help ensure that while looking for a rehab, you will consider whether their treatment philosophy is a good fit for you. Additionally, it will help you identify features of a treatment center that you may find intolerable, which will assist you in narrowing down your search.
#3. Take a Look at Your Finances
Unfortunately, rehab is not free, and knowing what you can afford in your treatment center will help you not only make a sound financial decision but also one that allows you to focus on your recovery rather than outside stressors.
Many options can help make rehab affordable, especially if you qualify for programs through your job like FMLA or have saved PTO. FMLA is unpaid leave, but it allows you to keep your insurance benefits while preventing your employer from firing you while you seek treatment.
If PTO and FMLA are not options for you, you may consider going to an outpatient treatment facility. Outpatient treatment facilities tend to be less expensive than inpatient treatment facilities, with the added benefit of being a part-time program. With the part-time nature of outpatient programs, you may still be able to go to work and take care of your daily responsibilities while receiving the care you need.
#4. Decide if In-State or Out-Of-State Is Best for You
When you develop an addiction, you often develop toxic relationships that enable substance abuse. While you are in recovery, it may be vital to cut contact with these relationships. If the community surrounding you encourages you to abuse drugs or alcohol, you will be likely to relapse.
Letting go of those relationships can be easier said than done. Going to an out-of-state detox facility can help you limit contact with people who would otherwise tempt you to relapse. Additionally, going out of state can be a nice change of scenery. Depending on the recovery program, it may offer excellent recreational opportunities that will help you rediscover yourself.
#5. Take Inventory of Your Support System
Addiction can isolate you from your loved ones. Although, this may not always be the case, especially if the addiction is less severe. You can still have a supportive family system and social circle and considering what effect the people in your life have on your well-being can help you decide on the right program for you.
If you need help reconnecting with your loved ones during rehab, many treatment facilities offer programs that will help you rebuild your relationships with friends and family members constructively and positively. Either way, having a solid support system during and after recovery can help prevent relapse.
Loved ones can be there to cheer you on and offer support when you are struggling with withdrawals, cravings, or burnout.
#6. Talk to an Admissions Counselor
The final step to finding the right treatment center will be speaking with an admissions counselor to learn more about their program offerings and the cost of treatment.
Additionally, speaking with a guidance counselor can help you better understand the credibility and expertise of the staff you will be working with during recovery.
Choosing the right treatment center should never be a quick Google search. It is essential to take your time to view your options to pick the facility most suited to you.
The Forge Recovery Center Matches Addiction Care to You.
At The Forge Recovery Center, we know firsthand that finding the right treatment center for you is critically important. Our expertly trained care team is focused on meeting you where you are and finding the treatment program that works for you.
Our staff has years of experience treating an array of substance abuse disorders, as well as any underlying mental health concerns. The Forge’s goal is to prepare you with the tools and resources to reintegrate back into a mainstream lifestyle without the need for drugs and alcohol while building lasting foundations with loved ones, providers, and peers to cheer you on.
We believe you deserve a life filled with happiness and help, and we want to help you on your road to recovery. For more information, contact The Forge Recovery Center today.