What to Look for in an Inpatient Drug Rehab Center

What is an Inpatient Drug Rehab Center?

In order to understand, they must first understand what to look for in an inpatient drug rehab center. There are many different types of rehab centers, and they are not all created equal. The biggest factor that makes a clinic an inpatient one is that the patient lives and receives treatment in the same location. There are some clinics that only offer treatment, and then they house the patients offsite in the evenings. Patients in this type of treatment may still find success, but since they will not be monitored around the clock, their chances of succeeding are not as high. Now that it is understood what an inpatient drug rehab center is, it is time to discuss what an abuser should look for when they are trying to decide which rehabilitation center to attend.

How Long is the Treatment Program?

Once a true inpatient drug rehab center has been found, the next question that needs to be asked is how long the treatment program is. Most rehab centers will have programs of different lengths available. It is often said that it takes at least three weeks to break or make a habit, so the program should be at least that long. Depending on the extent of the addiction, this may not be long enough, so a longer program may need to be considered.

What Kind of Treatment is Offered?

The most important question that needs to be asked is what kind of treatment is offered at the particular inpatient center. The abuser needs to be sure that the treatment types offered are ones that they think will be effective in treating their addiction. Some of the most popular and beneficial treatment types that one should look for are family sessions, and group and individual therapy. They should also make sure that the rehabilitation center is familiar with treating patients with the type of addiction that the abuser suffers from. Almost all rehab centers will treat alcoholism and narcotic addiction, but painkiller and marijuana addiction may be harder to find.

Additionally, it is vital that the inpatient rehab center chosen offers medically supervised detox programs. The detox process is very hard on the body, and it should not be attempted without people nearby that know when things are going correctly and when they are not.  Another must is a relapse prevention program. Relapsing after treatment is very common, but when the abuser is armed with the tools they need to fight temptation, there is a lot higher chance they will never have to come back to rehab.

How Much Time is Spent in Treatment Each Week?

In addition to the types of treatment offered, an abuser needs to make sure that the rehab center offers at least 50 hours of dedicated treatment time per week. Any less than this and the abuser does not have as high of a chance to succeed. If an abuser is going to go to rehab anyway, they may as well get the most out of it.

What Amenities Are Offered?

It is true that the amenities are just additional perks of treatment and the most important thing is the type of treatment being offered. That being said, amenities may make the difference between an abuser staying through the entire course of treatment or trying to leave rehab early. The amenities offered help to make the abuser feel more at home. While they should not be the sole determining factor, they should definitely be considered. Some possible amenities include weekly outings, high-class food, recreational activities, and even spa treatments, such as massages. The abuser may also want to check if outside contact is allowed, and if it is, how much? For abusers with families, this can be very important.

Do They Cater to Specific Groups?

Some abusers may feel more comfortable if they are surrounded by people who are similar to them. If this is the case, it is imperative that they find a rehab center that caters to their specific demographic. For example, some women prefer to only be around other women while receiving treatment because they do not feel pressure to look good. Older patients may prefer to be surrounded by people of a similar age. Some rehabilitation centers may even have specific groups for gay/lesbian patients and people who are also suffering from mental disorders.

Do They Take the Proper Payment Method?

For some patients, the cost is not an issue. However, for most rehab patients, the cost is very much an issue. The abuser needs to make sure that the rehabilitation center takes their insurance. They also need to make sure that the rehab center is considered “in-network” so that they will receive the highest amount of benefits possible. Some rehab centers even accept Medicare and Medicaid, so this should also be confirmed, if applicable. If the patient does not have any form of insurance, it should be asked if there is a sliding scale to determine the rate paid, or if assistance is available for certain income levels.

Once it is confirmed that the rehab center is covered by the abuser’s insurance, the abuser should check with their insurance company to get an estimate as to what the out-of-pocket expenses will be. If this is not clear upfront, the abuser may be unpleasantly surprised once treatment is over, which is the last thing needed when just leaving treatment.

What Happens After Treatment?

Once it is confirmed that all of the above criteria are met, the next thing that needs to be considered is what kind of support the rehab center offers after discharge occurs. If recovering abusers are left out on their own immediately after receiving treatment, there is a good chance they will relapse. To ensure this does not happen, the abusers should check to see if they would receive a discharge plan that details out exactly what they can expect. Will they have pre-scheduled appointments with a psychologist in their city? Is there an outpatient program that they can be referred to? Will they be armed with a relapse prevention plan?

What Are Their Success Rates?

While this information may not be easy to find on all drug rehabilitation centers, it is worth investigating. The abuser may ask the rehab center for references that they can call. Are there previous patients that would be willing to give a personal referral to the facility? Does the abuser know someone who has previously attended rehab and found success? If the facility has a proven track record, that is always a good starting point for success.

Do They Care?

While all of the above questions can simply be asked of the rehab center, the abusers must decide for themselves if the facility really cares. Will they take care of the abuser throughout the entire process? Are they committed to success as if the abuser was a family member? When an abuser finds a rehab center that meets all of their needs and is full of staff members that really care, they will have a high chance of success, which is most important  of all.

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