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5 Things an Addiction Treatment Center Should Not Be Without

March 3, 2017 - - 0 Comments

Addiction Treatment CenterThere are often so many questions that a person has when seeking a drug addiction treatment center. You or someone you know may be at a crossroads in their lives and have finally admitted that help is needed. It’s a confusing time to be sure.

There are so many things that one could ask about a potential rehab they are looking at. You could go on and on about different topics and ideas you might have about what attending rehab entails. But what is most important?  Rather than focus on what might be served for dinner on Thursdays, here are the 5 things any treatment center you are considering attending should not be without.  Whether you are serious about your own recovery or helping someone else, these should absolutely be non-negotiable.

1 – Personalized Treatment Plans

There used to be a time when doctors thought that the addict just needed humility and discipline in their lives.  Many treatment centers still exist that operate in this way.  They might try to teach you what “hard work” means, as they ask you to scrub toilets with a toothbrush or to fold your laundry into perfect 6-inch squares.  As time has progressed in the world of recovery, there is more and more evidence that there is no, “one size fits all” in the recovery world.  There are so many types of people out there with a variety of different addictions, mental health issues, and other conditions to contend with.  Once your background has been revealed and all of your issues disclosed during intake, the staff can create a specific program and treatments for you that will offer the most benefit, and make the most of your time there.

2 – A Competent, Well Trained Staff, Including a Medical Doctor

In recovery, anything can happen, and there needs to be a trained, capable staff to deal with whatever arises.  More important though is the level of care and attention given to each patient.  Drug addiction treatment is difficult and you will have both good days and bad ones.  It’s nice to have a caring soul who can listen to you on the bad ones, and who know what they are doing help you to feel better.  You will be working with the staff every day so it’s important you feel comfortable with the people who will be with you the most and who know how to deal the many issues that arise.  

Having a medical doctor on staff is also important.  Not just to deal with any routine medical issues that arise during treatment, but who can be present during an emergency situation, like an overdose.

3 – Clean, Comfortable, Calm Environment

Since you are going to be in a facility for 3 months or more, you should be in a place you feel comfortable with.  Your comfort shouldn’t just extend to the how nice the couches are or the art on the wall.  It means that the facility is properly managed and kept clean and that safeguards are in place to eliminate as much negativity as they can.  Without any worries in this regard, you are free to focus on your recovery.

4 – An Ironclad Reputation

With addiction levels currently at an all-time high, new drug addiction treatment centers are popping up all over the place.  Some can be shady or disorganized.   If you are able, talk to alumni from each facility you are considering.  Have they ever dropped the ball in a serious way?  Has their certification ever been revoked?  Get as much information as you can.

5 – Aftercare Programs

Finally, your road to recovery does not stop when you leave rehab, it begins.  There should be continuing groups and education you can access after you leave and this needs to be part of your plan.  Perhaps there is an ongoing family issue that was caused by the addiction.  There must be support offered to help deal with whatever you are dealing with in recovery.  These can help you stay sober long term, which is of course, why you went to treatment in the first place!

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