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What To Ask When Seeking Drug Rehab

Jennifer Cousineau MSCP, LPCI, NCC

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Jennifer Cousineau, MSCP, LPCI, NCC

April 5, 2019

To benefit fully from a drug rehabilitation program, it’s vital to participate in one that works well with the individual’s personality, while also meeting their specific health and addiction needs. When seeking the ideal drug rehab center, the following questions can assist people in obtaining the best help for themselves or someone they care about.

Questions To Ask When Looking For A Drug Rehab Center

  1. Are The Specific Needs Of Each Person Considered? According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, personalized drug treatment programs are critical to a successful recovery. A rehab program that focuses on an individual participant’s needs will be able to explain how they customize program components to help those in recovery reap the most benefits. A cookie-cutter approach doesn’t work, but personalized treatment can be highly effective.
  2. Will The Program Adapt To Changing Needs? Once a person enters drug rehab, many changes take place. While going through the program and slowly recovering physically and mentally from substance abuse, the individual’s treatment needs can change. It’s important to ask potential drug rehab programs if (and how) they adapt along with the person so that needs will continue to be met throughout treatment.
  3. Is The Duration Of Treatment In Accordance With The Addiction? Different addiction factors can lead a person to needing a lengthier treatment period. An effective rehab program will take into account the substance the individual has been abusing as well as his or her health needs.
  4. What Type Of Treatment Components Are Included? Aside from critical components such as detoxification, counseling and life skills learning opportunities, some other components a program may or may not offer could be important to an individual. Some people seek a spiritual-based treatment program, for example. Some want to be involved in a 12-step program, while others want a non-12 step program. Knowing what’s important to the person can help find the appropriate drug rehab program for them.
  5. Is Detox Included? Medically supervised detoxification provides an important start to a drug rehabilitation program. In many cases, it’s dangerous for a person to detox alone. Participating in a physician-supervised program allows the individual to be supported by medical professionals, so that the patient achieves the best possible start to recovery without safety and health being jeopardized.
  6. What Kind Of Support Is Available After Treatment? Recovery from addiction is a lifelong process. Don’t be afraid to ask about the availability of aftercare once a treatment program is completed. We can help those seeking drug rehab to obtain help from a facility that includes aftercare planning in their program — ensuring that individuals in recovery can continue to receive the support and guidance to remain sober.

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  7. Is The Facility Sensitive To The needs Of Specific Populations?
    It is important to find a substance abuse treatment facility that not only acknowledges the differing needs of specific populations, but is also sensitive to those needs. Seeking substance abuse treatment as an LGBTQ+ person, a person of color or any other marginalized population can become overwhelming, especially if the person doesn’t know if they will be accepted when they enter treatment. Exploring how the staff and residents intend to address concerns such as these can help when seeking substance abuse rehabilitation.

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