In the grand scheme of things, it is necessary to remember what is important. You are important and the people in your life that you love are important. If getting substance abuse treatment is for you, first it is important to take inventory which means understanding who you are and what you need. There are many treatment programs available but you might be wasting your money if you don’t do your research first. Not all treatment centers are created equal; there are different treatment centers that specialize in different things. In my experience, finding a drug rehabilitation center that has what you need will be the best investment you can make. If the treatment center is for someone that you love, there are many resources that can help make your decision easy and right.
In the past there was a one-size-fits-all treatment approach that treatment centers used that is very cookie cutter and makes everyone the same - just another addict. In this way, the treatment centers are unable to be effective at treating people because they treat everyone the same way. We are all humans and we are all different. Treatment centers that work take each individual’s personality into account and create a recovery track that is feasible and sustainable are the best. People that have been in “cookie cutter” treatment often say that they just felt as if they were one in a herd, like animals, and that the program didn’t work for them.
While health insurance can cover the cost of a drug treatment program, finding the one that suits your needs is the most important thing. For me, I think there is something to be said about the environment. You need to feel safe in the environment and as though you and the staff are on the same team. Remember, the goal is your own recovery. Long-term recovery is hard and requires daily action in order to sustain. If you really want to get help, customizable treatment is the way to go. Nowadays many rehabs create a treatment plan with the client upon arrival. You sit down with a clinician and tell them your goals, needs and dreams. Then the action plan is created around what works for you. Usually there is individual therapy and group therapy, in many cases there is also family therapy which can be hugely beneficial to getting down to the core issues that activate addiction and substance abuse.
I love being able to help people through the use of an intervention. Often times a person isn’t quite ready to admit that they need help but the people around them have been suffering and see the suffering and decide to make a plan. Sometimes what an addict needs is just to see how his or her actions have hurt others as a stepping stone for learning how to get better and accept treatment.
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Cindy Nichols is the founder of 411 Intervention, a full-service intervention resource that helps individuals with addiction issues find treatment solutions. You can see an interview with Cindy here on Recovery Now TV.