Drug Treatment

How to Make Drug Treatment Work for You

Aside from the differing methodologies of rehabilitation centers across the globe, there are consistent factors that make Drug Treatment effective for patients. If you have been through drug rehabilitation before, either as a patient or the family or friend of a recovering addict, you will know that drug treatments are not always successful. There are key differences that make some Drug Treatment work and others a failure.

Patient's will to get better

When the addicted individual decides that s/he wants to overcome addiction, the Drug Treatment will work. Addiction recovery treatments are seldom an easy process, but the drive to get better will make complete recovery a clear possibility. Relapses root from the patient's resistance to detox and counseling programs. When the patient wants to overcome the addiction and reclaim his old life, things tend to fall into place.

Family and peer support

Whether the patient is still inside the rehabilitation center or already back in the care of his family and friends, peer and family support will always make Drug Treatment more successful. As long as the recovering patient is surrounded by loving family and friends, s/he will always find the strength to ward off addiction triggers. A hostile or indifferent family or a group of peer pressure from close friends counteracts the efforts that have been put into the Drug Treatment.

Holistic program

While not the only factor that contributes to the success or failure of Drug Treatment, the methodology of the rehabilitation center does make a difference. The most effective drug rehabilitation centers treat both the physiological and psychological needs of the patient. The detox treatments should be as comprehensive as the counseling programs. If the rehabilitation center focuses only on the detox or only on counseling, the Drug Treatment won't be effective.

There are many psychological and environmental factors which factor in to the rehabilitation process. Pressures at work, from the home or even behavioral disorders which the patient may have already been suffering from before the addiction happened can trigger an addiction. A true expert in drug rehabilitation would consider these external factors and treat the patient according to his specific needs.

Looking for financial aid

Unfortunately, not everyone is financially armed for the best rehabilitation services available. Some may need the privacy of residential rehabilitation for them to recovery, but not everyone can afford these facilities. If you feel that you or your loved ones budget would not allow for the specific treatment needed, financial support from social services can help. Many grants for drug treatment get approved.

Even if your grant is not approved, social services can refer you to the best rehabilitation centers available within your budget. Although a source of reliable information, make sure to scrutinize the rehab programs because your recovery, or your loved one's recovery, depends on the treatment provided.

Choosing a Drug Treatment Program

Questions to Ask When Choosing a Facility

If this is your first time seeking drug treatment for yourself or a loved one, it would be helpful to know which questions to ask when searching for possible programs. Recovery Now TV will guide you in making the most appropriate decision based on your individual needs.

When researching treatment programs, consider the questions below to help guide you to making the most appropriate decision for treatment.

  1. Will the treatment facility work with your health insurance company? If you have health insurance, please click here or scroll to the bottom of the page to pull out the complete information guidance page for using your health insurance carrier to help you get into a treatment facility.
  2. Where is the facility located? Oftentimes, treatment facilities will urge you to travel out of your area. Consider the list of pros and cons below for traveling out of the area for treatment.

    Getting drug treatment out of the area:

    • PRO- Getting out of the area for drug treatment will help an addict to focus on themselves rather than their familiar surroundings.
    • PRO- Going out of the area for drug treatment creates a mindset where a client is taking a journey for their recovery
    • PRO- If the going gets tough in treatment, a distance between the home and the treatment facility might affect a person's decision to not give up and to stay in treatment.
    • CON- Going to a rehab treatment center out of the area puts distance between you and your loved ones. Most treatment programs offer a family component and a long distance could make it difficult for supportive family and friends to participate in the treatment program
    • CON- Going to a rehab center out of the area might make it difficult to return to the home environment. If you choose to go out of the area for treatment, it is crucial to make sure that the treatment facility has a discharge planning process which includes assistance in finding outpatient and Twelve Step Support systems for when you return home.
  3. What governing body is the treatment facility licensed through? All treatment programs providing therapeutic services and treatment planning, must be licensed by a State governing body. If one of the facilities that you are considering is NOT part of the RecoveryNowTV network, then you will need to make sure that the facility is licensed through the state.
  4. Is the facility accredited? If so, what is the accreditation agency governing the facility. Accreditation is a true sign of a quality and safety assurance plan for a facility. While accreditation is not mandatory for a facility, it does provide a higher level of standards for a facility to adhere to. The two major accrediting bodies are The Joint Commission (JCAHO) and Commission on Accreditation of Rehab Facilities (CARF). Both accrediting organizations ensure that the facility actively participates in rigorous quality and safety improvement protocols.
  5. What does a typical day entail? Have the treatment facility go through the daily schedule and feel free to ask questions of each item on the schedule. This will give you an understanding of all of the services offered. This will allow you to take full advantage of the treatment protocols being offered.
  6. What is the price of the treatment? Are there additional costs over and above the stated cost? Is there a daily rate? Is there an early termination policy?
  7. Is there an extended care program? When searching for a drug rehabilitation program, if time and your schedule permits, then it is recommended to enter an extended care program or a structured sober living environment. This will ensure that the re-entry back into daily living, is a safe transition. Many programs offer a step-down or sober living program which includes mandatory Twelve Step participation, curfews, and drug testing
  8. Is there a program in place for relapse? It is important to know if the treatment program will support you during a relapse. Many programs have a relapse prevention or a refresher course in case of a relapse. Although many people do not want to consider readmitting to a treatment facility, it is important to know that your treatment program will support you if you have a relapse.

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