When searching for a substance abuse center, it is important to ask the right questions. There are so many substance abuse centers out there that it is easy to sign up for the first one that sounds promising. Before you sign up though, ask these 10 questions to find out if the substance abuse center is fit to meet your needs.
1. What methods of treatment are available at this substance abuse center?
Many drug and alcohol specialists, from psychologists to interventionists, have their own take on what methods substance abuse centers should use. It is important that you feel comfortable with the choice you make. In order to do so you have to know how the substance abuse center plans to treat your abuse problem.
2. Is this a gender-specific substance abuse center?
Gender-specific substance abuse centers can be advantageous for recovering addicts, as they eliminate the distractions caused by the opposite sex. Gender-specific treatment programs have shown to be very successful for both men and women.
3. Will I receive group treatment sessions or one-on-one sessions?
Although these questions may seem elementary, they are essential questions to ask. It is important to feel comfortable and open in your surroundings at the substance abuse center you choose so your full recovery is possible.
4. Am I allowed visitors and or phone calls?
The time you spend in a substance abuse center can feel lonely and sad because you are separated from the ones you love. It is important to know how much contact is allowed via in-person visits, phone, email, letters and care packages.
5. What is the cost of the substance abuse center?
Recovery from drug and alcohol abuse is priceless, but unfortunately some substance abuse centers can be extremely pricey. Although they are worth it, you have to find a substance abuse center within your budget.
6. What sort of amenities does your substance abuse center provide for its residents?
Substance abuse centers exist for all budgets and lifestyles, but like everything in life, you get what you pay for. If you want to recover in Malibu overlooking the ocean with a gourmet chef and spa treatments, it will be much more expensive than other options. Find out what kind of amenities are necessary for your recovery and work from there.
7. Do you have an activity program through which I can continue to enjoy my life and meet others?
While living at a substance abuse center you are not only paying for treatment but also for the facilities and activities. Find out what great benefits the center can provide for you while on your path to recovery.
8. What is the success rate of your substance abuse center?
Success rate is important when deciding on a substance abuse center but not something to obsess over. It is not something that should make or break the deal but a crucial statistic to know. Keep in mind, there is generally not an industry standard for measuring success, and that each substance abuse center probably has their own calculation for this number.
9. What type of support do you provide once I return home?
Starting treatment can be scary but leaving treatment to return to your normal life can be even scarier. Different treatment centers have different support services lined up for you when you return to your regular life. Make sure you are aware of these services and what is and isn't included in your total costs.
10. What happens if your substance abuse center doesn't work for me?
No one wants to think about the possibility of failing but it is a reality everyone must prepare for, no matter what the situation. Talk this over with your potential treatment facility and discuss the options if failure were to occur.
A list of 10 questions is only a start on your road to recovery. It is imperative that you ask whatever comes to mind so that you get the information that's most important to you. The treatment facility is there for you and your well being; take advantage of this chance to change your life for the better.
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