25 Sep 7 Questions to Ask a Rehabilitation Center
The idea of seeking professional treatment for a substance abuse problem can be overwhelming. You’re no longer wondering if you should seek treatment for drug abuse. You’re preparing to make a major change in your life. Although this change is for the better, you might be worried about what the detox and treatment process will entail, and what to expect from a drug treatment program. You might also want to know how you can pick the right rehab program.
You will be investing a significant amount of time, money, and faith in a treatment program, so you want to make sure that you pick the best fit for you. For this reason, you’ll need more than hard work and perseverance to make a successful recovery from drugs or alcohol. You’ll also need to do your research before you even begin the recovery process. The team at HARP has created a list of seven important questions you should ask yourself and the rehab facilities you’re reviewing before you commit to a program.
Does the rehab program accept insurance?
If you do your research, you’ll find that most rehab programs accept insurance. However, there are some that do not. In addition to determining if the center accepts insurance, you need to determine if the program accepts your particular coverage plan. Every center is different, so some might not accept your coverage and others might only cover a portion of your stay at their facility.
If you find the rehab program of your dreams, but it won’t accept insurance or your specific insurance plan, you might want to consider asking the facility if they offer financing plans or payment options such as a sliding scale. These types of financial assistance can make rehab more affordable if using your insurance is not an option or if you don’t have insurance coverage for a rehab program.
What is the cost of the rehab center?
It is important to consider the cost of a rehab program. A number of factors influence the cost of a rehab program. One such factor is the amenities. Some rehab centers are quite luxurious, offering gourmet meals and massages. However, there are extra costs associated with fancy private facilities and professional chefs. Many people find that their budget doesn’t allow them to indulge in such luxuries.
While you do want to be as comfortable as possible during your stay in a rehab program, many of these additional perks are unnecessary. Always be sure to read the fine print to see what exactly is included. Sometimes, certain activities and amenities will cost extra and are not included in the initial price. Instead of looking at the perks, you should carefully consider the quality of the rehab program.
When thinking about the cost of a rehab program, it’s important to also consider how far the program is from your home. If the program is far from home, you might need to factor in transportation costs such as airfare.
Finally, whether you have a roommate can influence the cost of rehab. Many rehab programs see communal living as an important part of the long-term recovery process, so you can expect to be paired up with at least one roommate in a dorm room or apartment setting. However, privacy and personal space may be necessary for some people. Certain rehab facilities may be able to give you a single room or apartment for an additional fee.
Before committing to a program, you can always talk to the treatment center to find out more about pricing, payment options, and financial assistance programs.
How long is the rehab program?
The length of each rehab program can vary. While shorter rehab programs can last two weeks to 30 days, longer programs can last up to six months or even longer. In fact, some rehab programs can alter your individual program to be longer, if you need it. However, keep in mind that not all rehab programs have this flexibility. Some centers have a strict checkout timeline.
While the most common type of rehab program is 28 days in length, this may not be enough time to overcome the complex physical and psychological effects of drug addiction. Many people will need significantly longer than 28 days to achieve and maintain long-term sobriety.
Does the rehab center include detox facilities?
It’s common for men and women to come to a rehab facility while they are still under the influence of alcohol or drugs. For this reason, most rehab centers will offer medically supervised detox services. In most cases, detox is advised for patients, because certain substances can have withdrawal symptoms that can be dangerous or even fatal. If the rehab center that you’re interested in does not have a detox facility, you should consider attending a separate detox program before you enter the rehab center.
Related to the question of detox is how the rehab facility handles their clients’ cravings. Even after the initial withdrawal period, men and women may struggle with intense cravings on a daily basis. Some programs offer prescription medications and counseling to help the person manage their cravings.
However, some of the most effective programs use detox, nutrition, counseling, and other techniques to help men and women alleviate their strong cravings. When you are able to control your cravings, you can focus on developing the skills and coping strategies you need to maintain long-term sobriety.
Does the rehab program use other drugs to treat addiction?
Many drug treatment program use medications like methadone, Suboxone, or buprenorphine to help people recover from addiction to substances like heroin and prescription painkillers. In these types of programs, the goal is not to achieve sobriety, but to replace the illicit drug with a prescription substitute.
Aside from substances like methadone, rehab programs may also use benzodiazepine drugs such as Xanax or Valium to help men and women overcome the withdrawal symptoms that occur during the detox process. As an alternative to benzodiazepine medications, some rehab centers may emphasize improving physical health before undergoing detox. With proper nutrition and exercise, many men and women experience improved mental clarity and calmness.
Before entering a rehab program, you should ask what medications they prescribe to their clients and why. You want to ensure that you get the answers you need before committing to the program.
Does the rehab program teach critical life skills to assist with recovery?
Even if you feel refreshed after leaving a rehab program, you will only be able to maintain your sobriety if you have the appropriate coping strategies and skills. Daily life contains problems, temptations, and stressors that can derail the progress you made in rehab. It is critically important that the rehab center you select teaches you how to successfully deal with temptations and problems, so you don’t return to substance abuse.
You should only consider attending a rehab program that teaches life skills to its participants. If the program does not, all of the progress you made while in rehab could be lost when you return to your daily life.
In addition to life skills training, the rehab center you select should provide counseling to help you overcome destructive thought patterns. Many people who are suffering from addiction find that they have feelings of low self-esteem and self-worth, while others may find that they are unable to cope with their emotions without the assistance of drugs or alcohol. Psychological counseling can help you overcome destructive thoughts and work through emotional issues.
Does the rehab program consider the physical aspects of recovery?
Drug and alcohol addiction take a heavy physical toll on a person’s body. Multiple studies have shown that men and women have very poor physical health when they enter a rehab program. For example, people who suffer from opiate addiction tend to have malnutrition, while people who are battling alcohol addiction often have anemia and nutritional deficiencies.
There is evidence to show that rehab programs with nutritional support produce 60% to 80% success rates, in comparison to 17% to 50% success rates in programs that offer no nutritional support.
For these reasons, and because the mind and body are interconnected, you should only attend a rehab program that offers nutritional support to help your body recover. With proper nutrition and exercise, you can find relief from depression, lethargy, sleeplessness, irritability, and lack of appetite. If these problems remain untreated, they can cause issues during the drug and alcohol recovery process.
An additional question to consider
In addition to these questions, you also want to ask yourself what results you expect from a rehab program. Because each rehab program is designed to achieve specific results, you need to think about your goals and what you want to get out of a program. All rehab programs vary, so any of the following scenarios could be considered a success by a program.
- The person completes a 28-day rehabilitation program.
- The person stays clean and sober after returning home.
- The person, not only stays clean and sober, but they also improve their relationships, finances, and health.
Only you can decide what you want to accomplish by attending a rehab program. As a result, you should use your goals as a guide when you are selecting a program. Keeping your personal objectives in mind can help you determine if the rehab center you are considering aligns with what you hope to accomplish.
Although you might feel overwhelmed by the thought of selecting a drug rehab center program, you can make an informed decision by asking the questions in this article. By selecting the right rehab program for you, you can ensure that your rehab experience is a success in both the short-term and long-term, while ensuring that you are as safe and comfortable as possible during your recovery.
If you have questions about the HARP methodology and approach to treating drug and alcohol addiction, our caring and knowledgeable drug and alcohol treatment professionals can give you the answers you need to feel confident about your choice of treatment center. If you or someone you love is ready to get help recovering from an addiction, the experts at HARP are here.
HARP specializes in treating addiction to many different types of substances. Our team of compassionate medical professionals and addiction treatment specialists provides detox, counseling, support services, and long-term resources to ensure that each client has a comfortable and productive stay at our treatment center before they reenter their life – clean and sober. With the right help and support, recovery from addiction is possible. HARP can help clients live a fulfilling life that’s free from drug and alcohol addiction.