When you or a loved one has finally acknowledged that there is indeed a drug addiction problem going on, the next hardest step is determining how to get help. Outpatient drug rehab and inpatient drug rehab are both options, as are self-directed therapy programs. When determining the best type of help to get for a drug problem, it's best to begin with a traditional drug rehab center. These centers are staffed by experienced and compassionate professionals who can help you assess the extent and severity of your drug problem, and make recommendations as to the best treatment options to pursue.
Choosing a potential drug rehab center can be an overwhelming prospect, especially if you have never had any experience with this particular situation. Whether the addiction is yours or a loved one's, it can be hard to initially cope with the shock of the newfound knowledge. But, it's important to take a deep breath, and know that you can only do one thing at a time. The first course of action is to find the best drug rehabilitation center.
When looking at centers, consider one of the most important aspects of seeking this type of treatment: how much is it going to cost, and will any present health insurance benefits cover the cost? Sometimes it's best to call your health insurance company directly and ask them for a list of covered rehab facilities. More and more insurance companies are providing coverage for addictions, so you can expect to speak with a representative who is both knowledgeable and sensitive to your situation.
If your health insurance company provides full coverage for a drug rehab, or if the cost is not something that is a potential stumbling block, consider a rehab facility that does not take the cookie cutter approach to providing treatment for drug addictions. A customized approach can help if you have other needs, such as alcohol addiction or mental health concerns. By picking a rehab facility that can offer personalized treatments that are based on your needs, you are much more likely to succeed and not go back to becoming dependent on drugs or even alcohol.
Most drug rehab centers will invite you to check out their center directly, take a tour, and meet with the director and perhaps a few therapists prior to making a decision as to whether or not you will enroll there. This is a good way to go through a list of potential drug centers and find out what services each one offers. Some may require that you are admitted into an inpatient treatment center, while others may offer outpatient treatment, or a mixture of inpatient and outpatient treatment (inpatient for one to two weeks, then outpatient services for several months). When meeting with rehab center staff you'll have the opportunity to ask questions, so be sure to bring a pen and paper with you so you can write down thoughts as they come to you.
Remember that your own sense of comfort and security will play a large role in how successful you are at completing the requirements of a drug treatment center. While you can expect there to be some physical discomfort and emotional upheaval as you wean off of the drugs and progress into therapy, you should also feel comfortable with your room and other accommodations at a drug treatment center, and the staff should make you feel welcome, respected, and not judged for the position that you are in.