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Must-Haves for a Positive Rehab Experience

There are so many things to consider when looking for a good drug and alcohol rehab, that choosing one can be a tough task. There are a few must-haves when it comes to the right rehab for you, regardless of who you are or what your recovery needs are.

Proper Licensing and Accreditation

Rehab centers have to go to great lengths to receive the proper licensing in their state. You can contact the facility to learn about their qualifications and to ensure they have taken the necessary steps to be recognized by their state and medical field as employing skilled staff, following certain protocol, offering a high level of care, and ensuring safety of clients. It is up to the treatment center to prove to you and the rest of the world they operate their programs in an effective, safe way. The centers that try to cut corners and avoid licensing are probably going to cut corners in other ways too, and you want to stay away from them. On the other hand, rehab centers that go above and beyond what is required and voluntarily become certified with organizations like the Joint Commission show their level of commitment and their willingness to be transparent with their practices.

Caring, Experienced Staff

The staff of a rehab center can make or break a program. Staff should not only be licensed in their field, but therapists, counselors, admission staff, and support staff members should all be caring, friendly, welcoming, and compassionate. This does not mean they don’t have to be firm with you or push you hard in your recovery, but they should be understanding and respectful, so that you can be comfortable opening up with them and trusting them with your recovery.

Effective Programming

Another must-have for recovery is a program that works. Many treatment centers today try to incorporate all sorts of new ideas for therapy. While it is good to keep an open mind and stay up to date on the latest research and trends in rehab, your treatment center should make sure therapies are effective before incorporating them into their program. Inquire with your rehab center ahead of time to find out what methods for recovery they use, and make sure there is research to back up their claims for success.

The Right Level of Care

Everyone is different and can be at a different place in their journey to sobriety, and it is important for you to find a program that offers the right level of care for you. If you need full time care and supervision right now, your rehab must have an inpatient or residential program. If you have already completed a residential program and if you can stay sober at home on your own and make the trip to a program everyday for outpatient rehab, your must-have for your facility can start at outpatient care. Check with your treatment center to find out their options for different levels of care and how they help clients transition from one level to the next.

Payment Options that Work

Finally, your treatment center must have payment options that work for you. It is unfortunate that recovery can come down to something as simple as money, but you need to consider how you will pay for treatment. If you have insurance, contact the facility first to make sure they accept your insurance and to learn what will and will not be covered. If you have to pay on your own, check into the prices of the program and find one that you can afford, or talk to the admissions staff to see if they offer payment options or reduced fees. While cost shouldn’t be your main concern for finding the right rehab, it is important to find a program you can afford.

Sober Helpline has information on all the treatment centers we work with, and can help you with anything specific you are looking for or any questions you may have. Contact us at (888) 907-8039 to learn more.