Every person is unique, with their own individual needs and ways of coping with stress and illness. People’s experiences with addiction are no different. This is why it is important to consider what you need and want in a recovery program, do your research and choose the facility that's the best fit for your requirements and goals.
Recovery Program Choices
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. SAMHSA states that the path to recovery is a personal one that is very individualized, requiring medical treatment, medication, peer and family support and improved self-care, among other approaches.1
Taking the first steps toward finding a recovery program that fits your needs can help you formulate a list of possible facilities that you can then research and contact for more information. You can begin by getting recommendations from your family doctor and doing some research of your own once you have compiled a list of possible choices.
What To Look For When Choosing a Recovery Program
Many people enter an addiction treatment facility, complete the program and then often end up right back where they started when they relapse. The key to a successful recovery is making the correct choice of a recovery program in the first place so your chances of relapsing are minimized.
The best recovery programs combine a scope of rehab services into their treatment therapies, with counselors attending to the individual's medical, psychological, social, vocational and legal needs.2
What To Assess When Choosing a Recovery Program
It's important to keep in mind that the more intense your drug or alcohol use has been, the longer and more intense your treatment may need to be. If you require a residential center, where you live at the facility while undergoing treatment, you may want to take into consideration your need for a stress-free environment, both indoors and outdoors, the quality of care, types of meals served and other social, monetary and environmental issues that are of importance to you.
Do you desire a high-quality recovery program that will address your needs for comfort, a warm and caring staff and an individualized treatment plan that utilizes a multidisciplinary approach? Ask these questions when calling or visiting a potential facility. If a private room is important to you, know this is something you need beforehand.
Do physicians lead the detox portion of your treatment? It's important that a medical doctor oversees detox, as withdrawal may require prescription drugs to help alleviate symptoms.
Find out whether the recovery program has a solid relapse prevention and aftercare plan in place.
The recovery program that is right for you should be right for your mind, body and soul. Are the meals at this facility nutritious and well-prepared? You will need the nutrition and calories to help you deal with withdrawal symptoms and to feel well, both mentally and physically. A proper nutrition program provides you with energy, repairs organ tissues and strengthens your immune system.
Contact the staff at a recovery program now to determine if that facility is the proper fit for your needs.