Someone you love is a drug abuser and that’s hard to accept. But what may be harder for you to deal with is that they need to undergo drug rehab. All sorts of decisions must be made. How do you start? How do you proceed? Who can you talk to? The hardest part seems to be that you don’t even know what the right questions are to ask. You feel hopeless and overwhelmed. It’s best, at times like these, that you remember that what you want is have your loved one come back to you. You want them to be drug-free and living a meaningful life. By seeing things in this light, you can gain the motivation to move ahead.
The first and most important step is knowing how to make an informed decision about choosing the best residential drug rehab facility. In other words, before you can get answers, you need to ask the right questions:
What is the success rate of the residential drug rehab facility?
When making an informed decision, get real. Base your decision on talks with actual graduates of the program. The more of them you can talk to the better. What you’re looking for is real-world experience.
What sorts of methods does the residential drug rehab facility use?
Do they take a holistic approach? In other words are they dealing with the entire range of emotional, physical and even spiritual factors of your loved one? That’s important — the more avenues of therapy the better. Realize that drug addiction happens because lots of different things have gone wrong. A drug addict’s life is a jumble of bad decisions, bad habits, bad health and an unwillingness or inability to face down their problems. For your loved one to succeed at drug rehab, the program has to attack all the sources of their problem.
What additional sorts of services does the residential drug rehab facility provide?
For example, will they help you stage an intervention if necessary? Can you look to them for legal assistance?
Who is on staff at the residential drug rehab facility?
What you want are professionals with lots of experience specifically in the area of substance abuse and all the related problems that come with it. You want people with a track record, not just an advanced degree. Take some time and get to know them — and ask the hard questions, e.g., “what is your reason for working in this discipline?” You are looking for dedicated people — not people taking up space.
Is there a planned program of follow-up as part of the residential drug rehab program?
You want to know that there is a caring attitude about making sure the patient — your loved one — will succeed once they leave the facility. A good program will have a structured approach to staying in touch and staying relevant in the life of the patient after they graduate.
Where is the residential drug rehab facility located?
You’re looking for two things here: security and convenience. Sometimes it’s difficult to get both, but it is important. First of all, a residential drug rehab center should be secure. You don’t want your loved one simply to stroll away on a whim. Fact is, the temptation is there. So you want to know that the facility has a plan to keep them in the program. Second, you want a facility that is convenient to where you live. You will most likely be relied upon to provide in-person visits to your loved one. So you want a facility that is nearby your home to make it easy to visit when necessary and appropriate.
How long does the residential drug rehab program take to show results?
It is customary for programs to last a month or so. However, if the facility has a longer program that will probably offer your loved one a better chance at success. Even better: if the facility has the wherewithal to let your loved one work through the program at their own pace, without an eye on the calendar.
What is the cost of the residential drug rehab program?
Don’t simply cross a facility off the list because it is too expensive. Look at the price in conjunction with the services offered. In that way you can better judge the value to you of the facility. Of course it is true that the more the facility offers, the more it will cost. But you loved one will have a much better chance of succeeding if get the best and most complete program of treatment.
Picking a residential drug rehab facility is not easy, if for no other reason than you will probably be doing it for the first (and only) time in your life. But if you break it down into a series of smaller tasks and write down the right questions to answer, you will have a much better chance of making an informed decision.
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