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How to Choose the Right Addiction Treatment Center – Part 3

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This is the third article in our series on Choosing The Right Addiction Treatment Center. You can read the second article here.

12. Treatment Center Cost

The cost of rehab is a major factor when choosing a treatment center. A drug, alcohol or other treatment can cost a lot of money. There are many public and private facilities that you can choose from. It is important to set a budget and start the search based on that. It will help you narrow down the choices to a reasonable number and make the final decision. But, before setting a budget, there are some things you need to consider.

While for some going to a luxury center is just a huge waste of money, for others, it can be their starting point. There are many options when choosing a treatment center, and before getting on the right track, you can never know what can work for you, unless you try it.

treatment center costSo, what does this mean? If you seriously consider getting sober, you need to prepare your wallet. The process of rehab is long. Many people struggle with addiction for years before they decide to look for help. And one of the reasons is the lack of money. There are numerous examples of individuals that relied on insurance – since most of the facilities accept it.

Addicts have a destructive behavior. They lose their jobs, steal money from close friends and family, and lie just to get cash. After a while they are broke. So, choosing a suitable, sometimes costly rehab facility should be the first thing on the addicts’ mind. Since the addicts’ destructive behavior will eventually lead towards debt or worse, it can be crucial to see beyond the intimidating cost of rehab.

Pros and Cons of State-Funded Treatment Programs

There are many pros and cons of state-funded treatment programs. Some of them include long waiting lists and outdated programs. Sometimes, “low-cost, publicly funded clinics have better-qualified therapists and better outcomes than the high-end residential centers.” Low-cost can be useful for people that live in poverty and cannot afford treatment. However, some addicts cannot wait long before going to a facility. That is why they need to enter a good rated, listened treatment center that will care for them and motivate them to get sober.

Going to a treatment center that provides great care will cost more than couple of thousand dollars per month, depending on the treatment center that provides the care. So, regardless of the treatment method you choose – detox, inpatient, outpatient, or combined, the first year of rehab will be expensive.


13. Medication

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The use of medicines in the recovery process is under debate. Despite the recommendation of using medication for addiction, many experts advice on the danger of switching from one addiction to other.

Therefore, when choosing the right addiction treatment, you should do your research and decide whether you want to go to a facility that uses medication for treatment or not. According to the National Institute of Drug Addiction,”medications can be used to manage withdrawal symptoms, prevent relapse, and treat co-occurring conditions.” 


14. Treatment Center Location

The location of the treatment center can play a significant role for some addicts. Making an effort to move out of their comfort zone for a few months is challenging. Being close to friends and family might sound logical because they want to be there for their loved one.

However, the triggers in the environment or family’s behavior towards the addicted one might cause the opposite effect. Family involvement in the process of recovery is crucial. Complete isolation is not recommended, especially for young adults.

So, one of the approaches can be to find a facility that requires at least weekly involvement of family but is located out of the addict’s community and comfort zone.

15. Check the Facility Before Signing in

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Last but not least, check the facility before signing. Visiting the treatment facility before making the final decision is a good idea. However, the facility’s staff will never tell you anything they don’t want you to hear. So, a logical option is to go through the area and talk to community members. Find someone that has experience with that facility, or someone that worked there. They will provide you with the most reliable information that you cannot get anywhere else.

Bottom line, there are some questions you need to ask yourself and the facility before choosing a suitable treatment center. Here are the major ones:
  1. What is the facility’s success rate? Which certifications and licenses both the treatment and the staff have?
  2. What kind of therapeutic approaches does the center use? Are they evidence-based?
  3. Does the facility provide proper aftercare? How long does it last?
  4. Does the facility include family in the process of recovery?
  5. What kind of payment method does the treatment center accept?
  6. Is there 24/7 care available in the treatment center?
  7. How long do their inpatient and outpatient program last? Do they offer medical detox?
  8. Does the facility address the underlying issue and provides both individual and group therapy?
  9. Does the center provide education for addicts and family members and does it motivate the addicts and treat them with respect, love, and care?
  10. Is this addiction treatment center tailored to my needs?

For more information please call our Addiction Treatment Helpline at (844) 439-4765. This is a Free and completely confidential call. We are available 24/7. In many cases, your health insurance company will cover 100% of the treatment cost. So please call now.

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