If you have made the decision to seek inpatient treatment but aren’t sure where to start, it helps to have an idea of what to expect in treatment, what types of services are typically offered and what will be expected of you in a drug and alcohol rehab.
It is normal to be a bit nervous when choosing a treatment center. You are making a big change and a big commitment. While spending one, two or three months in treatment may seem like a monumental undertaking, the reality is that this time goes by fast. You will learn a lot, make new friends and develop a better understanding of yourself, addiction and recovery. Here are seven things to keep in mind when choosing an inpatient rehab program.
1. All Treatment Centers Have The Same Goal
While each treatment center is different in how things are done, what services are offered and the environment, they all have the same goal: To help you overcome your addiction. It may be that you have to go with the treatment center that your health insurance provides coverage for, even though it isn’t your first choice. It is important to know that you can recover in any treatment center, provided it is licensed and staffed with educated, knowledgeable staff.
2. Environment Makes A Difference
Surroundings can make a big difference in your recovery experience. Many drug and alcohol rehabs are set in warm, homelike environments. Some are set in luxurious surroundings. There are rehabs that are set in the mountains or by the beach. While this is certainly not the most important consideration, it is worth looking at. What type of environment is most comfortable for you? A positive, attractive setting does affect mindset. You don’t want to spend three months in a cold, institutional setting if you can help it.
3. Gender-Specific Treatment Can Be A Good Option
There are co-ed treatment centers and there are gender-specific treatment centers. Why would you choose a woman-only or man-only inpatient treatment center? There are several reasons. First, it provides a more comfortable environment to open up without fear of judgment from the opposite sex. It is less distracting, enabling you to work on yourself. For women who have been victims of trauma or abuse, it can feel safer.
4. If You Have A Mental Health Issue, A Dual Diagnosis Treatment Center Is Important
Battling addiction is tough. Battling addiction on top of depression, anxiety, PTSD, eating disorders, bipolar disorders or any other mental illness is even more difficult. This is why getting treatment in a dual diagnosis facility is important. Mental illnesses have been overlooked in the past when treating addiction. The problem is that if these issues are unaddressed during treatment, there is a greater chance of relapse. This often happens when the symptoms of the mental illness resurface. Many addicts use, in part, to self-medicate their symptoms. A dual diagnosis treatment center addresses these issues, increasing the chances of long-term recovery.
5. The Program Is There For You
Too often, people enter drug treatment feeling like they are being punished, or feeling like they are being forced to do things they don’t want to do. They resist the program and what it offers. This is a shame because treatment is there for you. All the counseling, groups, classes, and activities are specifically designed with your recovery in mind, and you will get the most out of treatment if you participate fully. Try to remember that treatment goes by fast, and that you should take advantage of all that it has to offer you.
Also, keep in mind that the staff is there for you, too. Don’t be afraid to be honest with them. They have heard it all, so you don’t have to worry about being judged. Chances are better than average that many of the staff have been right where you are at some point, and now they are choosing to give back!
6. Even If You Don’t Have Private Health Insurance, You Can Get Into Treatment
There are many treatment centers that accept Medicare, or that are funded and do not charge for their services. If you aren’t sure, ask. Do not let cost be a barrier to getting the help that you need, there are affordable treatment options out there.
7. You Get Out Of It What You Put Into It
Ultimately, you are the only one who can make the decision to get sober. No one can make it for you. You can choose to use again after treatment if you want. Or you can choose to go to treatment with an open mind and a willingness to grow. Treatment can be a life-changing experience, and you can come away from it not only sober but happier, healthier and more confident as well.
If you are in the process of choosing an inpatient drug treatment center, Recovery Hub can help you. Call 888-220-4352 to speak to a friendly, caring representative today.