Defining Treatment Options and Asking the Right Questions
Deciding to enter addiction treatment is stressful, exciting and overwhelming all at the same time. Choosing an addiction treatment facility can be confusing due to all of the different choices of programs that an addict can attend. There is long-term vs. short-term, in state vs. out of state and private pay vs. insurance options. It is helpful to be able to make an informed decision regarding choosing an addiction treatment center. Understanding treatment options and gathering information can decrease stress and help the transition to treatment go more smoothly.
- Long-Term Treatment – A combination of detox and a drug rehab program can last 3 months or more.
- Short-Term Treatment – A combination of detox and a drug rehab program can last up to 42 days.
- Detox Only – Depending on the type of drug and frequency of use, can last up to 14 days. Most last 3-7 days.
- Local Treatment – Found within the addict’s immediate area. Sometimes, this is not recommended because of the potential for elopement due to the addict’s familiarity of the area.
- Out of State Treatment – A geographical separation, even of a distance of three hours, may be helpful when choosing a detox and drug rehab. Out of state treatment sends the addict away from his or her familiar environment. Addicted friends will be less likely to have an influence on the addict and risk for elopement decreases.
- Insurance Programs – Insurance companies should be able to tell you whether or not you have an inpatient benefit for addiction treatment. If you are interested in a particular treatment provider, they may be able to take your insurance information and call your insurer to inquire about benefits on your behalf.
- Private Pay Programs – Addiction treatment can be costly; however, the benefit of getting help is priceless. Some private pay programs will be flexible and work with you on a payment plan.
Before deciding what type of drug rehab center you want to go to, it is helpful to have some core questions to ask the admissions coordinator.
Here are some examples:
- Does your program have an addictionologist on staff?
An addictionologist is a medical doctor that specializes in working with addicts.
- How long is the program?
There are various stages to addiction treatment. An addict must attend detox and drug rehab consecutively for optimum results. Some addiction treatment centers will have a detox program and drug rehab within the same facility.
- What does the program offer?
A quality drug rehab should offer individual and group counseling, educational lectures, daily living skills groups, relapse prevention and have a medical staff present.
- What is the policy regarding family interaction?
Most treatment programs have policies regarding phone calls, visitation and therapy.
- How much will this cost?
Some addiction treatment centers take insurance and some are private pay. Addiction treatment can be costly, but going to a quality drug rehab is extremely beneficial. Insurance may require copayment per day or that you pay your deductible in full before your benefits begin.