Factors to Consider In Choosing a Drug Rehab Program

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July 19, 2010

Factors to Consider In Choosing a Drug Rehab Program


Drug addiction ravages people’s lives. For some, addiction can happen overnight. For others, it could take years before becoming addicted to abused substances. Many find treatment in a drug addiction program to be beneficial in learning just how the disease of addiction has affected them and what they can do to heal.
Here are things to consider when looking for the right treatment program for yourself or a loved one:


Clinical Assessment

When one is looking for a drug rehab program, an initial assessment is typically conducted by phone to find out more about the addicted individual’s situation. When the person is admitted into a program, more in-depth medical and psychological assessments are completed. This is so that all of the addiction’s effects can be addressed in a personalized treatment plan.

Family Involvement

At times, an addict’s family wants nothing to do with him/her. At other times, the family wants to be very involved in the recovery process. Regardless of family members’ attitudes, a drug rehab program that offers to include the family is essential to building a strong foundation for recovery. If the healing of relationships begins in a drug rehab facility, individuals in recovery have access to clinical staff for support, encouragement, and advice during the process.

Aftercare Support Program

There is a difference between an individual in recovery having a discharge plan in place and actually following it upon returning home. Change is difficult for everyone, and the recovering individual will experience many changes during and after treatment. An aftercare treatment plan can include information about where a recovering individual should live, what kinds of meetings he/she can attend, and steps he can take to prevent relapse.

A 12-Step Program

The two most recommended 12-step programs are Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. These are places where a recovering addict can meet new people who are also looking to remain drug free. They can also provide the support one needs to prevent relapse and maintain long-term sobriety. 12-step programs can be attended for life.

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