Choosing a Substance Abuse Program

Choosing a Substance Abuse Program

There are many factors to consider when selecting a rehab center. The first thing to determine is whether an inpatient or outpatient treatment program is best for you. Are you able to work with your employer, school or family to take an extended leave of absence so that you can attend an inpatient program? If so, this is a suitable treatment option. However, if you cannot, there are outpatient programs that will allow you to keep attending school or work and get treatment in the evening hours. In that case, an outpatient program will serve you best and allow you to continue your day-to-day lifestyle while getting the help that you deserve.

Once you have determined the type of treatment option that will work best for you, you will need to choose a length of time that you will attend treatment. The standards are 30, 60 or 90 day programs. Experts agree that the longer you can stay in treatment the better. However, if you can only manage a 30-day treatment program there are many highly successful 30-day programs.

Next, you should decide how close you would like to stay to home while receiving treatment. Are you willing to travel for rehab? Some schools of thought think the further you can get away from your daily life of using drugs the better. If you know it’s not so easy to leave and go back to using, your motivation level to stay at rehab is better. If you choose to go far from home you will want to plan for travel arrangements. For outpatient programs it is wise to choose one that will not be too far away from your place of home or work for ease of commuting.

Once you have an idea of how far you are willing and able to go you can begin researching rehab facilities and the specific treatment options they offer. Not all treatment centers treat the same things. Verify that the facilities you are considering treat your specific addiction. It will be helpful to narrow down your choices to between three and five options. You can call each facility to determine if they offer the treatment program you are seeking.

After you determine which rehab centers offer the treatment you are seeking, you will hopefully have several good options to choose from. It will be helpful to know the cost of each program as well. By this time, you have now confirmed the location of each program and that the distance is feasible for you, that they offer the type of treatment you are seeking and that the cost of each program is within your means.

At this point in your research it is time to dig into the financial aspect of choosing a program. How will you pay for it? Many people assume that if they don’t have health insurance they cannot go to rehab. Addiction is already stressful enough and figuring out how you’re going to be able to afford treatment can be overwhelming. However, there are alternative solutions to pay for rehab if you do not have health insurance.

Payment plans. Contact each facility you are interested in and determine if they have financing options available. Sometimes your first payment due won’t be until six months after your treatment is complete as this allows enough time for you to secure a job. Notate next to each of the programs you are considering which ones do and do not have financing options available.

Scholarship and grant options may also be available to those without health insurance. Call each program and ask if they have any scholarships or grant programs that they work with. If these options are available you will want to research them further. It will be best to determine if you can qualify for these scholarships and grants. If you can, this would be helpful to know and consider as you make your final choice.

Some facilities will work with you on a sliding scale based on your income and current financial obligations. This means that they will determine how much you might be able to afford and charge you accordingly.

If you do not have savings available to pay for treatment you may consider asking close family or friends for financial assistance or raising funds. A heartfelt letter about why you need treatment and how it can get you the help you need will go a long way with both family and fundraising. People are often very compassionate and willing to help when they know it is for the betterment of the person.

Get health insurance. It is possible that you can get a health insurance plan which might have benefits for rehab treatment. If you are unable to afford health insurance, you might qualify for subsidized coverage that offers reduced premium options.

Here at the Orchard on the Brazos we believe anyone needing treatment should be able to get it and we never want the burden of money to be the reason they don’t seek help. Please contact us today to see what payment solutions and options are available to you.

Now that you have determined the fundamentals of each program it is time to consider a lighter side of selecting a rehab facility. Most treatment programs are designed to teach you how to live a healthy and sober lifestyle. Are there things you have always been more drawn too or wanted to learn more about? Some programs incorporate equine therapy and nature into their programs. Other programs might put heavy emphasis on health and nutrition.

The time you spend in rehab will be totally focused on you and your health and wellbeing. It is a perfect opportunity to factor in your likes and dislikes when selecting the best treatment program for you. If you love the outdoors it would make sense to choose a facility that focuses a lot of their program on that.

Some treatment centers rival five-star hotels with amenities galore. Others are more minimalist but still very effective. This will be a time dedicated solely to caring for you. Choose a rehab that will speak to your soul. Make the most of your time during rehab because there may not be an opportunity like it again.

You will want to get the most out of the experience that you possibly can so that you can be set up for the highest chances of success in staying sober. If being in a nature-rich environment helps to renew your mind in a way that will help you best receive the tools and information taught to you, then it is probably best to select a facility with many outdoor amenities.

Do your homework and read reviews if they are available. Not all treatment facilities are created equal. Once you have narrowed down your selections try to gather information about other’s experiences with that particular program.

Finally, the last step is to choose the right program for you and enroll. Each program will have different procedures and protocols for admittance. You might be able to find a lot of the information on their websites and for what you cannot find, a representative from the program will be happy to fill in the gaps.

Now that you’re more familiar with all of the details that go into choosing a substance abuse program, you will soon be on your way to recovery and a better life. You have taken the first right step on the path to recovery.

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