Family and friends play a tremendous role in addiction treatment. Helping your loved one choose a rehab can be daunting. Where do you even begin? Without any background knowledge in drug addiction, all of the rehabs you see online can easily sound the same.
With some basic background information and a few handy tips, you’ll be able to find a treatment center that gives them the care, therapy and hope they need to overcome addiction.
1. Start With a Detox Center
Detox is the first step of treating addiction. Some rehabs offer detox as part of their program, but many require clients to complete a detox program before they can begin addiction therapy.
Medically supervised detox is important, especially in cases of severe addiction such as alcohol use disorder and opiate addiction, where the health risks and side-effects of withdrawal can quickly become life-threatening.
2. Decide on Outpatient or Residential
There are two types of rehab: outpatient and inpatient, also known as residential. Outpatient programs are recommended for mild to moderate addictions, and they’re typically more affordable than residential programs. For those who cannot take off work or afford to be away from home for treatment, outpatient therapy is a good alternative.
3. Check Health Insurance Coverage
Many health insurance carriers offer drug and alcohol addiction coverage. Medicare and Medicaid may also pay for rehab. Your loved one should speak to their health insurance provider and understand the coverage limits first to get a good idea of what their options are and how much their copay will be.
4. Explore the Range of Services and Therapies
Many rehabs use a 12-step model to treat addiction, but there should be additional services and therapeutic approaches. Every person is different, and no two addiction stories are the same. You need to ensure that your loved one gets the highest quality of personalized treatment as possible.
Rehabs can offer a wide range of services that help treat and heal the entire person. In addition to addiction treatment, a good rehab will offer individual therapy, nutrition and wellness classes, psychoeducation, family therapy, spirituality courses, family therapy and more.
5. Check for Specializations
Your loved one may require more intensive treatment that is tailored to their particular addiction and struggles. If they are also struggling with a mental illness, then looking for a rehab that offers dual diagnosis therapy is important. Some rehabs are also drug-specific, meaning the addiction treatment plan is designed to address the nuances of a particular substance use disorder.
Contact different rehabs before making a final decision. Make sure you include your loved one throughout the process. Although you’re offering assistance, accountability is imperative to recovery, so they should assume an active role in finding the help they need to become sober.