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How do I Choose the Best Drug Rehabilitation Program?

By Felicia Dye
Updated May 17, 2024
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When choosing a drug rehabilitation program, you need to begin by deciding if in-patient or out-patient treatment is best for you. You may want to investigate whether a potential program is faith-based if you believe that could have an effect. Also try to narrow down your options by choosing between programs that have a reputation of successfully treating your type of addiction.

A major decision that you will have to make when choosing a drug rehabilitation program, and perhaps one of the first things that you should consider, is whether you want to be an in-patient or an out-patient. Being an in-patient can offer much more intensive treatment and support, but it is also much more expensive. Apart from cost, in-patient drug programs are not for everyone. These facilities usually assert that being away from the current environment is best. This may be true for some people, but it is that very factor that is responsible for others failing to complete treatment.

Out-patient treatment can also jeopardize a person's chances of successfully completing treatment because there is more liberty to access and use drugs. There are advantages to consider, however. For example, you may need to continue working while you are in the drug rehabilitation program, and you will be able to do so. You will be able to access your support system, such as family and friends, as needed, and your dependents will have access you. It is also much easier to hide the fact that you are receiving treatment if that is a concern.

It is important for you to determine the underlying principles of a drug rehabilitation program before making a selection. Many of them are based on religious principles, and they can be very effective for individuals who are open to those faiths. These programs are often unsuitable and may not be effective for individuals of different religions, those who are non-denominational, and especially those who are atheist.

It can also be helpful to try to ascertain if a particular facility has a specialty or has developed a reputation for success with certain types of problems. For example, a facility may advertise its drug rehabilitation program and may indeed have one, but it may be well known that it is most effective in treating alcoholism. You want to try to choose the program that has an established record of success in treating addictions of the sort that you have.

Before making your final decision, consider any other attempts that you have made to stop using drugs. Whether those attempts were through counseling, self-help tactics, or a drug rehabilitation program, you should determine which characteristics you felt worked for you and which did not. Then you should compare those to the features of the programs that you are currently considering and make your choice accordingly.

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