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The Surgeon General has announced that 1 in 7 Americans will face a substance use disorder at some point during their lifetimes.

It can be incredibly lonely, isolating, and frightening to love someone struggling with an addiction.

Whether you’re a parent, spouse, or relative of someone battling the fight of their life, help is available.

Let’s get into how to locate the best rehab programs.

Know The Different Levels of Rehab Programs

When you first start looking into rehab programs, the lingo may confuse you. Inpatient, PHP, IOP, detox- your head may be spinning with all these confusing definitions.

Let’s break down the essential terms you should know.

Detox Treatment

This is typically the first step in formal drug and alcohol treatment. Because withdrawing from drugs can be so uncomfortable (and dangerous), detox helps mitigate some of the unpleasant side effects.

Drug detox timelines vary depending on the person’s drug of choice, the intensity of addiction, and physical and mental health status.

Some people may be tempted to go through this process “cold turkey.” If your loved one is struggling with a severe addiction, it is typically advised that he or she does not attempt detox alone.

Detoxing from some drugs, such as benzodiazepines or alcohol, can be fatal. It’s essential for your loved one to receive monitored and safe support during this transition.

Inpatient/Residential Treatment

These treatment programs provide 24/7 monitoring, support, and structure for their patients. Your loved one will typically have access to medical and psychiatric services throughout their care.

Such treatment tends to be highly expected. Your loved one may attend different group and individual therapy, recreational activities, and specialized recovery meetings.

Timelines for such treatment typically vary, but most programs last between 1-3 months. Inpatient treatment can take place in private or public facilities.

This form of treatment is recommended for severe addictions, people who struggle with co-occurring disorders, or those with histories of chronic relapse in lower levels of care.

Intensive Outpatient or Outpatient Treatment

Intensive outpatient (IOP) or outpatient treatment also has structure and support available, but it does not adhere to a 24/7 format.

Many clients often work or attend school in conjunction with attending treatment for an allocated set of days or hours each week.

This is typically recommended for individuals with mild to moderate addictions, or those who need to be close to home or work.

Furthermore, many clients transition from residential treatment to this lower level of care. This helps them “stay accountable” while also entering back into the real world.

Search the Right Way

Here’s the thing: simply googling “rehab programs” won’t get you very far. In fact, you’ll just get spammed with different treatment centers trying to advertise their services to you.

Consider the following suggestions to narrow down your search.

Determine Specialized Needs

While most rehab programs focus on drugs and alcohol, many also focus on other issues including:

  • Trauma
  • Eating disorders
  • Military issues
  • LGBTQ
  • Mothers and pregnant women
  • Co-occurring disorders (anxiety or depression)
  • Faith-based care

If your loved one is also struggling with these related issues, it’s important to consider these specialized tracks in your search.

Ask Friends and Family

Do you know someone who’s successfully completed treatment? Ask him or her for recommendations!

Even if you can’t get in direct contact with that individual, ask his or her loved ones. Most people are delighted to tell you which rehab programs they do and do not recommend.

Check Your Insurance

If you plan on using insurance for treatment, see if your provider has any recommendations for rehab programs.

In general, you want to make sure that you are staying in-network. This will always cost you less.

Get To Know Each of the Rehab Programs

Once you’ve narrowed down your treatment center search, it’s time to get on the phone and get more information.

This is a very critical time for you and your loved one. The conversations you have with these admission counselors can be the first step towards a new life.

With that said, it’s very important for you and your loved one to feel comfortable and at ease with the person on the other line. Are you able to ask all the questions you want to ask? Are you receiving the answers you need?

Is he or she giving you ample time to talk about your concerns? Do you feel like they are getting to know you on a personal level?

Let your intuition guide you with these answers. Your loved one’s well-being will be in this facility’s hands. You want to have a good vibe before going in!

Consider the Location

There are many excellent treatment centers all around the country. It can be hard to figure out the best rehab programs with many options available.

With that said, the cliche location, location, location does genuinely hold some weight here.

Some people prefer to attend treatment close to home. This is usually the best option if the individual is a primary breadwinner, has dependents, or cannot take an extended leave from work.

Others do better when they attend treatment out-of-state. This option frees up many of the “external distractions” that come with staying near home. For this reason, many clients have no choice but to focus on themselves and their recoveries.

If your loved one needs extended treatment, you may also want to consider the location’s surrounding area. Are there jobs nearby? Sober livings? Will he or she need a car?

Final Thoughts

Entering treatment can be an overwhelming and scary decision for your loved one- and yourself.

With that said, addiction can be a life-threatening disease when left untreated. While nobody chooses a life of substance use, anyone can choose a life of recovery.

At Resurgence Behavioral Health, we allow our clients to pick programs that work for them. Whether you want a 12-step program or an evidence-based program, you can work with us to overcome your addiction. Bear in mind that you’re never alone.

Help is always available. Contact us confidentially to speak with a recovery specialist today.