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Rehabs

Rehabs account for the majority of the success when it comes to overcoming a drug or alcohol addiction.  Treatment facilities are primarily responsible for one’s initial success and voyage into living a clean a sober life.  It is the first step one takes into making significant changes in a lifestyle that will hopefully last a lifetime.  Selecting rehabs for a loved one can be one of the most important and difficult decisions one can make in a lifetime.  Few of us know what to look for in a quality rehab program and not all drug rehabilitation centers are alike.  Each drug rehab has its own program options, staff qualifications, credentials, cost and effectiveness.   Alcohol and drug addiction are conditions that progress through predictable stages.  Rehabs should offer a variety of treatment programs that meet individual needs. Programs may include inpatient, residential, outpatient, and long or short-stay options. The difference between inpatient and a residential treatment center is that inpatient services are provided by a licensed hospital, while residential programs usually do not meet the same rigorous standards of medical care. The length of stay depends on the severity and stage of the addict or alcoholic’s condition.

Another thing to consider is the cost of treatment.  The best way to find out the range of costs for rehabs is to talk to an intake advisor. You can discuss your insurance coverage or your financial concerns and they will help you narrow down your choices to what best meets your needs in the most affordable way.  If you are seeking the best value for your treatment dollar, remember: Price can be meaningful only in the context of quality and performance.  Also remember that the cost of alcoholism and drug addiction, if not treated, can far exceed the cost of treatment.   
When dealing with addiction, the entire family is usually affected and influenced by the addicts or alcoholic’s behavior and actions.     Drug abuse and alcoholism affects the entire family, not just the alcoholic or addict. Quite often family members do not realize how deeply they have been affected by chemical dependency. Family involvement is an important component of recovery.

Drug and alcohol rehabs vary in the degree and quality of family involvement opportunities. Some offer just a few lectures and others offer family therapy. Ask if there is any time devoted to family programs and if group therapy is included.

There are no quick fixes for the conditions of drug abuse and alcoholism. Recovery is an ongoing process. The skills one learns during intensive rehabilitation treatment must be integrated into everyday life and this takes time. Some rehabs will offer a follow-up program but only in one location which may make it difficult to use. Rehabs should include a quality, continuing care program that supports and monitors recovery.

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