There are many things that you should consider when choosing where to go for addiction treatment. Here's more on picking the right addiction treatment center for you! Getting sober is not a one size fits all proposition. There are a number of key questions to ask, in order to assess what the best approach, for that individual, might be. For a person attempting to recover without constant supervision may opt for an out-patient program, which requires meeting with them once a week to devise a recovery plan, or they may require daily, eight hour educational and therapy sessions, in addition to AA or NA meetings. Budget is also a consideration. How much money does the program cost, and how much can you realistically afford? In-patient programs can typically run about $7,000 per month. The longer a person remains in a treatment facility, the greater his or her chances are of remaining sober. People who stay in treatment for three months or more will have the greatest success. Find out what your health insurance covers for in-patient and outpatient programs. In general, health insurance companies pay for 30 days of treatment at an in-network treatment center. Out of network treatment options are covered at a lower rate, and must usually be paid for out of pocket first. Also remember that not all facilities take insurance, so make that one of your first questions. Sometimes there are long wait lists to get in to a particular program. Make sure that there is a spot available when you need it. A key question to ask: Is the program licensed and state certified? And what is the program's treatment philosophy? According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, "No single treatment is appropriate for all individuals." There are a lot of theories about what causes addiction, and what kinds of intervention will help prevent people from relapsing. Most programs rely to some degree on 12-step programs, along with various methods of counseling and therapy. Because there is no one solution that works best for everyone, it's important that you find a program that speaks to you. Consider visiting the treatment facility before you commit to it. Ask a family member or friend to go with you, and be prepared to interview the staff about its program. Here are a few questions that may help you decide whether the program is right for you: 1. How long is the typical stay? 2. Do you offer detox services? 3. Do you have a program for family members and loved ones? 4. How much contact will I have with friends and family? 5. What kinds of services and activities will I be participating in? 6. What is your success rate? 7. What kind of counseling and therapy sessions do you offer? 8. Are there staff members who have experience dealing with my specific addiction? 9. Do you provide follow-up care after I'm discharged and, if so, for how long? Choosing a drug treatment program may seem daunting and stressful, but every treatment center, regardless of its philosophies, has one goal: to help you get and stay sober.
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Last Updated:December 20, 2012