Choosing the Right Rehab Center: A Step-by-Step Guide

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Seeking help for addiction is a courageous step that sets you on the path toward healing. However, selecting treatment services can feel overwhelming, especially if you have barriers standing in your way.

Fortunately, there are many options for treatment. Between inpatient and outpatient care, medication-assisted therapy and gender-specific programs, you can find the right level of support for your needs and budget.

Below is a step-by-step guide to choosing the right rehab center. For additional support, contact Spearhead Health at 310-561-1701. We offer treatment placement services for adolescents and adults.

Step 1: Assess Your Needs and Goals

Before exploring rehab centers, assess your situation and goals. Identify the substance or behavior you’re struggling with. Some rehab facilities treat substance use or mental illness only, while others treat both. There are also rehab centers for people with other types of addictions, such as sex addiction, gambling addiction and electronics addiction.

Next, determine if you need detoxification services. If you’re struggling with substance use, you will likely need to detox first. Also consider if you have any co-occurring mental health conditions, such as anxiety or depression. Finally, define your recovery goals, such as preventing relapse, gaining skills or maintaining sobriety.

Step 2: Research Different Types of Rehab Programs

Take some time to research the similarities and differences between inpatient and outpatient care. Inpatient (residential) programs offer 24/7 support and a structured environment. Outpatient programs allow individuals to live at home while attending treatment sessions.

Additionally, there are also specialized programs that cater to specific addictions or demographics, such as dual diagnosis, gender-specific or faith-based programs. Be honest about your needs and your living environment, as this will direct you toward the right level of care.

Step 3: Verify Accreditation and Licensing

Look for rehab centers accredited by reputable organizations like The Joint Commission or the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Accredited centers adhere to high standards of care and safety. Addiction treatment centers should also be licensed, and if they are advertising their services online, certified.

Step 4: Evaluate Treatment Approaches and Therapies

Research the treatment methods offered, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, holistic approaches or alternative therapies. Choose a facility that aligns with your preferred treatment approach. Clients typically do best at holistic rehab facilities because they offer both evidence-based and alternative therapies.

Step 5: Consider Location and Environment

Decide whether you prefer a facility close to home for easy family involvement or a distant location for a fresh start and focused recovery away from triggers. There is no right or wrong – it all depends on your living environment and what is most conducive to recovery. Some people prefer to stay close to their family, while others want a neutral environment.

Step 6: Review Staff Qualifications and Support Services

Research the qualifications and experience of the staff, including medical professionals, mental health professionals and other clinical professionals. After all, you are trusting these individuals  to help you navigate the recovery journey with ease. Also, look for a center that offers comprehensive support services, including aftercare planning and family involvement.

Step 7: Understand Costs and Insurance Coverage

Inquire about the costs, payment options and whether the facility accepts your insurance. Most rehab centers accept insurance, which can dramatically reduce your out-of-pocket costs. However, you will still be responsible for coinsurance, copays and deductibles. If you don’t have insurance, inquire about financial assistance or flexible payment plans.

Step 8: Read Reviews and Seek Recommendations

Read reviews from former clients and consider personal recommendations. Hearing about others’ experiences can provide valuable insights into the quality of care and the facility’s atmosphere. You can find reviews and testimonials on social media, Google, Yelp and others.

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Once you have gathered all the necessary information, you can make an informed decision that aligns with your needs, preferences and goals for recovery. Of course, this is only the beginning of your journey. You’ll need to commit to sobriety, participate in treatment and be open to change.

Spearhead Health offers treatment placement services for mental health and substance use disorders. We know how difficult this process can be, especially when time is of essence. We have carefully vetted the programs and professionals we choose to work with, so you can expect a quality referral from our team! Contact us today at 310-561-1704.