Admitting that you’ve hit rock bottom and don’t know how to get help can be both scary and empowering. You may find yourself deciding on whether or not treatment is the way to go, or even stuck on the myriad of treatment options and rehab facilities available. If you’ve reached the latter, the best way to move forward is eliminating facilities that don’t meet your personal requirements.
Here are some criteria I used when forming my decision on which rehab center was best for me.
1. Facility Location
Location is one of the first things you may look at when considering your options. Based on my personal situation, I wanted to be close enough that I could have nearby support visit me but far enough away that I couldn’t gaze out the window and see my old stomping grounds. A facility several states away may be just the solution should you feel the need to remove yourself from everything. I also wanted something peaceful and out in a rural area to remove distractions. Many treatment centers are in rural areas so that was an easy item to check off my list.
2. Conducive Environment
It’s important to consider what kind of environment may be most conducive to your healing experience. In my case, I thought of how I would handle being around a group of other females for 30+ days. I didn’t feel it would be the best environment because of my history of not getting along with other females. On the other hand, being around the opposite gender could pull my focus away from recovery and into landing my next boyfriend. While it seems like an easy decision, there are definitely pros and cons to both environments. It’s best to avoid environments that put your sobriety to the test.
3. Lifestyle Preferences
Amenities can vary from having just the basic necessities to having luxuries like massages, access to technology and off-campus breaks. Treatment centers in general may provide various different programs. I chose a luxury rehab center because I felt I needed certain things like the Internet, guided hikes and massages. You usually do not need any of these things because the goal is to focus on yourself and recovery. But many people require specific amenities based on their own personal situations.
4. Track Record
A final characteristic you may consider is reputation. Does the treatment center have a history of success? What is the level of experience of each counselor? Keep in mind that the success of a person in recovery is based on how much they put into their recovery, and that responsibility can not be solely placed on the facility that provided the treatment. You may also consider whether they follow a 12-step program that could translate beyond the time spent in the facility.
It’s Up To You
The biggest factor in selecting the best treatment center for recovery is going to be the individual seeking treatment. No rehab facility can guarantee long-term, permanent sobriety. It can, however, provide a safe haven and excellent resources to give any addict a chance at a sober life.
In the end, it’s up to you.