Admitting that you have hit rock bottom with your addiction and do not know how to get out of it can be scary and powerful. 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 to cross off which ones don’t meet your personal requirements.
Here are some criteria I used as I formed my decision on which rehab center was best for me.
1. Think of what type setting you want to be in.
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. You may feel the need to remove yourself from everything and a place several states away may be just the solution. 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. Consider the type of company you will keep.
Next up: Population! It’s important to consider what kind of population 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 for me because of my history of not getting along with other females well. 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.
3. Ensure that your lifestyle needs are met.
Amenities in a treatment center can vary from having just the basic necessities for a safe, clean place to lavish things like massages, technology access and off campus breaks. Treatment centers in general may provide various different programs. The one I chose was based on luxury because I felt I needed certain things like the Internet, guided hikes and massages. You typically do not need any of these things because the goal is to focus on yourself and the road to recovery. But many people require specific amenities based on their own personal situations.
4. Choose an established facility with credible professionals.
A final characteristic you may consider is reputation. Does the treatment center have a history of success? 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 the counselors’ level of experience, whether they follow a 12 step program that could be carried beyond the time spent in the facility and if the facility upholds a standard that may not include a variety of economic status addicts in their program.
When it comes down to selecting a treatment center to get on the right path for recovery, the biggest factor is going to be the individual seeking treatment. No facility can guarantee long-term, permanent sobriety but it will provide a safe haven and excellent resources to give even the lowest bottom addict a chance at beginning the recovery process, as long as you are willing to listen and take the suggestions they provide.