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Tips for Finding a Drug Rehabilitation Center for Your Loved One

Having a loved one struggling with addiction to drugs or alcohol can be one of the most difficult things to deal with in life. You may be experiencing a range of emotions such as anger, frustration, guilt and fear. Seeing the person struggle with their addiction can be hard to watch and if you are looking to place him in a treatment facility, there are many important things you will need to consider such as price, statistics on treatment success and methods to name a few.

Good Resources for Finding Rehab Centers

The first step in finding the right rehab center is finding good resources that list different treatment centers. With the advent of the internet, accessing information has become exponentially easier and this is a good place to start your search. Particularly good resources include is your state’s substance abuse agency which can provide information on treatment centers in your state along with information such as accreditation and toll-free hotlines where you can call for more information. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, which is a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, offers an online listing of treatment centers; you can also reach them at 1-800-662-HELP.

Financial Considerations

Drug rehab is not cheap, with some of the the priciest rehabilitation centers in the world costing tens of thousands of dollars a month. Chances are, you will be looking for something less expensive. Before choosing a facility, it is important to talk with your insurance carrier about coverage for substance abuse issues as this will be an important factor in which facility you choose. If you cannot afford the treatment outright, investigate options such as payment plans or sliding scale fees based on income. The aforementioned resources can be very useful for helping you locate a facility you can afford.

Considerations for the Treatment Center

When it comes to choosing the actual treatment center, you want to keep a number of things in mind. First, you need to figure out what type of center you think will be the most beneficial or perhaps, the one you can best afford. There are different kinds of programs, such live-in centers where patients typically spend one to three months, or intensive outpatient where your loved one will remain at home but will spend at least three days a week at the center for at least two to four hours, or maybe more. There are many factors to consider, most importantly, the severity of the addiction. You want to inquire about what type of support is available after the completion of the program to prevent relapse. You want to inquire about treatment methods and the qualifications of the different staff members working there.  If possible, make sure you go and see the facility for yourself.

Kelli Cooper is a freelance writer who covers a range of topics in the area of health and wellness.

October 22, 2012 |  by  |  Health

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