5 Factors to Consider When Selecting a Treatment Center


Around the country, individuals of all ages struggle with drug and alcohol abuse. According to a study by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), 4% of Americans had met the criteria for drug use disorder in the year of the survey, while another 10% surveyed a drug use disorder at some point in their life. At the same time, 14.5 million people age 12 and older have an alcohol use disorder, according to the NIAAA.

Many of these individuals will struggle to get help for their addiction. But, when they decide it is time, there are many treatment options available, including rehabilitation centers. If a rehabilitation center is the best option for you, there are several factors you should consider before deciding on a facility.

  1. Inpatient vs. Outpatient: There are benefits to each. Inpatient treatment will get you out of the environment where you were living with your addiction and away from triggers or individuals who may have encouraged your drug or alcohol abuse. Outpatient treatment, on the other hand, will allow you to stay involved in key life responsibilities such as parenting and work, and will also help you to remain in closer contact with supportive loved ones.
  2. FacilitySpecialties: Some treatment centers may focus on treating specific addictions. Doing some research can help you ensure the facility you have selected fits your needs and your addiction.
  3. Approach:Not every rehabilitation center offers the same treatments and therapies. You will want to research the models your potential treatment centers use to ensure they fit not only your needs but your personality.
  4. Cost:A rehabilitation center can cost anywhere between $3,000 to $10,000 for a 30-day intensive outpatient program. Ultimately, your costs will be dictated by the type of facility you choose and the amenities they offer. Are you looking for affordable substance abuse treatment or a five-star experience that rivals the world’s best hotels? This will determine how much you pay? At the same time, your cost may be determined by whether your insurance company will help pay for your care and treatment.
  5. Location:Do you think it would be helpful to stay close to home where you have better access to friends and family, or would getting out of town — and away from bad influences — be best for your recovery?

Deciding to get substance abuse treatment is a big and brave step. And while finding the right place for you will take a little work, keep in mind that things will get better and easier from this point forward.

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