So it has come down to looking into alcohol rehabilitation centers. What else could go wrong, right? Whether you are the one in need, or a loved one is, you are about to do something that will change your or their life massively in an incredible way, in some ways you never even thought possible.
We’ll go over a few things that you can expect from one of these facilities, that will help you get an idea of what to look for in your search for a good center. There are going to be a few different treatment options, and they are primarily inpatient and outpatient. Inpatient is a live-in status where all those in the program live in the center by a schedule hinged around laying the groundwork for a strong recovery.
An outpatient program is set up so you show up at certain times during the week for your recovery sessions, and then you return home at night. You may even be able to keep working at your job during this, depending on the facility and the flexibility at your job. Inpatient treatment is considered more effective for people with more severe addictions or anyone who wants the most resources at their disposal.
There are a number of different rehab centers that have slightly different forms of treatment. You will of course want to do a bit of background research, look at their credentials, meet the staff, and inquire about success stories. Most people that have successfully recovered are more than happy to share their experiences with you.
Some of the various types of treatments may be the standard 12-step program, Christian-based, some less traditional approaches, and you will find some luxury centers that are filled with lots of amenities for those looking to have a 5-star experience. You’ll also need to look into the cost of the prospective centers.
Once you have an idea of the type of center that you are comfortable with, you can inquire about the staff-to-client ratio, their credentials, what the schedule consists of, whether there is a psychiatrist on hand to administer medication, and if there is a alcohol abuse detox facility on the grounds. Some will require you to start the program the way they have it set up.
One very powerful factor to look into is whether any of the staff is recovered, or if they have recovered alcoholics come in as AA meetings or speakers, as other recovered individuals have a handle on it all and sometimes are the best at getting through to alcoholics.
Some final points to consider is if you are on any medication or suffer an additional mental illness, or have any other special needs. If you are a single mother, or under the age of 18 or over 50 and would like to know what sort of people will be in there with you, you can research that as well. There are certain facilities that can be found tailored to these needs.
Of course, being more selective with a program may cost more, and if you need something state-funded you will not have as much of a choice. The good news is that overall most rehab centers that you choose from are going to have good programs and you’re basically assured to receive the proper help you need.