Selecting a Rehabilitation Facility
Being sick and tired is getting to you. You may have been ordered to get help from your loved ones or the law. Regardless of your final choice, selecting the appropriate treatment facility is crucial.
You have successfully connected to the web. After searching, you discovered hundreds of rehab facilities. Amazingly, they all claim to be the most excellent program for your needs. It seems like everyone these days has a fantastic website. How can you figure out which course is best for you?
Confronting the truth is the first step. Treatment costs might add up quickly. Accepting the reality that we must make decisions based on the means at our disposal is one of the challenges we must meet on the road to recovery. Unfortunately, you’ll have to cut spending on non-essential initiatives.
Verify your means: Having insurance is a great place to start. Can you provide any? How much will they pay for your healthcare? In what ways will they be utilized? (If you plan with an HMO, you can avoid unnecessary work by calling them first.) You can always go forward if you don’t have insurance and don’t like their services. Remember that even if your insurance policy covers medical care, that doesn’t guarantee they will accept it once you get there. Ask for a written assurance from the clinic that your maximum out-of-pocket costs won’t exceed a certain amount. (Ask about any additional fees you could incur. Do you charge extra for doctor’s visits, prescriptions, excursions, and other necessities? Self-paying students can often receive scholarships or reduced tuition at many institutions. Don’t feel bad about asking questions. Ultimately, how much of a dedication am I expected to make? How much, if any, of my tuition will be reimbursed if I decide the program is unsuitable for me?
The next stage is figuring out how much money you can put toward your treatment. It’s important to remember that, depending on your circumstances, you may still have extra expenses even if you’re receiving therapy. Once you know how much you can put toward treatment, you can rule out many fantastic options out of your price range.
What you need from a rehab center should be given equal weight. Do not make judgments based on your capacity to go parasailing or play golf; this is not a vacation. The following are some key indicators:
How big is the software? Some viewers prefer more personal, smaller-scale shows. Some favor large, upscale shopping malls. You have complete freedom of choice.
Over the years, I’ve noticed that most people thrive in environments where they can get lots of one-on-one attention. This is typical of shorter software. Questions to ponder include:
How many people are there in total?
How many clients does one counselor have?
How many people work for how many customers?
How many meetings do I have each week?
How often will I get my private sessions?
The program’s quality is also a concern. Which members of the staff are there? How credible are they, exactly? What kind of credentials do they hold? When can I expect to see these people again? Who is in charge of these organizations? (Some programs have excellent consultants, but the patients are stuck in groups with mental health aides whose only credential is a few years of sobriety.) Seek out a physician, mental health counselor, or clinical social worker if you suspect a dual diagnosis. Is there a valid license for this software? How long has this initiative been running? Before I enroll, may I schedule a visit to the facility? (Even if you can’t, asking is an excellent approach to determine if what you’re being told is real or if the program is concealing something.)
Where will you stay? Investigate the infrastructure questions you have. Just how crowded will my room get? How many individuals are expected to use a single toilet? Can you tell me about the apartment’s features? (Internet, Cable, Washer/Dryer)
If there is some supervision, how does it work within the program? Who do I contact if I have an issue in the middle of the night?
The question of hunger is a serious one. How is it made? Do I get to choose what I eat, or do I have to eat whatever is in front of me?
How would detoxification work if that’s what I need? Is this completed in the facility or off-site? What is the estimated price? (The expense of detoxification is typically not included.)
Inquire if you have any particular requirements. Concerns, including co-occurring disorders, court involvement, nutrition, and physical aid, are all part of the package. Verify your company’s phone and internet policies. Access to the outside world is sometimes restricted in therapeutic programs. You need to decide if this is something you can accept.
Asking about the program’s guiding principles and objectives is the final step. Everyone will advise you on how to get sober, but how exactly will they do it? Are they aggressive? Do they avoid conflict? Are they utilizing cognitive therapy? Do they have experts who use different kinds of treatment that you could benefit from?
Don’t feel guilty about chatting with a program officer for a while. They must do that. You can learn a lot about their motivation and how you will be handled once you arrive based on whether or not they appear rushed and high-pressure. Consider the nature of their inquiries as well. Do they care if you’re a good fit for their program, or are they merely attempting to fill spots regardless of whether you’ll thrive there? After speaking with someone over the phone, your responses to these questions and your impressions of the program will help you zero in on the best option(s).
Once you’ve settled on a school, it’s time to start arranging your enrollment. You’ll save yourself the stress and start feeling better faster if you get treatment. The sooner you address the issue, the less likely it is to escalate into a more significant crisis. Don’t sit on your decision any longer; take action now!
Confirm your fees once again when you check-in. You should know exactly what your financial commitment will be. Inquire as to what you can and cannot bring along. Always remember to bring any necessary medications with you. If the program you are attending does not have your prescribed prescription on hand, or if you must leave unexpectedly, you can always make arrangements for them to keep what you are taking.
Before you leave, ensure your loved ones and anyone else who might need to contact you knows where you’ll be and for how long. Designate a reliable family member to get the program if you want your loved ones to be updated on your progress.
Find your way! Ensure you can get from the bus stop, airport, etc., to the program before arriving. The vast majority of places will gladly take you on. Make sure you are familiar with the process.
Decide that you will follow your counselors’ and the program’s instructions. Put on a cheerful face and start living a sober life of quality immediately.
Director of the NICD, Dr. Stephen J. Murray