Choosing a rehab facility can be daunting but remember that it is all about you and make sure that you choose a facility that meets all your needs. Carefully considering location, residency options, staff training and previous successes will help you make an informed choice on your road to recovery.
Going to rehab is a big and important step on the road to recovery and it is important that this is recognized and taken seriously by any patient who feels that they need this kind of help. All facilities are not created equal and it is important that you consider where the centre is so that you can get all you need from the experience. You will also want to consider whether you are required to and are able to, stay there and whether the staff are accredited and have the right training for your needs.
Location, Location, Location
It may not seem important upon first inspection but, as with most things, location should be considered right away. If you are planning on staying in the facility as you may wish to for an extended drug rehab program, it may be helpful to be closer to home. Equally, you may wish to get a fresh start in a new place. Realistically though, you should consider the requirements of your specific program as it may be very important that your support network are able to visit. Often it is helpful for friends and family to visit and speak with the health professionals and being too far away may make this important step prohibitive.
Some programs may not require you to book in as an in-patient which may make location an even more crucial consideration. Think about what you want from your treatment as this may help you decide whether a residential program is right for you. Speaking to the staff at the centre beforehand may help you to make this very important choice because, depending on your needs, they may be able to suggest the best path for you.
Most facilities will offer you the opportunity to read up on their staff and even meet them before making a decision. The most important aspect of your treatment is making sure that you are seeing well-trained health care professionals who are experienced in treating your specific issues. You will be able to check beforehand whether they are accredited by a governing body and should be able to access testimonials from previous patients.
Taking that all important first step and accepting that you need to go to rehab is the most vital decision you will make on your road to recovery so it is important to get it right. Think carefully about your needs and only choose a place that can meet them.
Joan Martin is a counselor who, over the years has worked for a wide range of facilities, focusing mostly on drug-related issues. She is a strong proponent of the ‘right place at the right time’ mantra and knows how very important it is for patients to feel comfortable in their surroundings. If you are looking for a treatment facility you can click here for ideas and information on rehab centers near you.