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Tips for Making the Best Choice in Addiction Treatment

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There are many modes of addiction treatment like residential inpatient treatment, partial hospitalization, IOP, counseling, brief intervention, sober living, residential short-term treatment, detoxification treatment, and others. Out of these treatment options, the best completion rate is displayed by inpatient treatment programs.

Attributes of the Best Treatment Programs

  • Proper Licensing and Accreditation

Unlike self-treatment, inpatient treatment involves a scientific and approved way of dealing with addiction. Thus, institutions offering this treatment program need to have proper accreditation from their respective states. This accreditation and licensing will ensure that the professionals running the inpatient alcohol addiction treatment or drug treatment program are well trained and specialists in the field. It would also give a general overview about the effectiveness of the program.

  • Good Aftercare Relapse Services
Every patient must know that relapsing is part of the addiction treatment. There are few former addicts who haven’t relapsed once or twice after treatment. A good inpatient drug treatment program or alcohol addiction program takes this into account and offers exemplary aftercare services in case of relapse. In fact, the program is designed in such a way that the aftercare includes relapse prevention as well.

  • Ideal Location
– The benefit of an inpatient treatment center is that it allows patients to remove themselves from the source of the addiction – bad influences, friends, atmosphere, work pressure, environment and profession – and takes them to a safe place. The treatment center becomes their place of renewal and rejuvenation. So, ideally, an inpatient alcohol or drug treatment center should be located at a safe distance from home. Thus, patients need only return to their triggering environment once they have been equipped with the means to control their addiction.

  • Family Involvement
The family of the patient is often the support system that the entire treatment is based around. Same goes for friends. During the residential treatment program for alcohol or drug addiction, families are often present during certain sessions. This ensures that post-treatment, the family knows its role in the recovery of the patient. The patient also feels helped, loved and cared for if the family is included and this is why all the good treatment programs recommend family involvement.

  • Holistic Treatment
A holistic treatment program is based around the 12 step recovery process. This means that the emotional needs of patients are as important as their medical needs. Holistic treatment programs include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and such other tools to take care of the patient inside out. The root causes of the addiction are addressed and treated in a controlled atmosphere to prevent any future relapses.

  • Individual Care
A good residential treatment program for drug or alcohol addiction always provides some amount of individual care. The main reason for this is, unlike outpatient treatment, inpatient programs are customizable. These programs take into account the individual nature of an addiction. All people are different in the program and thus, the program treats them as such – taking into account their individual symptoms, anxieties, causes and factors that influenced their addiction.

  • Treatment Length
Inpatient or residential programs have varying lengths, starting from 30 days and going up to 3 months. The programs with small duration are more focused on tackling the physical symptoms and detox instead of proper treatment. Chances of relapse are greater with these. Ideally, a three-month inpatient program with a reputable center should be chosen which would address all the problems of the patient in a holistic manner.

  • Program Values>
Different programs have different values. Some focus on the religious aspect of overcoming addiction. For patients who are atheists, this might not work. In fact, a religion-based program would work in an opposite way for an atheist patient and would disillusion them from the entire idea of rehab and recovery. Thus, such patients would need programs with different values, preferably ones matching their own.

  • Comfort Factor
Since the facility is the place where the patient will be spending a lot of time, loved ones should ensure that it is a comfortable place with all the basic and/or luxury amenities that the patient needs. Different budgets can provide different facilities, and the importance of a good tour of the facility before getting enrolled in the program should never be underestimated.

Inpatient residential programs have a completion rate of 70%, followed by detoxification treatment with 67% and short-term inpatient treatment with 59%. These statistical figures by “Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration” or SAMHSA clearly show that the inpatient program is the best option among all the others.

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