A Helpful Guideline for Choosing the Right Addiction Treatment Center
Admitting you need help with your addiction is the first and hardest step you take on your journey to sobriety, but finding the right addiction treatment center can also be very difficult. At USA Addiction, we can help find the right addiction treatment center to fit your needs, but here are a few tips to help you figure out what you need from a treatment center.
What type of addiction do you have?
Certain treatment centers focus on certain addictions, so knowing what your addiction is can make a huge difference. Certain centers offer dual diagnosis treatment, which can treat multiple issues at the same time. For example, if you or a loved one is suffering from alcoholism and may have an underlying issue with being bipolar, the center can treat both issues at the same time. This allows you to deal with both issues, instead of focusing just on the addiction side, when your underlying issues may play a bigger part in your addiction than you think.
Location, Location, Location
Location plays a role in finding the right addiction treatment center. While there are addiction centers in every state, choosing the closest center to you may not be the answer. Getting out of the environment you are in may be the best answer for your addiction. Taking yourself out of the environment you are in, removes the negative influences around you, as well as the enablers around you. While the enablers may have good intentions, in the world of addiction enabling allows the addict to stay comfortably where they are at in their addiction, halting any progress towards sobriety. Some centers recommend seeking treatment at least two states away from your current location.
What kind of treatment are you seeking?
Do you need inpatient or outpatient treatment? Do you need a detox center before you enter treatment? These questions need to be considered before choosing which center is best for you. Most centers offer detox as part of their treatment program, but not all do. If you need detox first either make sure the center has it or make arrangements with a detox center before entering in the treatment program you would like to attend. As far as inpatient or outpatient treatment, that is something that needs to be looked at carefully. Inpatient is typically for an individual who needs a more intensive program and needs to focus solely on recovering and learning the life skills necessary to function once they leave the program. Outpatient is for individuals that need assistance with their addiction, but they are able to live in their homes and go to school or work in between their treatment. It is important to note that just because you are currently in school or have a job, does not mean that outpatient treatment is right for you. This decision should be based on the severity of your addiction. Your job cannot legally fire for seeking treatment and school programs have a leave of absence program.
Consider your interests
This may sound silly, but reviving your interest in a hobby or activity you once liked can help you through your addiction. For example, if you used to paint or go for hikes, find a program that offers those activities. Treatment centers offer a wide variety of activities, including surfing, horseback riding, yoga, cooking classes, and many more options. By choosing a program with activities you like, you can help yourself combat your addiction. When a stressful situation arises you can learn to deal with it through hiking or painting, instead of resorting back to your drug of choice. You will also meet others with your same interests and form a bond.
What form of treatment will you respond to?
There are several forms of treatment to choose from, the most common being 12 step or traditional. This traditional path is not for everyone. Some centers offer a spiritual path, a clinical path, or faith-based paths. There are centers that offer a variety of these paths as well. Another aspect to think of is if the program is co-ed or same sex only. There are several centers that are strictly male or female in order to take away from distractions. You have to choose that program that you feel will benefit you the most.
Choosing the right addiction treatment center is can be difficult that is why USA Addiction prides themselves on finding the treatment center that fits your needs the best. If you have any questions or need help finding the right treatment center for yourself or a loved one call us now at 1-888-365-0665.