Choosing an inpatient rehabilitation center isn’t just a matter of grabbing the first opportunity that comes up. It’s worth doing your homework before you decide which center has the approach that’s most likely to work for you.
Each rehabilitation center has its unique features and programs, so finding one that really suits you is an important step on your road to recovery. Here are some of the factors you should consider:
- What percentage of patients experience a lasting recovery?
A good rehabilitation center will be open about the percentage of patients who relapse. There will always be some, so anyone who claims 100% success rate isn’t being entirely truthful. If a center refuses to divulge their recovery statistics, they’re probably not very good or haven’t been doing their homework. Choose facilities that have a good recovery rate to make your shortlist.
- Now look at the programs offered- especially support after detox
At the very least, a rehab facility should offer detox, individual counselling and group counselling. But look into the philosophy behind the treatment too. Faith based counselling for instance, may be ideal for you, or else not suit you at all. Some centers offer extra therapies worth considering, but bear in mind that aftercare is important to you too. Quitting an addiction takes more than just inpatient care. How can the different centers help you after you leave their facility?
- Check online for reviews
What you really want to know is whether there has been bad publicity at any point. Are the staff pleasant and helpful? Have there been any instances in which patients have felt that the center is falling short in terms of patient care? Of course, there are unscrupulous people who will post bad reviews because of a personal grudge of some sort, and overly particular people who complain easily, but if you see a lot of bad publicity around a center, you should cross them off your list.
- Visit the facility and take a tour
Now that you’ve whittled down your options a little, it’s time for the ‘job interview’. That is to say, you will be paying a visit to each of your shortlisted ‘candidates’ to see who gets the job of setting you on the road to recovery.
Look at the facilities offered. Are they clean, neat and well-maintained? An unprofessional image probably means an unprofessional service, so don’t hesitate to cross a rehab off your list if things look shoddy in any way.
During your visit, you should meet several members of staff. Do they seem to be friendly, supportive and professional? You will be placing yourself in the care of these people, so when choosing an inpatient rehabilitation center, the staff and their attitude towards patients is an important consideration. If you meet any residents during your tour, see if you can strike up a conversation. You may get a better perspective of what you can expect at the facility.
- Now you can make up your mind!
Now that you’ve got all the details and paid visits to the rehabilitation centers that look the most suitable, you can decide which of them seems to offer the service most likely to help you begin a new, sober life.
To help you make up your mind, create a checklist and grade the facilities you visited on several points to see if you get a clear winner. What’s important to you is what matters most, but just to get the ball rolling, here’s a list of ten items that you could include in your checklist along with any other factors that could be important to you:
- Success rate: the higher the better!
- Length of program: 6 to 8 weeks or even longer is generally considered the most effective.
- Programs offered: again, more is better!
- Extras: are any activities over and above basic detox and counseling offered?
- Is any support offered after you have been discharged? Who seems to offer the best aftercare support?
- What are other people saying about this facility? Are reviews particularly positive or negative?
- Is the facility neat and well maintained?
- Are the staff friendly and professional? What qualifications do they have?
- What do you think the residents’ experience is like?
- Is it near or far from your home and is that a good or bad thing? Some like to have their families close by. Others prefer to go for a complete change of scene.
Choosing an inpatient rehabilitation center should be done as soon as possible after realizing that you need treatment. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider your options first! Once you’ve found the right place, it’s all systems go! Good luck!