Choosing the best private addiction treatment centers


When trying to overcome alcohol dependence or drug addiction, choosing the best rehab option off an often extensive list of private addiction treatment centers can be daunting. It can be tempting to just choose the closest or cheapest facility, but those are just some of the factors that should be taken into account before a decision is made.


Amenities and Cost


There are several questions you should ask yourself before you begin your rehab center search. What programs does your potential treatment center offer and how much do they cost? Perhaps more importantly, will your insurance cover them? Sure, a safe place to withdraw is great, but what about medically supervised detox or exercise classes like yoga and/or pilates that could aid physically as well as mentally and emotionally? Decide what you need in order to have the best chance at a successful recovery and then compare it to the services offered by the addiction treatment centers you're considering.


Inpatient vs. Outpatient Treatment


Searching for the best private treatment center available often starts with determining whether inpatient or outpatient treatment is the best option for the individual at hand.


  • Inpatient Facilities – Inpatient rehab facilities offer round-the-clock care in a safe environment devoid of outside distractions and possibly dangerous temptations. These residential facilities provide food, board, medical treatment, and counseling and patients can concentrate fully on their recovery. Such comprehensive care can be expensive and not all insurance companies pay for private inpatient rehab.
  • Outpatient Rehab – Patients who have personal, familial, or professional obligations that make it difficult to check in to an inpatient facility can seek treatment on an outpatient basis. In this case, patients attend counseling sessions, receive medical treatment, and avail themselves of other addiction-related services while still living at home and taking care of their families, attending school, and going to work. Outpatient care is less expensive than residential rehab but it also offers less supervision.


Transitional Support


Another factor to consider when choosing a treatment center is what type of long-term support the facility offers. Regardless as to whether you opt for inpatient treatment or decide to recover on an outpatient basis, successfully staying sober depends not just on initial treatment but also on how much ongoing support a recovering addict receives. There are many studies and statistics detailing the danger of relapse, and most experts agree that having a transitional plan in place as well as having a trusted team of addiction experts to call on when relapse is imminent could mean the difference between sobriety and slipping back into the throes of drug and alcohol abuse.

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Rating: 4.5 stars
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