How to Choose a Private Drug Rehab


Substance abuse recovery is one of the toughest battles anyone can fight. Yet the rewards of successful treatment are potentially life-transforming. Recovery can help restore your health, your finances, your relationships -- and even save your life.

That's why it's critical to take every step possible to maximize your odds of success. Choosing the treatment program that best suits your needs is one of the best ways to accomplish this.

How to choose a private drug rehab

If you're struggling with drug addiction or a drinking problem, it's imperative that you seek help immediately. Yet there are a few key things to consider before moving forward. First, you'll need to review your insurance coverage, in order to determine what type of treatment is available. Some of the more common treatments for drug abuse and alcohol dependence include:

  • Medically assisted detox
  • Intensive inpatient therapy
  • Outpatient therapy
  • Group or solo counseling
  • Behavioral therapy
  • Residential rehab
  • Treatment in a luxury facility or executive facility

The best course of treatment for you depends on a variety of factors, including your medical history and your family and work obligations. The severity of your problem is another important factor to consider. If you need help deciding on a treatment path, you may always enlist the assistance of your physician or your insurer.

Choosing a facility 

Once you've reveiwed your insurance options (or committed to self pay), you can begin searching for private drug rehab facilities that best suit your needs. Many of these treatment centers vary widely not only in cost, but in the type of treatment and on-site amenities available. If you need assistance finding the right facility, you may always seek a referral or guidance from a medical professional or counselor.

Finding a treatment center that aligns well with your preferences and physical needs is a critical part of recovery, so it pays to be careful and deliberate when making this choice.

The next step

Admitting you have a problem, then taking the first step toward getting better, takes real courage -- it's often the hardest part of recovery. If you or a loved one could benefit from substance abuse treatment, we urge you to take this first step today.


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Rating: 4.5 stars
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Rating: 4 stars
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