Choosing to get help is a big part of the recovery process and picking a great rehab is the first step in the direction of sobriety. Here are some questions to keep in mind when looking for a rehab that fits you.

1. Do they offer dual diagnosis treatment?

Dual diagnosis treatment is used when someone is suffering from both a mental health disorder and addiction. This is a very common condition and both must be treated through individualized forms of rehabilitation and counseling. Many addicts are unaware they suffer from a range of mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety. Leaving your mental health disorder untreated will not help your recovery. Be sure that whichever rehab center you choose it offers to treat many other issues surrounding your addiction.

2. Does the rehab take clients on outings?

Many rehabs focus on the client working on themselves from within the walls of their residential center. Treatment centers such as the Cove Center for Recovery opens up the client’s recovery to include the outside world. The clients are often taken on activities to reinforce the idea of having fun while being sober. They engage in recreational day trips such as fishing, Zumba, major league baseball games, and fishing trips to name a few. A treatment center that  gradually assimilates you back into society during your stay through recreational therapy is a great rehab because it allows you to practice your coping skills in real life situations while still receiving help through treatment.

3.What is the patient to therapist ratio?

It is important when seeking out a treatment center to keep in mind the amount of clients they have in proportion to the amount of therapists. This will let you know how personal and in depth your treatment will go. Facilities with larger amounts of clients typically view them as walking dollar signs but you are not and deserve much more.

4. Are the employees in recovery?

It is important during your recovery to know that many of the staff are in recovery too. It will put you at ease to know that you have people who understand, sympathize with you, and have been there before. Just like communities such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA) the employees of your treatment center will become a second family to you. Treatment at a center with employees, who can sympathize with clients, helps former addicts to form healthy relationships between themselves and others in recovery and fosters trust.

5. Do they offer schooling?

For some addicts a treatment center is not just an opportunity to get sober it can also become a chance to mend other aspects of their lives. Treatment centers that offer academic programs such as GED or Test Preparation Programs are great because they aide their clients to receive the necessary education to better themselves and their lives.

6. Don’t focus to much on how glamorous the facility is?

As you are searching for a drug and alcohol rehab you may encounter addiction treatment center web sites that feature lavish photos of swimming pools, big screen tvs, and gorgeous five star dining rooms. While all of this is nice to see, it could mean one of two things. The facility really does not match the web site or the drug rehab has its priorities in the wrong direction. The whole purpose of going to a drug and alcohol facility is to get better and recover and not to lounge by the pool.

7. Do they offer after care programs?

Your treatment center should offer a personalized after care program which includes helping you find AA or NA meetings and providing you with a sober house and therapists in your area. Treatment centers that provide a helping hand after your stay in treatment are great rehabs to choose. These centers establish a healthy relationship that is aimed at you having a long-term and successful recovery.

8. Where are they located?

Knowing the location of your treatment center is vital information that should play an important part of your decision where to go. Treatments centers that are located a stones throw away from your house are often not the best choice when seeking residential treatment. As tempting as it is wanting to stay close to your family it can also lead to relapse. Friends who were the reason you got into rehab in the first place can stop by, the temptation to run away increases because you are familiar with the area, and your mindset does not change since you are virtually in the same place where you developed an addiction. Think hard about choosing a rehab that is far away from your home – even in a bordering state could be beneficial to your recovery.

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