There are millions of people—some 20 million at least—who are battling a substance abuse disorder of some kind every day. Among them are people looking to end their dependence to save their lives but don’t know where to start. Of course, the number of people needing treatment far outweighs the number of treatment facilities available to help them.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, there are at least 14,500 treatment centers in the U.S. that offer specialized services for addiction recovery. These include counseling, behavioral therapy, medication, and case management among others.
With thousands of choices, however, it can be quite the task to figure out which is best for you or your loved one. There is much to consider, including how to pay for addiction treatment. There’s also no one right answer. Addiction treatment varies according to the person, so it won’t look the same for everyone. However, before considering the costs, it’s important for everyone to ask, “what kind of drug rehab center offers the best addiction recovery treatment?”
The short answer is whatever is the best treatment for your situation. Now, what does that look like? That just depends on the situation. Treatment programs can be customized according to the individual’s specific needs and preferences. In many cases, a combination of services is offered to ensure the person receiving recovery has what is needed to effectively address their substance use disorder.
Many people who use addictive substance reach a point where they can no longer control their use and will require treatment in a professional setting to end it. NIDA defines as a “chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences.”
The agency also explains that addiction is a brain disease because of how chronic drug use alters how the brain’s structure and how it works. Because of these changes, people in active addiction are unable to control the impulse to use drugs despite the negative outcomes of the decision to use.
NIDA advises that treatment for drug abuse and addiction can take place in different settings and that various behavioral and pharmacological approaches are used in those environments. Some of those include:
This is usually the start of the drug rehabilitation experience, and it’s one that can make or break the recovery experience. A drug rehab that is committed to providing the best rehab treatments should offer medical detox treatment to help clients withdraw from drugs and alcohol safely and become stabilized. Substance withdrawal can be tricky and unpredictable. Experienced medical professionals are on hand to monitor clients around the clock during the process, which can last three to seven days or longer, depending on the severity of the addiction.
At this high-level of care, which can take place in medical clinics or hospital units, clients receive detox and rehabilitation services for substance addiction is designed for these purposes. This setting is for people with serious medical conditions or mental health disorders.
Residential treatment is the next highest level of care. It provides a structured environment with minimal distractions so that clients can focus on their recovery with 24-hour medical and moral support. Addiction care and medical professionals are available 24 hours a day to help clients with their needs. These programs can run from 30 days to a year. There are programs that can run longer.
Partial hospitalization programs provide a medium-to-high-intensity setting that allows clients to attend four to eight hours of treatment a daily, or 20 or more weekly. They complete these hours while continuing to live off-site, such as a sober home or transitional living home or their personal residence. Clients go without 24-hour supervision, but they must meet their weekly commitments and attend intensive therapy sessions.
Clients receiving intensive outpatient care usually attend between 10 hours and 20 hours of treatment weekly while living off-site. Individuals who need a higher level of care than outpatient treatment may also find an IOP to be a better fit.
This treatment program is low to medium in intensity. Outpatient clients commonly receive no more than nine hours of treatment a week at a specialty facility while continuing to live either at home or another place that is outside the center. Some centers offer evening or weekend outpatient services so people can continue to meet outside responsibilities such as work or school.
As you look through your options for the setting that best fits your situation, consider programs that offer the following:
You also may want to consider facilities that offer holistic or alternative therapies that complement traditional substance rehab such as:
Keep in mind that some of these services cost extra, because they may be outside the standard treatment programs, and may not be covered by insurance. In that case, these therapies will have to be covered with other payment arrangements.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) both offer key guidance that can help people who are looking for the best treatment that addresses their mental and physical needs as they work toward overcoming addiction.
Has the program been licensed or certified by the state? Is the program currently in good standing in the state? Are the staff qualified? Does the program conduct satisfaction surveys? Can they show you how people using their services have rated them?
Does the program offer FDA approved medications for recovery from alcohol and opioid use disorders? At this point in time, there are no FDA approved medications to help to prevent relapse from other problem substances.
Does the program offer treatments that have been proven to be effective in treating substance use disorders including medication management therapies, such as motivational therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, drug and alcohol counseling, education about the risks of drug and alcohol use, and peer support? Does the program either provide or help to obtain medical care for physical health issues?
Does the program include family members in the treatment process? Family members have an important role in understanding the impact of addiction on families and providing support.
Does the program provide ongoing treatment and support beyond just treating the substance issues? For many people, addiction is a chronic condition and requires ongoing medication and support. Quality programs provide treatment for the long term which may include ongoing counseling or recovery coaching and support and helps in meeting other basic needs like sober housing, employment supports, and continued family involvement.
NIDA asserts the scientific view that addiction treatable though not curable. It advises that the treatment phase last at least 90 days or longer. The agency also has a list of principles of effective treatment that can help you determine what drug rehab offers the best addiction recovery treatment for your needs. You can read the full list by clicking here, but some of the principles on the list are:
With these standards in mind, a clearer picture should start to emerge of what treatment program is most effective. However, it’s OK if you’re still not sure. The decision to choose a quality drug rehab can be tough. SAMHSA realizes this, so it offers a free National Helpline that features treatment referral and information service in English and Spanish. The help line’s phone number is toll-free at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).
The service is available 24/7 year-round to people with mental and/or substance use disorders as well as their families. All information shared is kept confidential. Callers should expect information on referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. They also can order free publications and other information.
When you have identified one or more centers that appeal to you, ask any questions that can help you understand what is offered at each center.
Determining which drug rehab is right is challenging and you can find yourself frustrated to the point where you may wonder if it’s even worth it. Don’t give up. We can help right now. Call Delphi Behavioral Health Group today at 844-899-5777 to learn about the benefits of personalized treatment at one of our private facilities.
Treatment programs at our facilities provide unique therapy and counseling methods for certain addictions. They are designed to allow you to receive the daily support of the facility’s staff and your loved ones when you return home. Our centers provide just what’s needed for community, counseling, and support throughout the day so clients can apply the lessons they learn to their lives everyday life. Give us a call to discuss your options today.
National Institute on Drug Abuse. (October 2016). “The Science of Drug Abuse and Addiction: The Basics.” Retrieved July 2018, from from https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/prescription-cns-depressants
National Institute on Drug Abuse. (January 2017). Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition). National Institute on Drug Abuse. Retrieved July 2018, from from https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment-research-based-guide-third-edition/drug-addiction-treatment-in-united-states
SAMHSA. (n.d.). “Finding Quality Treatment for Substance Use Disorders.” Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Retrieved July 2018, from from https://store.samhsa.gov/shin/content//PEP18-TREATMENT-LOC/PEP18-TREATMENT-LOC.pdf
SAMHSA. (n.d.). Trends in Substance Use Disorders Among Adults Aged 18 or Older. Retrieved July 2018, from from https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/report_2790/ShortReport-2790.html