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.
Common Addiction Treatment Settings
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:
As you look through your options for the setting that best fits your situation, consider programs that offer the following:
Addiction education classes
Recovery from addiction includes understanding why it happens and how it works. Courses cover the effects addiction can have on a person’s physical and mental health as well as their relationships.
Addiction is a chronic, lifelong disease that needs to be managed, so learning strategies to avoid returning to using drugs and alcohol are necessary. While achieving and maintaining sobriety is always the goal, the reality is that relapse is a common part of addiction recovery. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), relapse happens to 40 percent to 60 percent of people in recovery. Going through relapse does not mean treatment has failed or that one has to stay in this state. It is an opportunity to readjust treatment or find a new one that is effective.
Co-occurring disorders treatment
Many people think they have only a drug or alcohol problem, but in many cases, they have a mental health disorder as well, such as depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder. Having both conditions at the same time is classified as co-occurring disorder, comorbidity, or dual-diagnosis. Recovery programs to treat both at the same time are available. They specifically address the complications that arise from both, which is key because failing to address both concurrently can derail recovery efforts.
Changing addiction patterns starts with changing thoughts and behaviors. Behavioral therapies, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), helps clients find new, empowering thoughts and actions to replace the ones that commonly accompany addiction.
Finding a new life requires us to start with ourselves and look within to begin the healing process. Individual therapy promotes personal accountability and helps clients get to the root of emotional and social issues that contribute to drug and alcohol use. Such therapy can help address lingering issues and motivate the person in recovery to make the needed changes.
No one goes through addiction, and no one is going through is by themselves. They are part of families who care about them. As it’s often said, addiction is a disease that affects the entire family. Family therapy is a collaborative effort to address substance abuse together. It also gives relatives an outlet to express how their loved one’s addiction has affected their lives and begin the healing process. Therapy benefits everyone in the family and promises a new start.
Some people in addiction recovery may have a partner or spouse who also needs addiction treatment. Couples rehab can help people in this arrangement heal from substance abuse together. Counseling for couples is also beneficial to couples where only one person has an addiction. These sessions can teach the non-using partner how to support their loved one through this challenging time and adopt strategies that support recovery and the future of the relationship.
Group therapy sessions connect like-minded people with similar experiences to help them learn about themselves and each other. Attending sessions with others also ensures they don’t have to go through their recovery journey by themselves. These sessions provide outlets and opportunities for growth and support during the treatment process and after it ends.
Life skills training
Returning to the world after being in treatment is a brand-new beginning for many people. They’re starting from scratch as they rejoin society. Life skills training allows clients in recovery to attain job skills and improve their social skills and communication skills. Anger management, stress management, goal setting, and money management may also be offered in a life skills training program.
Aftercare or continuing care
Receiving support post-treatment is critical to having a successful recovery. At this stage, joining a center’s alumni group or join or continuing with a 12-step group, such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous can help people stay focused on abstinence and avoid triggers that could lead to relapse.
You also may want to consider facilities that offer holistic or alternative therapies that complement traditional substance rehab such as:
- Acupuncture – A nonverbal intervention that promotes calmness and helps improve meditation
- Aromatherapy – Essential oils such as lavender and rosemary can help recovering users in withdrawal
- Art therapy – Lowers stress levels and serves to express thoughts and emotions
- Massage therapy – Touch can release “feel good” hormones of serotonin and dopamine and reduce agitation, stress, and anxiety, and it can help remove waste buildup in the body.
- Music therapy – Helps people connect or reconnect with their emotions
- Nutritional therapy – Promotes healthy eating and following a well-balanced diet
- Spiritual counseling – This encourages one to take a look at one’s beliefs and provides space for reexamining those beliefs and gives recovering users a spiritual foundation to build upon and beliefs they can turn to in difficult times.
- Tai chi – This helps people of all ages and increases body strength and mental alertness.
- Yoga – Enhances mind-body awareness and helps develop one’s mental and physical strengths and improves their flexibility
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.
The agency says the five areas listed below are signs of quality treatment. Each section has several questions to ask as you or your loved one reviews your options for professional addiction recovery programs.
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:
- No single drug treatment is appropriate for all individuals.
- Treatment needs to be readily available.
- Treatment must attend to the multiple needs of the individual, not just drug use.
- Multiple courses of treatment may be required for success.
- Remaining in treatment for an adequate period of time is critical for treatment effectiveness.
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 844-605-0706 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.