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How to Choose a Treatment Program

There are a lot of treatment facilities in the US. Many of them are excellent and some are not so good. Even if your insurance will pay for all of treatment, a treatment program will still require a lot of your time and effort, and if you relapse, you might find yourself in a worse place than before. As a result, it pays to think carefully about where you decide to go for treatment. Here are some things to look for.

An individualized approach.

Be wary of any treatment facility or program that seems to take a one-size-fits-all approach to treatment. Everyone is different and responds to treatment differently. An approach that works well for most people won’t work for everyone. People have different personal histories, different addiction histories, different drugs of choice, different therapeutic needs, and different reactions to medications. The idea that one kind of treatment will work for everyone who walks through the door is likely irrational.

Evidence-based treatment.

There is surprisingly little research on what works in addiction treatment, but there is evidence out there and more research comes out every day. Much of what we take for granted in addiction treatment–or in medicine, for that matter–does not have much scientific support. It’s not necessary that a program adopt every new breakthrough in addiction research, but look for a program that is guided by the best available evidence.

Treatment of complex conditions.

Addiction rarely comes alone. There is almost always another addiction, a mental health issue, or a medical complication to go along with it. Make sure you find a program that can deal with whatever might go along with your addiction. This typically means looking for a diverse staff that includes medical and psychiatric personnel as well as nursing staff and addiction counselors.

Support beyond treatment.

Making the transition from treatment to home life is often difficult. You don’t want a program that will drop you off on your doorstep and say, “Good luck!” before disappearing forever. Look for a program that provides good follow-up support and involves family as much as possible.

A clean, comfortable environment.

Treatment is not punishment so don’t accept a treatment center that looks like a jail. Treatment is a time for healing and requires a clean and comfortable environment. A shoddy or overly spartan facility should be a warning sign.

A multifaceted approach.

Treatment isn’t just about detoxing and abstinence; it’s also about healing and finding a better way to live. This means you should look for a program that can help you make healthy lifestyle changes, manage adversity better, and learn to relax, as well as treating your withdrawal symptoms.

There are a lot of factors that go into a good treatment program because there are a lot of factors in recovery. The most important thing is to find a program that is a good fit for you. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, Gardens Wellness Center can help you detox and decide on a treatment strategy. Call us today at 844-828-1050 or email us at to learn more.