Did you know that in the U.S, it’s estimated that over 20 million people need addiction treatment but only 2.3 million actually get help?
According to the 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) done by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), it reported that “21.6 million Americans needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol use problem in 2011 and only 2.3 million (or 10.8 percent of those in need) received it in a specialized treatment setting.”
While these statistics may be shocking, why should you or your loved one be included in the majority?
Addiction is a disease that will only get worse as time goes on, that’s why it’s important to get help as soon as possible.
A decision that’s often overlooked and underestimated is getting into the right addiction treatment. The magnitude of choosing the right rehabilitation centre can often almost be a life and death situation.
If this decision seemed easy, let me reassure you that it’s not. There are so many sub-standard rehab clinics around the world today, which makes doing your homework important in the hope of achieving addiction recovery.
That’s why in this article, we’ll tell you how to find the best addiction treatment for you or your loved one.
The first thing that needs to be decided is what addiction treatment program is needed.
Two of the most effective addiction treatment programs are inpatient (residential treatment) and outpatient treatment. Both treatment options come with their own unique benefits.
Inpatient treatment is often regarded as the best form of addiction help available. It involves a residential stay inside a rehab centre and patients will receive medical assistance, education and counselling.
The length of treatment inside the centre will be entirely on the nature and severity of the addiction suffered, however there is a minimum requirement that patients remain in rehab for at least 4 weeks.
Outpatient treatment allows patients to reside at home while attending regular meetings at the rehab centre every evening during the week. The meetings will include medical help as well as various forms of counselling and therapy.
This form of treatment is suitable for addicts who want to get treatment, but simply cannot due to unavoidable responsibilities at work or at home.
While there may be two options, it’s advised to have the addiction assessed by a medical professional before making a decision on which treatment program is suitable. This assessment outcome will again, purely be made on the nature and severity of the addiction suffered.
Once this decision has been made and the most suitable one has been chosen, the next step is to find a rehab centre.
It’s often thought that because the patient became addicted in the town or city they stay in that its best to send them into a rehab somewhere far away. In actual fact, doing this only damages the chances that recovery will be successful.
Choose a rehab centre close to home, so that the cause of how and why the addiction began in the first place can be resolved. It also helps in the readjustments that will be made in the recovering addict’s new lifestyle, making the transition to living a new life without drugs or alcohol somewhat easier.
One of the key elements of any good quality addiction treatment program is the customisation of their program to every single patient instead of using one form of treatment for everyone.
This is extremely important as every single addiction will differ, regardless if the person uses the same drug.
Look for rehabs that include family and close friends into their addiction treatment programs, as these are often the people that offer undying support especially in times of need.
If you still need help, why don’t you call us?
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