How to Find a Good Addiction Treatment Center
Addiction recovery is a very personal journey and it looks different for everyone. That’s why there isn’t necessarily one ‘best’ treatment program. Finding a good addiction treatment center means finding what’s best for you.
While some people require a more intensive residential rehab program, others may prefer an outpatient program that gives them more flexibility.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), there are over 14,500 substance abuse treatment facilities in the US. This can make the process of finding the right rehab seem daunting. But the good news is that with such a wide range of options to choose from, there’s a program out there that’s right for you.
To help with this process, it’s a good idea to look for an addiction treatment center that aligns with both your recovery goals and your personal values.
How do I Choose the Right Rehab for Me?
Breaking down the process of choosing a rehab into easier steps, and understanding what options you have, makes things more manageable. Here’s a framework that can help you visualize your next steps forward:
- Define your needs and goals.
- Consider your addiction treatment options.
- Research and reach out.
Define Your Needs and Goals
You’ll want to spend your time looking at rehabs that offer the right treatment for you. With the plethora of addiction treatment centers available, mapping out your needs helps narrow your search.
Begin by identifying the type of substance use you’re looking to overcome. Some facilities focus on one type of addiction, while others offer more specialized therapies.
It’s common for mental health conditions, like anxiety or bipolar disorder, to co-occur with addiction. Addressing these issues in combination with addiction is a more involved process that requires specialized care. If you have co-occurring mental health conditions, make sure the rehab you’re considering offers this type of treatment.
As you get clearer on your recovery goals, here are some other factors to consider:
Level of Care
Consider how severe your addiction is and how immersive you need your treatment program to be. Some questions you can ask yourself include:
- To reach my recovery goals, do I need a break from my home environment?
- If I stay home during treatment, will I be able to manage the triggers and stresses I’ll encounter?
- Do I need medically supervised detox?
- Is it important to have access to 24/7 support?
- Are complementary therapies like yoga, bodywork, and nutrition important to me?
- Is individual and/or group therapy sufficient, or do I need an all-encompassing program?
Schedule and Flexibility
Your ability to commit to a program affects how much you get out of it. Ask treatment centers about the different schedules and program durations they offer. If you can’t take time away from work or other obligations to completely focus on recovery for at least a month, an outpatient center may better suit your needs. But if your schedule and budget allows, inpatient rehab offers the highest level of care and best-proven success rates. Outpatient rehab usually entails several therapy sessions per week, while inpatient rehabs typically require a minimum stay of four weeks which can be extended.
Think about whether or not travel is an issue for you. Are you able to attend an out-of-state program, or do you prefer to receive treatment close to home? Defining this will give you an idea of what you can commit to.
Addiction treatment costs vary greatly. Many private rehabs offer payment plans or in-house financing. In some cases, your health insurance plan can cover rehab and treatment costs – it’s always best to check your coverage directly with your insurance provider and the treatment facility.
Defining your recovery goals will provide more structure to your search process and allows you to narrow down your options from the get-go. The best addiction treatment facility for you is one that can cater to your specific circumstances.
Consider Your Addiction Treatment Options
Understanding your options will help you make a more informed decision when choosing a treatment center. These are some of the most common addiction treatment programs available:
Also known residential rehab, this involves staying onsite at an addiction treatment center for the duration of your program. This option places you in a safe setting far away from day-to-day stressors and other environmental factors, with 24-hour access to care. This immersive treatment experience often entails complementary therapies and more well-rounded support for your recovery process.
An outpatient addiction treatment program allows you to attend addictions counseling while still living at home. With this option, you’ll commute to a nearby clinic or hospital for regularly scheduled appointments. Outpatient programs generally offer many of the same therapies found in inpatient rehabs, in a less intensive format. This can also be used as a follow-up to inpatient treatment for a stepped down, but still intensive, level of care.
Sober living homes help people transition from their inpatient rehab program back to everyday life. A lot of sober living homes are offered as an extension to inpatient rehab programs. In these cases, they are designed to reinforce what you’ve learned during your time in treatment. The structured environment they provide makes for a transition back home.
Supporting one another in shared experiences helps you understand that you’re not alone in your struggles. Sharing in a group also helps you develop communication and social skills, connect with a community, and stay on track. 12-Step groups like AA and NA are free and widely available. You can also find other, non-12-Step support groups locally or online.
Research and Reach Out
Once you have a better understanding of the different addiction treatment programs available, it’s time to weigh out the options.
When choosing an addiction treatment facility, two things to keep in mind are:
- Are they able to accommodate your recovery needs?
- Do you feel comfortable with them? Do their values align with yours?
Finding a rehab with staff who see eye-to-eye with you can make all the difference in your treatment experience. To see if a treatment facility program aligns with your needs, you may want to ask some of the following questions:
- Does your staff have experience with my specific situation?
- How do you treat detox?
- What’s your medication policy?
- What complementary therapies and activities do you offer?
- How much one-on-one therapy will I receive as part of the program?
- How long does treatment last?
- Do you offer assistance with travel arrangements?
- Do you have a family program or relationship counseling?
- Is aftercare included, and what does it entail?
The Sanctuary Offers a Non-12-Step Addiction Program Unlike any Other
Many people come to The Sanctuary because they find that our unique, integrated approach really resonates with them. Here’s what one past client had to say after completing our program:
“I definitely wanted a holistic, non-12-Step approach. That was 100% what I was looking for. . . this is a reawakening. That’s the best way I can put it.”
The Sanctuary’s addiction recovery program is designed to treat the whole you. We look at aspects of addiction beyond the mental level – like its energetic, physical, and spiritual causes. Our clients find that our holistic approach helped them attain not just better mental health, but better wellness overall:
“The healing process is focused on body, mind, soul, and spirit equally. Coming here and going through the program is the best decision I have ever made in my life. The Sanctuary helps you feel whole again.”
Our program immerses you in Sedona’s beautiful landscapes. You’ll get the chance to step away from the complications of the world and connect with nature, and with yourself. This setting helps clear your mind, calm your body and better prepare you for treatment.
The healing journey we offer is about so much more than just staying sober or managing symptoms. It’s about creating a life beyond addiction – one where you’re excited about what each day brings.
Contact us today to find out if our holistic, non-12-Step addiction treatment center is what you’ve been looking for.
He is the Founder, Administrator, Counselor at the Sanctuary at Sedona. He has a BA in Political Science and is currently Senior teaching staff at Four Winds Society, an international school of energy medicine. His credentials also include being an Ordained Minister; a Certified Shamanic Breathwork® Facilitator; a Founding Member Society for Shamanic Practitioners; a Member of Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology; a Member of the National Institute for Holistic Addiction Studies. [email protected]
He is the Founder, Administrator, Counselor at the Sanctuary at Sedona.
He has a BA in Political Science and is currently Senior teaching staff at Four Winds Society, an international school of energy medicine. His credentials also include being an Ordained Minister; a Certified Shamanic Breathwork® Facilitator; a Founding Member Society for Shamanic Practitioners; a Member of Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology; a Member of the National Institute for Holistic Addiction Studies. [email protected]