A loved one, or maybe even yourself, may have taken that first step and recognized that they have an addiction that requires professional care. As such, it is paramount that you are able to select the right inpatient drug rehab for them. With so many different rehabilitation services offering different treatments it can be difficult to know the best facility for your specific needs. Read on to learn the key things that you should know to ensure you make the right choice and get on the road to a full recovery.
#1 Is the Facility Covered by Your Provider Network?
You want the very best treatment available to you so as such it is vital that you make sure any facility you look into is fully covered by your health insurance provider. You should be trying to maximize your benefits. Always contact the provider before making any long term commitment.
#2 What Kind of Reputation does the Facility Have?
Do some research and find out what others are saying about the place. See if you can access any independent reviews on the facility. If it is a general rehab clinic, how much success has it had with patients suffering with your/your loved one’s specific addiction? If you know someone who has attended the clinic before, can they give you further information. Positive reviews from someone you know and trust is always going to instill confidence.
#3 Doctor Referrals
If you have a good relationship with your regular physician, then it might be worth taking their advice on the best facility. If your physician is willing, they may offer some support with the admission process. This may further advantage you if the physician has some connection to the facility; as their name connected to your admission, might give you a smoother continuum of care.
#4 Take a Tour
Where possible, try and take an unannounced tour of the facility so you can see what the place is like on a regular working day. Ask questions of the staff and if you can talk to the patients and gauge their impressions of the place. By visiting the facility, you will be able to get a feel for the place and either yourself or the addict you are supporting will be able to get that ‘vibe’ of whether it is the right place for them.
#5 Equipment and Specialists
It’s important to find out what kind of equipment they have on site that would aid your recovery. For example if the addiction has caused loss of appetite, severe weight loss and muscle wastage; does the facility have the right gym equipment, a nutritionist or a trainer on their books who would be able to support you?
Finding a good rehab facility is one thing, but if it is on the other side of the country then you will inevitably have less contact with friends and family. This could result in further anxiety, particularly if you are driven to recovery by doing the best for your family. If this is the case, then you should be trying to go to the best and closest facility that you can.
#7 Outpatient Services
For most, inpatient drug rehab is only the first step. You need to find out what sort of services the facility provides for you as an outpatient so you can ensure the best support through the recovery process.
#8 Living Arrangements
If you are going to be staying in a facility you will need to know what the living arrangements are. Will you have your own personal space or will you have to share a room with another person/people? Both options have their advantages and you need to decide what is best for you.
Remember, rehab is a big commitment and you may only get one shot at getting it right. As a patient, you need to know everything you can to make sure that your recovery is as smooth as possible – good luck.