Medically Reviewed By: Dr. Patricia Sullivan, MD MPH on 7/14/22
When it’s time to ask for help, exploring your options and finding the right treatment center is critical. But where do you start? This article discusses addiction and how to find the best addiction treatment center for your needs.
I Need Help; Where Do I Go?
Trying to figure out how to find the best addiction treatment center can be difficult. But when it comes down to it, finding the best treatment center depends on the individual.
If you are looking for help, the help you will need depends on your situation. It would be best if you recognized this before you can even begin to make your decision.
Many rehab centers are available, and all offer different programs. Even those with similar programs use them in different ways. That’s why choosing a rehab facility should involve a lot of research on your part.
Knowing the available choices can help you make an informed decision, and informed decisions produce the best results. Don’t play with your recovery. Choose wisely.
So what should you be considering? There are many things to look into. For example, you should look into the cost, the credibility of the treatment center, what kind of insurance they accept, and the treatment programs they offer.
You must also consider whether you want to attend an inpatient or outpatient clinic. Even then, there are several types of both clinics to choose from. And these examples only name just a few options you should consider.
This might sound like nitpicking, but it is anything but nitpicking. Finding the right clinic can dramatically affect the course of your recovery. When you pick the best option, the chance of having a successful rehab increases.
Still, the amount of information can be bewildering. Thankfully, you don’t have to do this alone.
The Different Types of Rehab
If you or your loved one have decided to seek addiction help, you must choose the right program. To start with, you should consider the different kinds of treatment available.
Knowing what type of therapy exists is essential to finding the best drug or the best alcohol rehab centers available. Here are several things to keep in mind while searching for adequate help.
Finding the best treatment center means choosing among several options. The first things to consider are the length of care and how intensive the program is. All rehab clinics divide into two main types.
- Outpatient treatment
- Inpatient treatment
Outpatient treatment allows patients to live at home. They will attend regular peer support meetings and follow a rigorous schedule of appointments with healthcare professionals.
Inpatient treatment is a form of therapy where patients live at the clinic. This allows them more intensive treatment on a full day’s schedule. It also often offers better medical assistance throughout the detox period.
Typically, inpatient treatment is for more severe cases of addiction. Outpatient treatment allows addicts to continue with their daily lives while seeking help for substance abuse.
There are several other types of inpatient treatment. Two of the most common include recovery housing and residential treatment. Residential treatment is for more long-term treatment, often up to six months. The length of this form of therapy gives more opportunity for treatment.
On the other hand, recovery housing allows patients to live in supervised housing while participating in treatment programs. Often, recovery housing will enable patients to return to more routine schedules.
In addition, this form of treatment allows patients to adjust to life after more intensive types of rehabs.
How to Find a Rehab Center
Now that we know the differences between the types of rehab programs, we need to know which one to pick. But how can you tell which clinic is the best choice for yourself? The best way is to ask yourself a couple of basic questions.
- Does the program offer medication for addiction treatment or other illnesses?
- What will your family do during the treatment?
- Do they tailor treatment to each patient?
- What kinds of therapy do they offer?
- Are staff certified to treat both mental health problems in addition to addiction?
- What will I have to do during rehab?
- What does the daily schedule look like?
- Are they willing to provide a list of patients’ rights and responsibilities (in writing)?
Answering these questions will help you in finding the best treatment center.
For example, suppose you have mental health issues or trauma from your addiction. In that case, you will also want a clinic offering therapy for that. But it would help if you also considered the effectiveness of the rehab clinic.
Can the clinic provide data on the long-term recovery of their patients?
How do they measure their patients’ progress, and how do they determine when treatment has been effective?
Suppose the center has a solid track record of recovery. In that case, it should be able to answer these questions without any issues. In addition, you should also consider what the clinic will do in the event of relapse (especially if it’s an outpatient clinic).
Finally, look into what family and friends can do during rehab. Some clinics allow for family visitation or even have family therapy sessions. This can be highly beneficial in some cases.
Above all, make sure the rehab clinic works for you. Recovery is your journey more than anyone else’s.
How Much Does Rehab Cost?
Once you have narrowed down the available choices, you should begin considering the total cost of the programs. Some rehabs can be costly to pay for out of pocket. Others are state-run or non-profit. The different rehab centers could cost anywhere from utterly free to $65,000 per month.
That’s why it is essential to consider what you can afford and how insurance and other programs can help you pay for it. But before we get to insurance, consider the potential costs first. The price of the center can vary based on several factors:
- Depending on if it is privately-owned or government-run
- Whether it is inpatient or outpatient treatment
- The amount of luxury provided by the center
- If they cover other medical conditions
- Depending on if they provide post-care treatment as well
Cheaper rehab clinics are often great options. Don’t let the difference in cost deceive you. However, these clinics are usually run by state or non-profit organizations.
They can come with a variety of different forms of treatment. If you are considering a cheaper type of rehab, make sure you choose one that uses evidence-based therapy. For free clinics, you will often need to prove any of the following:
- Proof of residence inside a state
- Lack of insurance or income
- Addiction to intravenous drugs
- Pregnancy or veteran status
- Proof of legal residence in the United States or citizenship
- Status of your addiction
- Evidence of a need for intervention
Higher-priced clinics often offer many other benefits. Some of these are superficial, like luxury and other related amenities. But many times, these benefits are treatment related.
For example, a higher-priced facility could offer therapy for related illnesses or medicine. If you need any of this, these clinics might be more helpful.
How to Use Insurance and Other Forms of Aid to Pay for Your Treatment
There are many things to consider when trying to find a way to pay for rehab. First, if your insurance is through an employer, contact an agent to determine your coverage. People can do this through their website or by phone.
You will need to consider other possibilities if you do not have employer-based insurance. For example, the Affordable Care Act has rules for insurance issued under state healthcare exchanges.
These rules mandate that all insurance policies and Medicaid programs offer addiction treatment coverage. So you could be covered if you have insurance through the Affordable Care Act.
Medicare and Medicaid have similar rules. Medicare will cover all the necessary care you get from an inpatient facility. If you are wondering whether you qualify, seek your doctor. To get Medicare, your doctor must certify that you have a medical condition requiring treatment. This certification means you will need the following forms of treatment from a clinic:
- intensive rehabilitation
- on-going medical supervision
- coordinated care
Not all inpatient and outpatient programs accept Medicaid, but you still might be able to use it to help pay for the program. Federal law is clear. Medicaid must provide certain mandatory benefits, including financial assistance for inpatient addiction treatment. However, some states can offer more than the minimum.
You will have to do your research to find out how much this entails. Furthermore, much like Medicare, you will likely need a note from your doctor that says the treatment is necessary. But make sure the facility you have chosen will accept Medicaid before doing anything else.
Beyond insurance, there are other available options. Sometimes, you can apply for a government grant, scholarship, or veteran’s program. Be sure to look out for these remarkable ways as well.
How to Pick the Best Rehab Facility
Whatever your choice is, always remember that recovery is a process that never ends. Finding the best treatment center is only the beginning of recovery:
“The first step is admitting you have a problem and you need help. The next is accepting that treatment takes time. Short-term, one-time treatments hardly ever work. The best treatment programs offer many services over a period of time.”
To recap, let’s briefly go over how to find the best addiction treatment center:
- Know the options based on length and setting (inpatient vs.
- Choose the best treatment based on your addiction, availability, and budget
- Find out if you need specialized care
- Research available programs
- Look into the credibility of the programs
- Investigate funding
- Make your decision
If you do everything correctly, you should be able to find a program that works for you. It is crucial not to rush through the process. Take every step seriously. If you do so, you will dramatically increase the likelihood of a successful recovery (and you might save money too).
If you have a hard time making a choice, don’t hesitate to reach out. We are always available to answer questions and help you find the care you need. While you are still responsible for your recovery, you do not need to do it alone.
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- Inpatient Rehabilitation Care Coverage (medicare.gov)
- Finding the Right Rehab Program for Substance Abuse – Health Encyclopedia – University of Rochester Medical Center
- Addiction Treatment Facilities in Utah – Better Help Addiction Care
- Can I Afford Rehab? – Better Help Addiction Care
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