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As hard as it may be to accept that someone you love is abusing drugs, it may be even harder to deal with the fact that they need to go through rehab. If the drug problem is your own, the process is that much more difficult.
There are many decisions to make, and often the hardest part of sorting through the different drug rehabilitation centers in Texas is determining which questions to ask. Therefore, start by remembering your goal: having your loved one (or you) successfully get and stay sober. Then you can start asking questions about the different facilities.
The first question most people ask is what the facility’s success rate is. Keep in mind that recovery cannot be, and should never be guaranteed. Instead, try to talk with actual program alumni. The more alumni of the program you can speak with, the better — you ultimately want to hear their real-world experience.
Next, you want to know what methods the facility uses. Good facilities will take a holistic approach — they deal with the full range of physical, emotional, and spiritual factors which result in addiction. There are many different approaches and modalities that are widely used and accepted for alcohol and drug rehabilitation.
Remember, addiction happens because of many different factors…only a small part of it is usually within our control. An addict’s life is simply an unfortunate combination of the past and the present, with the added complication of chemical dependency. For someone to succeed in rehab, the program must address all aspects of addiction, but particularly as it has manifested in the here and now.
You will also want to look at what additional services the facility can provide. If need be, can they help with intervention services or refer you to professional medical detox. There is commonly a good working partnership between the admissions team, interventionists and detox professionals.
Now, look at the staff at the rehab center. You want to see professionals who have a lot of experience when it comes to substance abuse and have specialized training or education. Ask direct questions like why they’ve chosen to work in rehab. You want a rehab center staffed by people who are dedicated to helping others recover and ideally, in 12 Step recovery themselves. When it comes to substance abuse rehab, there is nothing better than being helped by people who truly understand the magnitude and complexity of addiction.
It’s also a good idea to ask what follow-up and aftercare options are available. Good programs take a caring attitude towards ensuring their patients succeed after they leave the residential facility. They should have a structured approach towards both keeping in touch and staying relevant in the resident’s life as they return to daily living.
Finally, look at the price. Rehab is expensive, and you shouldn’t simply cross a program off your list because of the price. Instead, look at what services are offered, the length of their program, and the success of their alumni. Most important, do your homework and carefully evaluate all the factors.
For more information on drug rehabilitation in Texas, contact BRC Recovery.