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How Do I Know What Rehab Program is Right for Me?

Drug and alcohol addiction is a well-known crisis here in the United States. Every year, millions of Americans are affected by this disease, while only a small portion actually pursue the help they need. Unfortunately, many people understand that substance abuse and addiction impacts more than just the individual suffering. While they may not suffer from the physical effects of addiction, family, friends, and partners certainly feel the impacts from their loved one’s struggle.


Those of whom who have suffered from drug or alcohol addiction can attest to how difficult the first step towards recovery is. Admitting that you are powerless and that your substance use is unmanageable is that first step needed to begin recovery.Whether you or someone you love is struggling with a substance addiction, you’ve already made the courageous first step by understanding that something needs to change. It shows that you are ready to accept treatment. 


Dealing with addiction is a difficult enough endeavor, that is why it is important to ask for help from friends and family when considering treatment options. They will have your best interests at heart and can tackle the challenge with a clear mind. In order to assist you on your road to recovery, Sunshine Behavioral Health has curated a guiding list of elements you should refer to and consider, designed to help you understand which rehabilitation treatment is best for you.


Decide What Your Goals Are

Having a clear understanding of what your goals are will help clarify what your needs will be. With so many different rehabilitation centers around the United States, it is important to know what to look for when searching for treatment centers. The first thing to consider is what the substance(s) and behaviors you are looking to recover from are. Different substances require different treatments. While these treatments are similar, each substance affects the body in different ways. For example, while most rehabilitation centers start with some form of detoxification, some substances require medical assistance when detoxing. Some substances, such as alcohol, depending on the severity of the addiction, have withdrawal symptoms that can cause serious harm. While the alcohol is flushed from your system, there are medications that help the body fight the necessity of continued use. Other drugs have similar withdrawal symptoms, while others may not have as harsh of side effects. If your goal is to recover from  severe alcoholism, then you would need to look at rehabilitation clinics that offer medically assisted detox.


Another thing to consider is if you are looking to treat some other underlying health concerns at rehab. If your goal is to better manage your mental health, then finding a rehab treatment that offers “dual diagnosis” treatment would be a need that should be addressed. Finally, understanding what constitutes success for you is an important goal to understand. Perhaps you are looking at managing substance use, but don’t see yourself never using again, particularly with legal substances like nicotine. Understanding what personal success looks like will help you decide what treatment plan is necessary. Perhaps you only need a 30 day treatment, as opposed to a 90 day inpatient stay. Consulting with family and friends to help outline your goals will help you understand the necessary components a rehab program should have.


Consult With Potential Treatment Providers

Now that you understand what your goals for rehab are, you can start looking around at the different rehab facilities that meet your specific needs. The best way of truly getting to know which rehab clinic is the best fit for you is to start speaking with these different treatment providers. With a plethora of rehab centers at your disposal, it is tough to comb through all these options without some inside knowledge. Treatment professionals at these different rehab centers offer valuable insight into the different aspects of rehab that many people may not be familiar with. Their guidance and knowledge is invaluable and can help you see which treatment option is best for you.


Inpatient vs Outpatient

Knowing the difference between inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation is crucial in your decision making process. Each form of treatment has their advantages, and it is important to understand these when deciding which rehab treatment to go to. In many instances, inpatient rehab is also referred to as residential treatment. This is because during inpatient rehabilitation treatment, you will stay at the rehab clinic for the full course of your treatment. You check into the treatment facility so you can complete your treatment in a controlled environment, one where medical and emotional assistance is available through round-the-clock care. Typically, inpatient rehab ranges from 30 to 90 days, depending on the severity of your addiction and what is required for treatment. One of the most important aspects of inpatient rehab is the preparation required before starting treatment. Since you would be living at the rehab clinic for the duration of your treatment, it is important to properly plan and have your affairs in order before checking into rehab.


If you feel you do not need a rehabilitation program as intense as inpatient rehab, many clinics offer outpatient rehabilitation treatment. It is designed for individuals who have much milder substance abuse problems. Outpatient rehab is tailored towards individuals who, while not fully addicted, realize they are becoming more and more dependent on substance use, and recognize it as a growing problem. If you find yourself to be in this category, perhaps looking at different clinics that offer outpatient treatment would be your best option. Outpatient rehab is much less restrictive than inpatient rehab. You would not be required to live on the campus of the rehab center, and instead can continue to live at home. Outpatient support systems are structured in a much more flexible manner, allowing you to receive treatment without putting your life completely on hold.


With so many different treatments available, making a final decision can seem overwhelming. Take the first step towards recovery and visit Sunshine Behavioral Health to learn more about our different locations and treatment options.



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Sunshine Behavioral Health strives to help people who are facing substance abuse, addiction, mental health disorders, or a combination of these conditions. It does this by providing compassionate care and evidence-based content that addresses health, treatment, and recovery.

Licensed medical professionals review material we publish on our site. The material is not a substitute for qualified medical diagnoses, treatment, or advice. It should not be used to replace the suggestions of your personal physician or other health care professionals.

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