Navigating Addiction Treatment: Finding the Best Option for You

Once an addict has chosen to look into addiction treatment, trying to find the right program can feel daunting and overwhelming. They may be wrestling with worries about where to go, how long to commit, or how to afford treatment. Too often people delay getting help and slip deeper into their substance abuse, feeling isolated and hopeless.

But the decision to go into treatment is a major step in the path to recovery, and fears about time and costs should never prevent you from getting help. Whether you’re researching options for yourself or a loved one, consider the following aspects about addiction treatment when choosing a program.

Identifying treatment centers

If you are searching for addiction treatment online, you’ll find a number of resources that walk users through the steps of finding the right facility. These sites help you filter your search by location as well as compare costs, program lengths, demographics, amenities, and specializations across facilities.

Some treatment centers specialize in alcohol addictions, while others tailor their services to drug abuse or other behavioral disorders. Find a treatment center that offers comprehensive treatment to work through your physical and psychological dependence on a substance. Look for organizations that offer continued support after treatment, such as alumni groups or other recovery tools. Some treatment centers will encourage you to go to treatment away from your home, but that can make it difficult for family to visit and participate in treatment. Family support is vital for the addict and family system to get healthy.

Inpatient vs. outpatient?

Inpatient treatment programs are intensive, residential rehabilitation programs to treat addictions. These programs allow addicts to devote their whole attention to making a change for their health. Addicts check themselves into a treatment facility for a fully-immersed, recovery experience with a comprehensive treatment team of physicians, nurses, and counselors. Programs range in length from 28 to 90 days, depending on the treatment center.

Inpatient programs offer medically monitored detoxification in a caring, supportive environment. Since the detoxing experience can be extremely challenging, treatment centers monitor clients’ withdrawal behaviors and provide medical attention when needed. Inpatient treatment is the best option for anyone who needs to be detoxified from the drugs or alcohol or if their environment will not support initial abstinence.

Outpatient treatment programs offer a more flexible schedule, allowing clients to continue daily work or school activities. The purpose of outpatient services is to provide addicts and their families with tools to move toward a healthier, substance-free lifestyle. While clients live in their homes, they are typically required to come to group or individual counseling sessions multiple times per week for therapy, coaching, and medication. Outpatient services may be the right solution if the addict is surrounded by a supportive environment at home, free from any harmful substances or influences that may trigger relapse.

Regardless of whether you choose inpatient or outpatient treatment, be sure they include family in the recovery program.

Payment options

Treatment center staff are trained to partner with insurance companies and make treatment financing possible. Most insurance plans help cover portions of addiction treatment so that the burden does not completely rest on the client. As you look into treatment options, don’t be afraid to call facilities and ask questions about payment options and accepted insurance providers. The best facilities have supportive, knowledgeable staff in place to help you navigate next steps. Those steps include checking your insurance benefits, explaining copays and deductibles, and reviewing out-of-pocket maximums. Treatment admission staff will also be knowledgeable on state-funded treatment options.

Call to get an assessment

When you’re ready to begin the process, start by calling a treatment facility for an addiction assessment. The information you share in this assessment is completely confidential. This gives you the opportunity to openly describe your situation and receive a recommendation on how to best proceed with getting help.

If you’ve made the decision to start a treatment program, know that you are right where you should be. Regardless of how complicated your circumstances might feel, taking care of your health is what’s most important. Call The Walker Center to get a free, confidential assessment and learn how to start on the road to recovery for better health.