Selecting a treatment center is a lot like selecting a car, house, phone service provider, and other major important decisions that could affect daily life. You want to ensure that you’ve done adequate research so that you’re making the right decision – doing so could prevent you from the headache and hassle of leaving and joining a new treatment center if you find out the one you are selecting just isn’t working for you. Alexandre Laudet, PhD and director of the Center for the Study of Addictions and Recovery stated for Everyday Health,
“The person has to feel that continuing to come to this program is going to be to their benefit.”
Since addiction and mental illness recovery treatment programs last from several days to several months, it’s important that you really feel you’re getting the most out of your time, energy, and money. After all, the treatment program you select is going to set the foundation for your entire recovery – but no pressure!
There are several key factors you should consider when selecting a treatment center, and doing so will set you on a great path:
- Consider the type of treatment approach they implement. Do they believe that medicine fixes all, or do they believe that a combination of medicine, therapy, and other activities contribute to the overall wellness of a person?
- Ask about their specific treatment options to determine if this fits best with what you need. If you have a dual diagnosis (both a mental illness and an addiction), you won’t want to move forward with a center that only treats one at a time. In fact, you want to make sure they specialize in dual diagnosis treatment so that you get the best care.
- Take a tour of the center and potential area where you may be living (especially if you’re looking for a residential treatment program). Does the center provide adequate comfort and serenity? Is their building and surrounding property kept clean? The level of upkeep for treatment centers says a lot about the type of care they provide.
- Assess your gut feeling. When you speak with the healthcare team, do you feel utterly cared for and respected or do you sense tension or hostility? Your gut tells the truth.
- Take inventory of the extracurricular activities they provide. Recovery is supposed to help you feel empowered – does the program provide opportunities for you to exercise this by engaging in new, relaxing, and uplifting activities?
Of course, cost and location always play a factor when selecting the right treatment center. However, this shouldn’t always be your first concern – if you have health insurance, you may be covered and your comfort is what really will matter once you’re there.
Therapy is a primary component of treatment for rehabilitation from a substance use disorder and/or mental health disorder. Attending treatment with certified clinicians and counselors is critical for a full recovery. At one of New Vista Behavioral Health’s treatment providers, you are receiving exceptional care, held to a higher standard. Our programs result in better outcomes, ensuring a better recovery. For information call us today: 888-316-3665.