Treatment Isn’t One-Size-Fits-All
As it is with other forms of medical treatment, rehab programs aren’t designed to accommodate any and all users seeking treatment. Everyone has different behaviors and psychological triggers related to drug use, which makes it only natural that program success varies from patient to patient. Some of the signs of an ill-fitted program might be obvious, while others could easily be missed by those who don’t know what to look for. While researching potential rehab centers, make sure to pay special attention to these top three signs that a rehab program might not be for you.
1. It has a religious or ideological message contrary to your beliefs
Some people thrive in faith-based programs, while others can’t seem to connect with the spiritual idea being promoted. Religious diversity is obviously present all over the country, so why wouldn’t the same rule apply to a rehab setting? Although a faith-based background might be a deterrent for someone with strong contradictory beliefs, a patient on the fence might be especially inspired by this kind of program. Patients will need to honestly evaluate their feelings on the matter before considering this kind of treatment program.
Researching the program isn’t quite as easy as researching the faith it promotes. Before choosing a facility, read the faith’s religious texts, attend a service and practice some of its rituals. Does it feel right? Feeling uncomfortable with the spiritual message behind the treatment program can quickly deter progress, so listen to this instinct to set yourself up for an ideal environment.
Rehab isn’t supposed to be structured around ideological debates, so those who feel strongly against the spiritual message that the program embodies would be better off either opening up to this approach or turning to a different program. Remember that the focus should be on treatment, and if the faith-based message is distracting to this ultimate goal, the program will not be effective.
Possible Solution: Request a non-faith-based alternative program for individuals who don’t subscribe to the beliefs featured in the major program. Try to be open-minded about the faith-based message when it is intertwined in the program and see if there aren’t some tenets that resonate. It can be difficult to adjust to a faith-based message that’s different from more familiar messages. However, patients can look at it from a different angle and strive to find inspiration from the program by recognizing how helpful this approach is for other patients. Seeing this dramatic change in others creates a sense of hope that anything is possible.
2. It Leaves You to Fend for Yourself
Rehab programs offering “instant cures” can sound like a tempting solution for anyone eager to rid themselves of an old habit, but most short-term cures last about as long as the treatment takes. Users come to rehab to quite literally change their lives, so it’s not something that will just be solved overnight. Completely abandoning destructive behavior isn’t easy for anyone, and a rehab program that recognizes the difficulty of overcoming such a challenge is one that likely produces the highest success rates.
Individual attention is one specific aspect that patients will want to research in depth when choosing a center. As we mentioned earlier, everyone has unique needs and histories that apply differently to the addiction recovery process. A professional should be frequently available to walk each patient through this difficult journey in a way that is completely relevant to their own lives.
Ideally, the rehab program in question will offer a long-term, post-rehab treatment plan that will continually keep up with the patient’s recovery. It’s easy to fall back into old habits without the structure of rehab around, which is why post-rehab care and counseling is crucial for maintaining the life changes that began in the program. Programs without this opportunity are less likely to maintain a high success rate.
Possible solution: It’s true that getting clean begins with the user, but that doesn’t mean that doing so isn’t a daily challenge that will naturally require the help and support of others. A treatment program will probably end within a few months, but the treatment itself should continue throughout a lifetime. If long-term care isn’t offered by the rehab center, look into resources that can be utilized after rehab, such as support groups and individual counseling. Getting clean isn’t something anyone should have to do on their own, and having a support system in place when going back home is crucial to staying on the right path.
3. The price isn’t right
The ideal in the rehab world today seems to be a million-dollar program in Malibu, but studies have shown that the cost of the rehab center doesn’t necessarily correlate with its success rate. In fact, it’s more likely that users will feel most comfortable in an environment of individuals who come from similar socio-economic backgrounds. The worth of a rehab program will vary from person to person. A giant, lavish facility with multiple one-on-one therapy sessions may be worth the price tag for some, while others might not find this quite as valuable as multiple group therapy sessions and post-rehab support.
Patients want to get the best care available, but that doesn’t mean they can’t get quality treatment that fits a limited budget. Of course, rehab will come at a high price no matter where you go. However, users shouldn’t have the additional concern of unmanageable debt on top of the pressure to get clean.
It’s commendable for the patient and his or her loved ones to take a “best care money can buy” approach, but rehab truly doesn’t have to cost as much as they might be willing to pay. If the rehab centers closer to home tend to come with the highest price tags, consider looking into programs a little further out.
Possible solution: The perfect program should never be hindered by the patient’s ability to pay. Luckily, there are several organizations that strive to help patients in need by offering grants and loans to help cover these heavy costs. They offer helpful information about applying for aid. Also keep in mind that the sticker price can be negotiated, so be sure to talk directly with program coordinators about aid opportunities and cost adjustments.
Changing Your Life the Easy Way
Rehab isn’t about what the patient’s loved ones want or what their doctors want. It’s about what the patient wants, and it will only be effective if these needs and wants are met in the program selected. Although these three signs are typically high priority across the board, it can’t be reiterated enough that all patients will have a unique list of priorities and concerns about their rehab program. The perfect program can be hard to find, which is why we offered solutions to these potential deal-breakers as they come up. Attending rehab will already be a dramatic, life-changing event, but it can be made that much easier when the program fits.