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How to Choose a Drug or Alcohol Treatment Program in Texas

Some people make a decision themselves about going to treatment. In many cases it is a family member or friend that gets the agreement of the addict to go to treatment. In any case, once a decision about going to treatment has been made, the next thing is to find a treatment program that fits the individual needing help.
Today that can be a very confusing and difficult process and wanted to lend my long experience in this field to just give some basic points that I have found important when you are looking for an in-patient or residential treatment program.

  1. Choose long term treatment. In the field of drug rehabilitation, long terms means more than 30 days. A lot of programs are 30 days, but in my experiences a majority of addicts that do just a 30 days program, will relapse and have to do treatment again – possibly several times and then often still with a poor or no result.
  2. Look for a program that is away from the addicts home or where he has his drug friend and buddies. There are several reasons for that. Treatment programs are not lock downs and a person has to be there based on his/her own willingness. Emotions are always going to flare up and there will be good and bad days in treatment. If a person is close to home, he can just walk out of treatment and find his way home. Some treatment centers allow phone calls and the addict can call a friend to be picked up or even to have drugs brought to the treatment center. Being far away from home, makes it much harder for the addict to react to bad days by leaving treatment and it gives the treatment center a chance to help the person through a rough day or period.
  3. It is my recommendation to look for programs that do not have a set time for completion of the treatment. If it has a certain amount of days, it indicates that it is cookie cutter treatment. Every person is different and has different issues and problems that must be addresses. You cannot decide beforehand that an addict is going to be completely rehabilitated within a certain amount of days. Open ended, individualized treatment is, in my opinion more effective.
  4. I would look for treatment that addresses the various aspects of addiction. There is always a physical aspect. That means a person craves the drugs or the alcohol and has withdrawal symptoms of various kinds. Drugs can also cloud the thinking process because it causes toxicity of the body. There are most often serious underlying issues (mental and emotional) at the root of the drug problem. A person is using the drug or alcohol as a solution to some physical or mental problem. If not dealt with, it will kick the person in teeth when he comes out of rehab. The third aspect is the learned behavior. The addict has learned to use drugs to escape the reality of life and often do not have any coping skills or skills to get and keep a job, start ad maintain healthy relationships, deal with difficulties that arise in life. An addict needs tools he can use and a plan of action or he is likely to run his head into a wall when trying to reintegrate himself into society. Look for a treatment program that deals with all of these points.
  5. There are thousands of treatment centers to choose from. There are some pitfalls you want to avoid. Always conduct a thorough interview with someone form the treatment center. If you re looking at a private drug and alcohol treatment center, realize that the person you are talking to, is basically a sales person for that treatment center.

Here are some questions you can ask to be sure that you know the quality of the center. Ask what the success rate of the treatment center is. Ask to see some kind of documentation of the success rate. If the question is being avoided or no documentation can be provided, move onto the next.

Ask for references. You should be bale to get names and numbers of people who have been happy with their treatment or with the treatment of a loved one. Again, if there are excuses why the center cannot provide references, move on.

Listen carefully to the person you are talking to at the treatment center. Is the person mostly interested in your money or your insurance or is there an air of sincerity and patience with your questions. Listen for a care factor for yourself or the person you are calling about.

Our organization is here to help guide people in the process of finding the most appropriate treatment, but you will eventually have to speak to the treatment center yourself, and hopefully these tips will help you.