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How to Pick the Right Alcohol and Drug Rehab Program in Texas

Texas Drug Rehabs was setup as a no cost service to guide you through the difficulty of finding an alcohol or drug rehab center for yourself or your loved one. Drug rehab counselors are standing by right now to answer your questions and help you find effective and affordable rehab.

The drug rehab help line has Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors standing by who can help you locate any drug rehab program in Texas and throughout the Unied States.

Our staff of drug rehab counsleors has over 35 years of experience. You will be speaking to a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor with, at least, a Master's Degree in the rehab field. You will be delightfully surprised with the candor and objectivity with which our counselors address the alcohol and drug addiciton and rehabilitation situation in Texas and throughout our country.

Our counselors also have a private practice in Outpatient Treatment of alcohol and other drug problems in the Dallas metro area.

The only similarity in choosing a drug and alcohol rehab as compared to picking a treatment for any other serious disease, like cancer or heart disease, in that both of these fields offer the consumer many choices.

However, the difference in choosing a traditional medical program and looking for alcohol and drug rehab lies in:

  1. An established level of professional training and professional expertise
  2. A treatment-wide acceptance of what constitutes alcohol and drug treatment
  3. A predictability of success

Most medical/surgical hospitals that are treating cancer or heart disease are employing clinical skills and techniques that are based on years of research and have clinical protocols that are similar to proven, successful procedures and are closely followed by everyone in their field. Systems are employed to ensure that the medical staff duplicated the established protocols so that the hospital can replicate the successes of the research-based procedures. This is the accepted scientific method of approaching any complex medical treatment.

Alcohol and drug treatment programs haven't reached that level of understanding and scientific scrutiny and, therefore, the consumer is left to wade through all of the testimonials on the internet about why everyone favors their own particular program. (It becomes even more biased when some internet sites are paid to discredit other rehab programs.) In fact, many intake counselors will fabricate lies about other programs in an attempt to sway you towards their program. This is literally a nightmare and has no place in terms of helping you make an educated decision.

Alcohol and drug treatment program modalities, or types, are based on whatever management "feels" is successful, and is usually the type of program that the staff have attended as their personal treatment. That my sound absurd, but in reviewing over 150 programs throughout the country, it is the rule, rather than the exception.

Routinely, whatever was successful in helping the owners or mangers of the program in their recovery, will be the emphasis in the clinical style that they will be using. That is one reason why you find programs where you can complete their regime in 21 days and others that require a year or more. The alcohol and drug rehab field has yet to establish a program model of success that is followed by all.

Naturally, most people think that the longer a program stays in treatment, the better its outcomes, but that isn't necessarily the case. Many times the year-long programs get about the same, shameful, lack of success as the 21-30 day programs. So, which rehabs are the best programs and how do you choose which alcohol or drug treatment programs have the best success in handling your problem or that of someone you love?

You enlist the help of trained and experienced, third party treatment specialist who can guide you through your drug rehab options carefully explaining the pros and cons of each and documenting recovery rate statistics.

However, the internet does not guarantee that you are necessarily talking with someone that really is a trusted and trained professional that has the education and experience to actually be an "expert" in this field. In fact, you may be talking with someone who knows very little about the comparative analysis of different modalities of treatment or the qualities and problems of individual rehab centers.

If you call our hotline, 1-888-781-7060, you will be talking to a professional with a Master's Degree and PhD training in the alcohol and drug treatment field. Someone that has over 30 years of experience as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and has reviewed over 150 rehab programs on site.

Many of the other sites on the web have "counselors" that have attended rehab and are speaking from their experience. That information is important, as well, but it isn't a legitimate comparative analysis of the different treatment programs. It is an opinion. They may be "certified drug counselors", which is also important, but certification indicates that the person has two to three years of experience in the field and was able to pass an exam regarding his knowledge in the field. This could be valuable information and we are not saying that you shouldn't get as much data as possible, but keep in mind that there are many levels of advice given on the web and the more education and experience that the telephone counselor has, naturally, the more reliable is the information and guidance.

There are, however, many programs that literally lie about their rehab successes. In the review of over 150 treatment centers, we have found that most of the counselors and middle management personnel are dedicated to helping their clients. They may not have the skills to get the product needed, but their honestly want to help. Many time the owners and upper management are working on a profit motive and would like to have successes clinically, but since that might raise expenses, they are fine with the idea that alcohol and drug treatment helps a drug addict or alcoholic to better handle their chronic disease rather than looking at a cure.

In calling other web site, we have found that the above information is accurate, but there are also people who profess to be knowledgeable and educated, but we were able to discern that their data was inaccurate and it would be more truthful if they said that they were salesmen and not alcohol and drug rehab professionals. We Guarantee that you will be Speaking with a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Professional with education above a Master's Degree.

Drug and alcohol addiction involves habitual routines and personal contacts for its support. This is why it is so important to create Drug Free Zones around schools and other areas where youth congregate. Alcohol and drug addiction is not just drug and alcohol use, it revolves around people and things in their immediate environment which help to trigger the addictive behavior. The abusers location & routines of drug and alcohol use further trigger more drug and alcohol use.

Therefore, most knowledgeable counselors and researchers will tell you that removing the addict or alcoholic from his comfortable surrounding plays an important role in ensuring that his attention will be focused on rehabilitation and not how his "friends" pick him up or deliver drugs to him while he is in treatment.

Since nearly all alcoholics and drug addicts want to stop using, they will be the first to tell you that they would like to go somewhere out of their familiar area to find help. If they are wanting to stay near their home, then they are probably hedging their bets in case the treatment isn't giving them what they are expecting on an immediate basis.

Also, Texas Drug Rehab reviewed over 150 centers throughout the US and, unfortunately, there aren't that many that are actually effective and worth your serious consideration...therefore, many times it will be necessary, but also beneficial, for the family to help the alcoholic or addict leave their geographical area to seek effective alcohol and drug treatment.

By the time that you have read this information, you should have the basis of what you need to do to find effective alcohol and drug treatment programs. Nothing can replace a conversation with a licensed counselor with years of experience. You can't afford to learn by experience...

What if I have already attended a program and it didn't work, what now?

Approximately 5% of those persons that attend a 30-day rehab program have success for a period of two years or more. The majority of addicts relapse within the first ninety days. Because of the ineffectiveness of these types of treatment programs, many have to attend multiple treatment programs in an attempt to handle their addiction.

These programs believe that addiction is a chronic and progressive and a disease of relapse, so they don't accept responsibility for these poor outcomes. They see their role as helping a person to find strategies that will sustain their clean-time longer. They feel as though they have accomplished their mission if they extend the number of days between relapses, rather than graduate people that are totally capable to stay drug free.

If you or a loved one has attended an alcohol or drug rehab and is again facing the same problem, there are measures that you can take to ensure that the next rehab will, more than likely, be the last.

First of all, it is of very little benefit to attend the same center again even thought he intake counselors at the original center will try to convince you otherwise. If you or a loved one has attended a program that has established outcomes above the 50% level, then you will want to talk to their clinical personnel to see what might have transpired at the original treatment and what could be different in a new the next time.

Keep in mind that there aren't any 30-day facilities that can achieve successful outcomes above the 50% level. No matter the program or its cost, it is generous to say that they may get eve 10% actual successful outcomes.

There are some long-term treatment programs that get upwards to 75% success and these programs should be your first choice and if you relapse, it should be considered to be a viable choice again, but only if you are satisfied with their explanation of why the relapse occurred and what measures will be applied to ensure that this isn't going to happen again.

There are so few ethical, equitable and successful treatment programs that you don't want to automatically blame the program if they can help you understand how the addict's actions and lack of compliance have led to this relapse. It will always be a judgment call, but rely on what makes sense to you and not on a justification that it is the addict's fault when the rehab program has never had success at a level of more than one or two in ten.

Too many times, families will give up on treatment because of these centers that are ineffective, but if you care about your life or that of a loved one, this is a time when for everyone to assess the cause of why the original rehab wasn't successful and cut your losses and move to a program that has proven to help others. In time, to not repeat treatment is almost surely a decision that will be regretted.