What are the Characteristics of a Good Rehab

Last modified: August 6, 2013 02:31:25 AM

Discussing Detox Plan

When one is dealing with a loved one or friend who has an addiction, there may be temptation to just put them into the first rehabilitation center one sees in order for the quitting process to begin quickly; however, as can be seen in many news stories, some rehab facilities are ineffective at best and deadly at worst, so extreme care must be taken when choosing a center.  Before checking in, make sure a facility meets the following criteria in order to give an addict the best chance at successfully kicking the habit.

  • The facility begins with detox  A proper facility understands that addicts cannot go a day without their drug of choice and that their bodies have grown dependent on the substance.  Detox ensures that the patient gets weaned off the drug  either through a rapid detox program or a more tradition 1 to 2 weeks detox.  In both detox methods, a good facility will have specialized medical staff, doctors and nurses to help the patient get through the debilitating and painful withdrawal symptoms.
  • The facility provides clinical isolation  Inpatient treatment that is residential is one of the most effective methods to turn an addict’s life around; a stay may last anywhere from 28 to 90 days and the undisturbed time is critical for an addict to get better.   Medical staff and counselors can ensure that patients don’t use drugs, and the patient can focus entirely on recovery, not worrying about the goings-on in the outside world.
  • The facility uses evidence-based therapies and treatments  Most rehabs in the U.S. use treatments and therapies that are statistically proven, scientifically tested, approved by government and approved by private institutions in the field.  Therapy should include extensive one-on-one counselling sessions; peer group sessions and therapies that are family-based also form part of the treatment arsenal of a so id rehab facility.
  • The facility provides reality therapy  This sort of therapy teaches a recovering addict to distinguish between situations that they can control and those they cannot; control issues are what underlie the addictions of many.  The patient learns how to deal with stress appropriately and avoid situations that may trigger cravings.
  • The facility will treat Post Acute Withdrawal  The leading cause of relapse is Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome, which can take place almost immediately after detox.  Effects are insomnia, chronic pain, depression, cravings, and at times, schizophrenia.  Good rehabs recognize the syndrome and will treat it with counselling, education and if needed, medication.

If a facility does not meet these requirements, it will be in the patient’s best interests to go to one that does.