Have you hit rock bottom? Or are you looking down at a loved one who seems to just be hitting rock bottom time after time again?
It’s a terrible place to be. Both situations hurt and it can look like you or your loved one will never climb out of that pit. And they may not, on their own, with no resources.
But they can climb out with help from the best rehab centers and detox programs. These centers are like a shining light in the darkest of days, offering a ladder an addict can climb up out of that pit.
Learn what you should look for in these life-saving centers below.
1. Look for Detox Centers
When you go into your recovery journey, you’ll either be detoxing or about to detox from your substance of choice. The detox process is not pleasant. No, that’s an understatement. The detox stage can be the hardest part of initial recovery.
Depending on your drug of choice, you could experience everything from migraines, to the shakes, to nausea and lack of appetite. And those are typically the mildest symptoms.
If you go into a rehab center that doesn’t offer detox, then you’ll have to wade through these symptoms on your own as you try to face recovery. It makes a hard task even harder.
The best kinds of rehab centers offer you at least treatment, if not prevention, for your symptoms during detox. That means they’ll give you non-psycho-active medication to make your transition to sobriety more comfortable.
With your symptoms under control, you can actually focus on the program, and you’ll end up having a better chance at success.
Plus – if you ever relapse, you don’t have to dread the detox process. You’ve done it before and you know where to get help if you need it.
2. Look for Good Reviews
When it comes to online reviews for rehab centers and detox facilities, you’re going to see almost all positive reviews. But there are usually one or two reviews from people who were unwilling to get better in the first place.
If you see a review of this sentiment, don’t judge the facility. They can give you all the resources to succeed, but choosing to get sober is a choice each patient has to make.
There’s always a few patients who choose not to make that choice or fight it every step of the way.
The reviews you do want to pay attention to are from friends and family of the addict. The addict’s opinion is important, but they may not have gotten around to writing a review, as they’re busy rebuilding their lives.
Their friends and family, however, are the ones that see the changes in their formerly addicted friend, spouse, or sibling. What do they have to say about the facility? The progress made? The accessibility of the facility for loved ones and how well they addressed questions and concerns?
3. Ask Your Doctor for a Recommendation
If you’re the one orchestrating your care, then good for you. The addict who puts themselves into recovery is an extremely strong and capable person.
And such, if you can admit your addiction to your doctor, then allow them to recommend centers or programs they think are right for you.
A lot of recovery, and especially detox, happen on a continuum of care. Your doctor may need to consult with others on what detox treatments you should go through to best address your personal symptoms.
If the doctor is familiar with the facility, then they’ll already have a relationship with the people there. That means you can expect smoother and faster care, personalized to your own needs.
If you’re talking to a doctor for a loved one, the same holds true. Try to find a doctor they’ve worked with before, though they may not be authorized to give you health information due to HIPAA.
You can call and say, “Hi, I’m the sister of one of your patients, and I’m looking for recommendations for a rehab or detox center. Do you have any that you would recommend”?
Going about asking in this way means they don’t have to walk any HIPAA lines and you get the information you need.
4. Take a Tour
Drop by the rehab or detox center you’re thinking about the most and ask for a tour. Almost every facility has a tour offering, though not all will like you to drop by unannounced.
If taking a tour in person isn’t an option, see if they have a tour page on their website. Virtual is better than nothing!
Showing a resistant loved one the luxury and quality of care they could receive can be a motivating factor.
5. Find a Location You Like
When it comes to the location of rehab or detox centers, there are two major theories. One theory is that if you keep your loved one close to home, they’ll benefit from their community.
The other theory contradicts that, saying that a change of scenery might be just what the addict needs to make a full recovery without distractions. It’s likely they have friends at home who use as well, so you may need to get them away from that negative cycle altogether.
Whichever theory you believe in, we think our location is pretty special, and it’s right on the Treasure Coast of Florida. Located in Stuart, we’re just a short drive from major Florida cities – but far enough away to count as a new environment.
6. Talk to Someone First
As an addict or someone acting on behalf of one, you want to make sure the facility is the right fit. And facilities know that! They have counselor lines open right now for you to call and learn more.
You can ask them any questions you have and use that conversation to determine if you want to continue looking into the facility.
7. They Offer Amenities
The detox and recovery process is a punishment on its own. Your loved one has to learn how to re-live their lives. You don’t want them to suffer more than they have to.
That’s why you need to find a detox center that has plush amenities. Arts and crafts, or at least video games, are a must.
The Best Rehab Centers
When it comes to choosing a rehabilitation and detox center for you or your loved one, make sure they check the boxes above. You want to make sure detox isn’t any harder than it has to be.
The best rehab centers focus on detox first, so you can get over that initial, terrible hump.
Need more information about the detox process? Learn how and why addiction is a disease in this article.