Helping your spouse get into a drug rehab center will start with trying to choose the best one for your spouse’s situation. Even when you limit treatment centers to those within your budget, you’ll find that each one offers a different range of services and amenities. You should start by determining which type of treatment will be best for your spouse. Some treatment centers offer faith-based therapy, while others provide therapy based on science and psychology, so it’s important to talk to your spouse about which type of treatment program they would prefer.
Another early step to take is to ask your spouse to undergo an assessment administered by a caregiver who is certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine. An addiction assessment will help determine which type of drug rehab program is ideal for your spouse’s situation. Even though inpatient residential treatment is one option, an outpatient program might be better for your spouse’s situation. The type of program recommended for your spouse will depend on a number of factors, such as:
- Length of time the individual has been using
- Type of substance the individual uses
- Size of each dose and the number of doses taken per day
- Individual’s age, gender, and physical condition
Take a Closer Look at Treatment Strategies
In many cases, addiction is either brought on by a pre-existing mental illness, or the addiction cycle causes emotional health problems to develop. This leads to a dual diagnosis of addiction and another illness, such as depression or bi-polar disorder, and both conditions will need to be treated simultaneously. If your spouse suffers from an emotional problem and that problem isn’t treated as a part of the drug rehab program, the likelihood of a relapse becomes stronger. In the time it takes to complete rehab and find the right psychological counseling service, the individual’s mental illness may prompt them to self-medicate. Today, most drug rehab centers also offer psychological counseling to circumvent this situation, but it’s important to check ahead of choosing a facility for your spouse.
While you’re interviewing drug rehab centers, don’t be shy about asking tough questions. For example, it may be important to find out if medication is used as a method of treatment and how it will be used. In some cases, medication helps treat the withdrawal symptoms of certain drugs, such as opioid-based painkillers. This is an effective method of treatment and you may want this option available to your spouse, so be sure to ask if the facility uses medications like methadone or naltrexone.
Evaluate the Physical Appearance of the Facility
It may be helpful to ask how long the facility has been in operation, or, alternatively, you can search the facility’s history online. While a drug rehab center that’s newer and has been in operation for under five years may be legitimate, there’s also a higher probability that it engages in unethical practices. This type of facility may be targeting addicts for financial gain and may not have the addict’s best interests in mind. It’s best to look for a facility that has been around for a few years and one that can provide positive testimonials from former clients.
As you tour the facility with your spouse, be careful not to judge the rehab center by its outward appearance. Certainly, you should expect the plumbing and electricity to be functioning properly, but you may want to overlook superficial flaws. Many treatment centers rely on clients and philanthropists for funding, so they may have to pick and choose where to direct their funding. While the facility may not paint the walls every spring, or hire landscapers to beautify the courtyard, they likely direct those funds toward providing better amenities and services for their clients. For this reason, be sure to ask about the amenities that are available to their clients, such as physical therapy, swimming, and other services that can help deal with the symptoms of withdrawal.
No drug rehab center can guarantee a successful recovery, so you should be wary of facilities that do promise results. When you call 440-252-3565 to speak with one of our counselors, you’ll learn how our treatment programs are designed to focus on recovery and reduce the chances of a relapse. Having access to counselors 24 hours a day and the resources that assist in dealing with the symptoms of addiction withdrawal will improve your spouse’s chances for a sustained recovery. To learn more about how we can help your spouse live a clean and healthy lifestyle, contact us at your convenience.