Updated: Mar 12
Admittedly, there are numerous treatment centres that pops up on search engines but what are the key factors when choosing which one to go to? The important factor to hold onto is that you’ve taken a big step already.
Try to jot down a few notes on what you think is important for you to achieve during treatment such as type of resources and support you’ll need to follow through on your commitment.
Have you ever tried to get clean on your own and experienced withdrawal symptoms? In a lot of cases you end up taking the substance to alleviate the physical pain making it almost unbearable.
Do you think that supervised, medical intervention will help you get over the second hurdle? Look at a centre that offers detoxification even if it’s off-site. Their experienced staff/contracted staff are familiar with the needs of an addict going through withdrawal.
Some centres offers long- and short-term treatment programmes. Chances are, if you’ve never been for treatment, you would not know which programme to choose.
It is generally accepted that the long-term treatment programmes are more effective. But in some cases, clients cannot stay for long-term treatment due to financial or employment obligations. If you find yourself in that position, make sure you choose a centre that has a short-term approach to ensure your treatment plan is focused on aftercare.
If you are dedicated to your recovery combined with a treatment centre geared for your situation which offers a more intensive programme you will be well away on your road to recovery when you get back home.
Therapy is crucial to the treatment of addiction. Not only is this obtained through group topics, but one-on-one counselling and evidence based therapy will ensure the best advantage for long-term sobriety. A program that focuses on the individual is an important aspect in any programme.
Nutrition is a highly-neglected aspect in addiction and getting back on track with your health is crucial. Vitamin deficiency for example has overhauled your body making you susceptible to hundreds of symptoms that needs an article of its own.
Choose a centre that provides a nutritional programme in supplements and meal plans to make sure you put back into your body for a more healthier body and mind. Having nutrition build into the programme will ensure you receive education on health promotion. Easy to follow guides to implement in your new life in recovery.
Dual-diagnosis is a term that is often used in the circles of addiction and it’s an important factor that cannot be compromised on. An addictive disorder with a mental health disorder combined makes it hard to achieve realistic expectations in a treatment programme as one or the other disorder is neglected in the treatment approach. With integrated treatment both co-occurring disorders are treated.
We’ve posted on why it is important for a treatment centre to be registered. The regulations provide for a comprehensive programme that sets out the importance of all aspects on recovery. Most of these factors listed in this post are mentioned in the article and the Department of Social Development have measures in place to ensure the centres comply.
In most cases, life in addiction causes conflict and resentment in families from both sides. Having the family involved in your recovery will not only provide the much-needed support but with the right treatment centre, communication that has been long lost starts to be restored. It does not mean all is good in an instant, but as much as this is a road of recovery for you, it is a new road for them too.
Certain changes need to be made after your discharge. Make sure the treatment centre provides as much guidance and resources for them too to be more prepared.
Having a holistic treatment approach emphasizes the importance that the disease of addiction is multi-faceted. Holistic means a whole-body approach, focusing on your mind, body and soul. Ask for the contents of the treatment programme they offer. If they do not apply such a philosophy, it could be assumed that they address only the problem and not the person. It is important to ensure that the program focuses on addiction as a disease and not a moral failing.
Lastly, your aftercare plan enables you to look at what might be waiting for you when you get back home. Being realistic and knowing the work isn’t over is but another step in your recovery.
When proper aftercare isn’t done, potential relapse is such a prominent fear, you stop enjoying your road on recovery less and less. You isolate yourself from more and more terrified you might slip.
With a comprehensive aftercare plan you’ll be able to accept life on life’s terms and feel comfortable with your choices as you’ve identified possible triggers and the necessary behaviour needed not to give in.
It seems like a mouthful of information but your recovery is worth exploring every aspect. Please read our post on why you should choose us as your partner through this journey.
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