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How do I choose a Treatment Centre?

Updated: Jan 11

How Do I Choose A Treatment Centre
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Admittedly, numerous treatment centres pop 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 the 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 offer 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. However, 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 of any programme.

Nutrition is a highly-neglected aspect of 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 need 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 healthier body and mind. Having nutrition built 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. 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 a treatment centre needs to be registered. The regulations provide for a comprehensive programme that sets out the importance of all aspects of 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, that you stop enjoying your road to 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.

Contact us today or visit our site for more information on our programme.


Discover crucial factors when choosing a treatment centre for your recovery journey. Explore insights on detox options, the choice between long-term and short-term programs, the importance of therapy, the role of nutrition, integrated dual-diagnosis treatment, family involvement, a holistic approach focusing on mind, body, and soul, and the significance of a comprehensive aftercare plan. Make an informed decision to ensure a well-rounded and effective recovery. Contact us today or visit our site for detailed program information and support.

Supervised Detoxification

The importance of supervised, medical intervention during detox is emphasised. The blog suggests that attempting to get clean on your own may lead to unbearable withdrawal symptoms, and a treatment centre with experienced staff or contracted professionals familiar with the needs of individuals going through withdrawal can provide crucial support.

Long- and Short-Term Treatment Programs

Individualised Therapy

Nutritional Support:

Dual-Diagnosis Consideration

Holistic Treatment Approach

In conclusion, the blog underscores the importance of comprehensive factors when choosing a treatment centre, ranging from supervised detox and individualized therapy to nutritional support, dual-diagnosis consideration, and a holistic treatment approach. It emphasizes the need for proper aftercare planning to support individuals in their ongoing recovery journey. The reader is encouraged to explore every aspect of their recovery and consider PRC Recovery as a partner in this journey.



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