What to Look For in A Good Rehabilitation Center
Healing from any condition isn’t linear. There will be days when everything’s a lot worse and days when you wonder why you ever went down a dark road in the first place. However, it’s important to get it as right as you can when you first embark on the road to recovery.
Rehabilitation centers can be godsends for those wanting to get their life back on track. Time away from your daily life helps you realize what your triggers were, why you started drinking or taking drugs heavily in the first place, and what you can do to prevent yourself from doing it in the future.
If you’re confused about what features and facilities a good rehabilitation center should have, look no further.
Remoteness of Location
While this one isn’t essential, it’s definitely a plus. Being in a rehabilitation center or sober living facility that’s removed from the city ensures that you don’t just check yourself out on a whim when the cravings become worse out of nowhere or you don’t like what a staff member asked you to do or not do. In early recovery, especially in a residential treatment center, your emotions are up, down and all over the place. All it takes is the smallest event with staff or another resident to trigger your brain to tell you that you need to just walk out and leave.
It also helps to be away from certain people who may be a trigger for you and you not even be aware of that yet and all of a sudden the urge to drink or use comes up, so that you can numb the uncomfortable feels that always arise around that individual. The longer that you stay engaged with this person, the longer it will take for you to be able to step back and take an honest look at the entirety of your life without emotion attached to it. Time away will help you go deeper and really assess all the pros and cons of each of your relationships as well as the consequences that ended up playing out because of your involvement in those relationships.
Quality Psychological Care
There is no compromising on this one. Long-term recovery is a life- long process that will require the help and expertise of a licensed therapist or psychologist. Without a good psychologist at the facility you’re in, you run the risk of not being able to identify the underlying issue or issues as to why you self- medicate with alcohol and/or drugs. The drinking and using are merely the symptoms to a deeper, larger and more complexed issue going on inside of you that you have learned to cope with through substance abuse. While relapsing is not a pre-requisite to finally remaining clean and sober; it is however a strong possibility that you will relapse more than once on your journey to recovery. It is never a sign of weakness, it is merely information that can be used in a productive way, in order to see what lead up to the relapse and what was missing or not being done that you need to figure out.
A qualified and licensed therapist at the facility will help you engage with other clients in a process group, where feedback from your peers will be invaluable as well as work with you on a one on one basis. Through these sessions you will be given a lot to think about and do some real soul searching in order to get to the root of the problem. This can be through psychodynamic methods that dwell on trauma that you’ve carried throughout your life or just conventional psychotherapy. Give each modality a chance to work before deciding which one works best for you in your situation. Try to find out what people say about a facility’s therapist before you even think about checking yourself into that facility for treatment.
24/7 Availability of Staff
Because you are indeed dealing with a medical condition just as serious as diabetes or cancer, residential treatment centers must have 24 hour 7 days a week around the clock supervision by trained and experienced medical staff. The most important thing by far, though, is whether the staff at the facility cares about the people who are admitted. While this is an abstract quality, it can mean the difference between treatment that works and treatment that doesn’t.
Reputation and Prior Success
Rehabs live and die by how many patients successful exit their premises feeling materially better. The best rehabs don’t try to hide their failures, and in fact, advertise them as learning moments that made the facility better.
Not only is it a sign of efficacy of method if a facility has been around for a long time, if people tend to rave about how life-changing the experience was for them, you can assume you’re going to be in good hands as well.
Purpose Driven Recovery
A residential treatment facility needs to focus as much on abstinence from alcohol and /or drugs as it does on teaching you coping skills to go along with giving you ideas of hobbies or things that you used to really enjoy doing before the substances took your life over. A lot of people use alcohol and drugs as a coping mechanism for larger emptiness in their lives. If your treatment center doesn’t teach you how to fill those holes or at the very least give you some ideas on how to fill your days with productive and fulfilling activities before you leave then it’s a given that you will relapse, it’s only a matter of when and if you will live through it.