When you have a loved one who is struggling with an alcohol problem or drug addiction, getting them into treatment can seem like a daunting task. This is especially challenging when you aren’t really sure what you are looking for when it comes to a treatment program. In this case it pays to be a questioning consumer as we are talking about a loved one’s health, safety and wellness. Addiction treatment providers should be able to provide answers to any or all of your questions or concerns.
Below are questions you should be able to ask every treatment provider and they should be more than willing to help you with answers. These questions are based upon a more detailed guide provided by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. By doing a Google search you will find that there are a number of programs available. We also advise to seek out professional help from intervention services and medical professionals if you need more educated assistance on finding an alcohol treatment or drug rehab program for a loved one.
Question #1 – What is the Treatment Based On?
There are a number of proven treatments, both scientifically and through experience that have shown to be beneficial in treating chemical dependency. This consists of both therapies and support types of programs. One such approach is through behavioral therapies and effective treatments involving individual, group and even some have family therapy sessions. In addition to discussing treatment and therapies that a program offers, It is also important to learn about those who provides these treatments. A good rule of thumb is to find programs that have licensed, practicing addiction professionals which is sometimes not the case.
Question #2 – What is Involved in the Treatment Program?
No single treatment works for everyone. Effective addiction treatment should work to meet varying needs of alcoholics and addicts. This means more than just therapy in most cases. It needs to be a combination of services that involves medical help if needed, as well as family and social support. Mental health disorders (depression, anxiety, PTSD) also co-occur with alcohol and drug addiction quite often. A program should be able to help with such concerns with diagnosis, medications and therapies.
Question #3 – Is Addiction Treatment Individualized?
Once again treatment must meet the needs of the individual. Over time, these needs can change based on progress or even digression. An individualized program should be able to adapt and provide continued effective treatment as the individual progresses. In the case of relapse, adapting does mean providing services that address the concerns behind the relapse with furthering therapies and support.
Question #4 – How Long is the Program?
Will it be enough time for your loved one to receive sufficient care? Appropriate time in treatment should be based upon the individual case as well. It depends on factors like the types of substance that was abused, how long the individual has been abusing the drug, and any underlying factors that require attention in treating the addiction. A good rule of thumb is 90 days or three months in a program. This can involve both efforts of inpatient and outpatient care. Remember that like other diseases that recovery from addiction is a long-term process and that a program should reflect this by providing sufficient care over an appropriate amount of time.
Question #5 – Do you offer a Continuing or After Care?
Self-help groups and recovery fellowships like 12-step programs further the efforts of professional treatment. It has already been stated, but recovery from addiction is a long-term process and not all of this takes place within the walls of an alcohol or drug rehab facility. Most professional drug addiction providers will offer a program to continue help. Sometimes this is called aftercare. It can involve living in a sober home and continuing with professional counseling. Most drug addiction programs will also encourage involvement in groups like Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous to surround the individual with a social support network.
- What About Success Rates? When you do searches on the web, you will see addiction treatment facilities that are open about their success rates, even boastful. Seeing high success rates can be very tempting. After all you want your loved one to recover and to get your money’s worth. Studies have shown that success rates when it comes to addiction are not entirely accurate. Facilities can qualify these numbers in a number of ways. One example is by only counting individuals who have successfully finished the program. It is also not uncommon for alcoholics/addicts who have relapsed to not be entirely honest on follow-up phone calls. So be wary when it comes to success rates. You should make decisions by the answers you get by asking informed questions.
When it comes to the Cirque Lodge addiction treatment facility, we encourage you to call us. You are not going to get a sales pitch, but answers to your specific questions. We will teach you more about our program, and can even recommend professional services like 3rd party interventionists to help you. Even if you feel like Cirque doesn’t have the answers you are looking for, let us use our professional resources to help your loved one find an appropriate treatment program.