Inpatient vs. Outpatient – The first decision should be about the type of rehabilitation to address your needs. Inpatient treatment is going to provide a facility and a bed to stay in. Inpatient programs also offer a controlled environment and around-the-clock staffing. Outpatient centers allow the individual to maintain a work/home life while undertaking treatment. One should determine what is best for the individual in question when it comes to the mode of care.
Length of Care – Overcoming the struggles of chemical dependency can take time and one of the principles of effective treatment is that an adequate amount of care is provided in a rehabilitation type of setting. Because of this, most inpatient programs can focus on a 90-day program, based on the positive outcomes that this length has shown. You should ask the provider about the length of the program.
In addition, measures should be taken to assist with transition after treatment, when relapse possibility is quite high. This is known as aftercare or continuing care and can involve sober living, drug monitoring, a sponsor or sober companion. It may be a benefit to ask about what types of aftercare programs are provided as a part of addiction treatment.
Do not Get Caught Up in Success Rates – Many facilities go to great lengths to advertise and boast success rates. Unfortunately, a lot of times these numbers are not accurate or are qualified in some way. It is always best to ask questions about what is offered from the facility and not just focus on the percentage of success that is boasted on a web site.