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Top 5 Must-Haves in Drug Addiction Treatment

It may sound simple to find the best possible drug rehab program, but there are a lot of choices. Many programs look good at first, but how do you know which one offer the services your addicted loved one needs? Does the treatment program have the ability to help you navigate the process of recovery after addiction?

Certainly, there are some things that you should look for in a drug rehab treatment. They signify that they offer everything your loved one needs to make a strong start in recovery – but the following list includes items that many classify as non-negotiable.

The best possible beginning in sobriety begins when the drug rehab you choose offers your addicted family member:

  1. Initial evaluation and diagnosis: Medical and psychological evaluations help the treatment team identify the issues that drive the cravings for drugs and alcohol.If these issues are identified early on, addiction treatment can–and should–include treatment for these issues.
  2. Personalized treatment plans: No two experiences with active addiction are exactly the same; so, no two experiences with detox and addiction treatment are the same either. A personalized treatment plan allows for a unique arrangement of therapeutic interventions, traditional and alternative treatments. Holistic options are then chosen based on the ability to bring positive change to the person’s life.
  3. A range of treatment options: The best treatment plans include therapeutic interventions, medical resources, and a variety of treatments. For example, with a holistic approach to addiction, people with dependencies are given an opportunity to find their own rhythm to recovery.[1] The more options there are to choose from at the rehab center, the more likely it is that the patient will be able to connect with treatment that works for him.
  4. Family education and support: Family often plays a crucial role in an addicted person’s recovery. Though it is not necessary to have a family’s support to live a clean and sober life, it can be helpful to have people in his corner who knew him prior to addiction. These people are willing to work through the pain of choices made under the influence, and will stand by him as he rebuilds his life in recovery.
  5. Aftercare support: Long-term therapeutic support after treatment is imperative to a person’s ability to stay sober.This can be achieved by connecting with a supportive recovery community.It is through this community you can continue to grow and heal in therapy. Where you live and who you surround yourself with also plays an important role in recovery. Individuals, families, and communities that have experienced social and economic disadvantages are more likely to face greater obstacles to overall health.[2]

Intensive Individualized Treatment

Troubled woman with counselorWhat does your loved one need specifically when it comes to an effective drug rehab program? You can determine this by working together with the prospective program to find out if they offer the treatment resources that your loved one needs to thrive.

For example, if your family member struggles with a co-occurring mental health disorder like—a panic disorder or depression—then a psychological evaluation may be appropriate. In addition, intensive care and treatment for that disease is necessary within the context of the drug rehab program. If they don’t have the facility does not have the ability to provide that level of integrated care, they are not the right fit for your loved one.

Questions to Ask

You can ensure you are connecting with the right drug rehab for your loved one’s needs when you get the answers to the following questions:

  • What kind of medical care and support do you offer?
  • Will you be able to work with my family member’s psychiatrist/doctor who was previously providing care for an underlying medical/mental health disorder?
  • What is the experience and expertise of the staff members who would be working with my family member?
  • What do you offer in terms of family support and education?
  • What types of therapeutic interventions do you offer?
  • Who provides these therapies to patients?
  • What aftercare options do you have for patients and their families?
  • Do you work with my insurance provider? Do you offer financing options?

Taking the time to fully research options before choosing a treatment program can make a significant impact on whether or not that rehab program is truly a good fit for your addicted family member. If you would like to get the answers to the questions above or have some other questions, please feel free to call Michael’s House. Our admissions coordinators are ready to help serve you. Don’t delay. Please take this step forward today.


[1] How to Quit the Holistic Way. Apostolides, Marianne. Published on Sept 1st, 1996.

[2] https://www.samhsa.gov/recovery Recovery and Recovery Support.