What Makes a Rehab Program Successful?

Research has shown that successful programs have certain features in common, like personalized treatment plans and evidence-based care. Matching the client with the appropriate services is the key to a successful, long-term recovery.

Before you settle on a drug rehab center, take a little time to investigate the services that it offers and its treatment philosophy. Ask the admissions counselors for information about the program’s history and its success rates. The more satisfied you are with your experience, the more likely you are to complete the program and move forward into the healthy life you deserve.

Individualized Treatment

Individual counselingAt one time, all people seeking addiction treatment received identical services at rehab facilities. Whether you were an adult or an adolescent, a man or a woman, you were assigned to the same therapies. Clients who could have been diagnosed with co-occurring disorders, like schizophrenia and addiction, were expected to go through rehab without any specialized care for their mental health condition.

It is important for each patient to received personalized treatment. The program you choose should treat each client as an individual, with a unique history and specific needs. Developing a truly personalized care plan begins with a complete evaluation of the prospective client. Before admission, the client should be assessed by an addiction treatment specialist or psychologist to determine important information, such as the following:

  • History of drug use
  • History of serious medical conditions
  • Co-occurring mental health disorders
  • Spiritual preferences
  • Family background
  • Previous experience with rehab

All of these factors, and many more, must be taken account before admission. It is important for patients to feel comfortable and ready to succeed in rehab. Without a feeling of being truly accepted and welcomed, a patient is likely to drop out.

Care for Co-Occurring Disorders

Awareness of the need for treatment for co-occurring disorders—recovery programs that treat both substance abuse and mental health diagnoses—has grown in recent years. Research has shown that psychiatric conditions and addiction frequently occur together in patients. The symptoms of a disorder like depression or bipolar disorder may hide the signs of substance abuse and vice versa. Effective rehab centers recognize this phenomenon and provide integrated care for their patients with co-occurring disorders.

It is important to make sure that all patients are screened for a co-occurring mental health disorder and get connected to treatment centers equipped to treat both diagnoses simultaneously. Staff should be equally competent in mental health and addiction treatment, and services should be integrated to accommodate both needs.

Family Involvement

Without the support and participation of your loved ones, your chances of success at rehab are greatly reduced. Addiction is not just an individual problem; it’s also a family disorder that involves every member of a household. Parents, children, spouses and significant others should be strongly encouraged to participate in counseling and educational sessions in order for rehab to be a success for the patient and the family.Family therapy addresses some of the following important issues:

  • The family’s role in enabling addictive behavior
  • The impact of addiction on each member of the home
  • Concerns about addiction in younger family members
  • Creating a stable, sober living environment after rehab

A comprehensive recovery program brings all members of a household into the healing process. Resentment, disappointment and hopes for the future can be openly discussed in a safe, neutral environment.

Addiction can do tremendous damage to a family. The emotional, legal and financial consequences of substance abuse can undermine trust between loved ones and create lasting pain. Through individual therapy, group therapy and educational weekends, families can begin to heal these wounds.

Continuing Care After Rehab

Aftercare is the transitional treatment that clients receive after completing the core program and is a crucial part of a successful program. Aftercare ensures that rehab graduates have the support they need to stay sober once they’ve left the secure, structured environment of a residential facility.

As you compare rehab programs, look for a treatment center that offers aftercare services, such as the following:

  • Relapse prevention training
  • Assistance with transitional housing (sober living homes)
  • Life skills classes
  • An alumni program for rehab graduates
  • Outpatient medication management programs
  • Access to counseling services
  • Referrals to outside services for recovering addicts

Addiction is a chronic medical condition that should be treated as such. Long-term aftercare solutions—like group therapy sessions, 12-Step meetings and medication management—are needed to ensure success.

For some people in recovery, the idea of going right back to the real world is a threat to their sobriety. An effective rehab program can arrange transitional housing at a sober living home within the community, where you can reintegrate gradually. Sober living homes provide enough structure to create a sense of security without compromising the recovering person’s self-sufficiency. Some rehab facilities operate their own transitional housing services while others can provide a comprehensive list of sober living homes in the area.

A Holistic Philosophy of Treatment

Holistic treatment centersconsider the patient’s entire being when developing a plan for recovery. This philosophy of care increases your chances of success by helping you heal on all levels and is an important consideration.

Holistic rehabs treat addiction as a disease of the psyche and the spirit as well as the body. In order to heal the whole person, rehabs should address the emotional and psychological aspects of recovery through services like the following:

  • Grief therapy
  • Complementary therapies (such as meditation, yoga and massage)
  • 12-Step meetings
  • Art therapy
  • Experiential therapy
  • Trauma recovery

With a nationally recognized rehab program and a stunning Palm Springs location, Michael’s House is uniquely equipped to offer holistic addiction treatment. We treat each individual as worthy of dignity, compassion and respect. We offer a specialized treatment program for patients with co-occurring disorders.

At Michael’s House, your recovery begins with a complete physical and psychiatric assessment. Our treatment plans include a full range of recovery services, including detox and stabilization, residential rehab, gender-specific recovery centers and gay-friendly rehab. In order to maximize your chances of success, we provide counseling and education to family members and offer ongoing care after you finish your rehab program.

Call us today at our 24-hour, toll-free helpline to find out how we can help you move forward into a healthy, sober future.


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