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Questions to Ask When Looking for A Drug Rehab

Dr. Norris Von Curl, II, MD

Dr. Norris Von Curl, II, MD

When you make the commitment to face your substance abuse head on and attend drug rehab, you are making one of the most important decision of your life. The prospect of turning your life around and embracing the joys of sobriety fills you with hope, but looking for a drug rehab that best fits your needs is entirely a different story. While there are many quality drug rehab options that are available, what type of facility will offer the services and care you need to restore your health and to reclaim your life?


The following article will highlight a few of the most important questions to keep in mind when looking for the drug rehab facility that will best address your unique needs. If you are looking for drug and alcohol programming that will allow you to overcome your substance abuse but are unsure of where to turn, First Steps Recovery can help. We offer all addicts quality drug treatment programming that is truly effective and personalized to fit you special needs and goals in recovery. Call us toll-free today to learn more.

What Questions Do I Need to Ask?

When you decide to attend drug rehab, you are making a major commitment of both your time and your money. When you decide on a rehab center, you need to be 100 percent sure that the facility you choose has the care, services and support that will allow you to achieve and maintain long-term sobriety and avoid frequent relapses. The following are a few basic yet important questions that you need to ask the drug rehab facilities you contact:

Is Your Drug Rehab Properly Accredited and Licensed?

The first question that you need to ask each drug and alcohol rehab that you visit is if their programs that are accredited by the state that it is operating. If you are visiting the facility in person, these accreditations and licenses should be in plain view and up to date. In addition to the proper accreditation, you must also ask if the staff that works that the facility is properly licensed, well-trained, and highly experienced in working with a diverse group of addicts. Additionally, the facility itself should be clean, well-maintained and provide a safe environment where there is strict supervision 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

Are Your Treatment Programs and Services Evidence-Based?

A second and equally important question that you must ask a drug rehab facility is if the drug and alcohol treatment programs they offer are evidence-based. Simply defined, evidence-based treatment means that the programs a rehab facility offers were designed through extensive research and they have been proven effective through comprehensive and independent studies. The research that goes into creating these programs is usually conducted at universities, published in peer-reviewed journals and then utilized in treatment centers. You must ask every drug and alcohol rehab center if they have their success rates on file.

Is Your Staff Able to Individually Design Drug Treatment Plans to Find My Unique Needs?

Another important characteristic of the best alcohol and drug rehab facilities is the emphasis of individualized treatment programs that will address your specific needs. Addiction professionals realize that every addict that walks through the doors of a treatment facility have unique issues, and a “one size fits all” treatment mentality will not adequately address those issues. The concept of simply shuffling clients from one program to the next does not give addicts the resources they need to truly overcome their substance abuse. Therefore, you must ask if the staff at the treatment facility you are looking at is able to create a treatment plan created specifically for your needs. Every individual treatment plan should include a combination of individual and group therapy, life and coping skills training, medical detoxification and medical care, and relapse prevention. These individualized treatment plans should also be easily modified as your progress in treatment.

What is the Cost of Drug Treatment?


Perhaps the million dollar question (no pun intended) that you ask is how much treatment will cost. The total price tag of drug treatment can
be shocking. On average, a 28-30 day in a drug treatment facility can cost $30,000 and if you decide on a luxury treatment facility the total cost can be around $100,000. While these figures are shocking, it is important to put the total cost of drug and alcohol treatment into context–especially in comparison to treating other serious illnesses such as cancer and heart disease. An important question to ask immediately is whether or not your insurance will cover the cost of treatment.

Many drug and alcohol rehabs will provide a complementary and comprehensive evaluation of your insurance to see to what degree you are covered. In the event that you are underinsured or even uninsured, you need to ask the treatment facility if they have alternative forms of payment they would accept for their services. In these cases, drug treatment facilities should have sliding fee scales or other forms of financial assistance available to all clients. Ultimately, many drug and alcohol treatment facilities feel their services should be available to anyone who seeks them regardless of their ability to pay.

Are You Unsure Of  Where You Should Seek Treatment? Call First Steps Recovery Today

When you are searching for a drug treatment center to address and overcome your addiction to substances, it is necessary that you understand what you need to look for and have someone that you can trust to guide you in the right direction. At First Steps Recovery, our ultimate goal is to provide those who seek recovery the programming, services and care they need to realize lifelong recovery. We offer a wide array of drug and alcohol treatment programs that are backed by research and proven to work for you. Our staff takes time to create a treatment plan that targets your specific needs so you can gain confidence in overcoming your addiction.

Call First Steps Recovery today and focus on breaking the vicious cycle of addiction once and for all.

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