Choosing the right treatment center for your needs and preferences is a critical part of early recovery. This will be the place you take your first steps toward a life of sobriety and physical and emotional well-being. There are over 14,500 drug rehabs in the US, and one size does not fit all. Drug rehabs vary in price, treatment approach, types of therapies, accommodations, staffing, and amenities. Here are some things to consider in your search.
There are several types of treatment centers, but one of the main differences is that some are public drug rehabs and others are private drug rehabs.
Public drug rehabs are nonprofits funded by federal, state, or local dollars. These types of rehabs help people with low income or no private insurance through an employer or self-purchase obtain addiction treatment. Depending on your income, public rehabs may be free or low cost. Many of these treatment centers provide a full continuum of addiction care that includes detox, residential rehab, and outpatient treatment. The majority of admissions are detox and outpatient patients.
To attend a public rehab center, you will likely need to provide documentation of your income and residency, which may include some or all of the following:
- Pay stubs, tax returns, banking statements, and other documents that demonstrate your inability to pay for other forms of treatment.
- Drivers’ license, utility bills, or other items that prove you are a resident in the state in which you’re seeking addiction treatment.
- Proof of U.S. citizenship.
- History of substance use.
- Referral from a physician or other health care professional.
Many public drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers provide excellent treatment delivered by highly experienced staff. These treatment facilities are a critical resource for people who don’t have insurance or the means to pay out-of-pocket costs.
There are a few aspects of public-funded drug and alcohol rehabs to consider in your search for treatment.
- There is often a waiting list — sometimes months-long — and recovery can’t wait for many people who are abusing drugs and alcohol and at risk for overdose, health problems, and worse.
- State-funded chemical dependency treatment facilities vary greatly in the level of accommodations and comforts.
- These treatment centers are often in large, urban areas, which can make access difficult for people who live outside of big cities and also contributes to waiting list times.
- A public-funded drug rehab facility has a limited budget that depends on state funds to operate and must follow certain pre-approved approaches. They sometimes lack the latest therapies and innovations in chemical dependency treatment and may have less staff and opportunities to tailor treatment to an individual’s specific needs.
Addiction treatment centers that are not funded by the government or grants are private drug rehabs. Private addiction rehabs usually take private insurance, so all or a portion of the costs could be covered depending on a patient’s insurance plan. Private drug rehabs range in cost from moderately priced to expensive luxury rehabs. Some clients without insurance pay out of pocket, potentially tapping into savings and getting funds from family members who want to see them get better.
The downside of private addiction treatment centers is the cost if you don’t have insurance, or your insurance plan has a high deductible. However, these drug rehabs offer several benefits:
- Private treatment centers have more freedom and funds to offer a range of therapies and cutting-edge addiction treatment approaches. A typical day may involve a variety of recovery activities rather than just group therapy.
- The housing for residential addiction treatment as well as day facilities are usually nicer with more amenities than publicly funded drug rehabs.
- More staff, selection of therapies, and resources allow these types of treatment centers to offer more individualized treatment plans that reflect each client’s most pressing clinical needs, as well as their preferences, life experiences, and goals.
- Waiting lists are rare because of the number of private treatment centers available (15,000+).
- These treatment programs don’t place a limit on the duration of time you spend in treatment.
How to Choose a Private Rehab
Entering alcohol or drug addiction treatment is stressful. Choosing the right drug rehab is an important decision. Here are some important aspects to consider as you conduct your search:
Choosing between a public and private rehab usually comes down to the funds you have to pay for treatment and the resources available to you. If you don’t have insurance and have a low income, you will likely enter a public rehab program.
When vetting treatment centers, ask them how many staff members they have and how many clients they admit at a time. Luxury rehabs typically have a very high staff-to-client ratio, some only admitting five to ten people at a time. Most private alcohol and drug addiction rehabs are larger but still provide a good staff-to-client ratio. This means you get more time and attention from the treatment team. An average to good staff-to-client ratio is around six or seven clients to one staff member.
If you have a chemical dependency, meaning you’ve been abusing drugs and alcohol regularly to the point where you experience withdrawal when you go without substances, you’ll want to make sure a drug rehab can meet your needs. They should offer medical detox, which is 24/7 care by medical staff who monitor your vital signs, keep you safe, and provide comfort through medications and other means for painful withdrawal symptoms.
People whose alcohol and drug addictions have affected their physical and mental health or are at high risk for relapse should enter a residential treatment program. This is the most intensive level of care at drug rehabs and provides space from triggers and round-the-clock support from staff. Following residential rehab, an intensive outpatient program can ease the transition back into independence.
Substance abuse is often tied to underlying mental health disorders or posttraumatic stress disorder. If you have a co-occurring mental health disorder like depression, bipolar disorder, or anxiety, it’s important to attend a treatment center that is licensed to treat substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health disorders. This is known as dual diagnosis treatment. If you only treat addiction symptoms and not their root cause, relapse is imminent.
Some people like to stay close to home or need to stay close to home because of family obligations and other responsibilities. Others find that attending addiction treatment in a different city or state provides them the space and frame of mind to better focus on recovery.
Private addiction treatment centers are located all over the country in a variety of settings. Whether you like mountains, beaches, desert areas, remote settings, or big cities, there are treatment facilities available. Some people find that attending treatment in an environment they find healing or that energizes them comforts them during early recovery.
Certain approaches have been proven effective in treating addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders. In your search, ask drug rehabs if their treatment model includes approaches like:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Motivational interviewing
- Medications for withdrawal symptoms
- Psychotropic medications
- Medication-assisted treatment
- Dual diagnosis treatment
- Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
- Sober living options
- Family therapy
Alcohol and drug addictions are often triggered or perpetuated by dysfunctional relationships. Involving family in treatment helps everyone recover together and learn healthier ways of communicating and supporting one another. If you’d like your loved ones to be involved in treatment, look for an addiction treatment center that offers family therapy or a structured family program.
If you or a loved one is struggling with alcohol and drug abuse, call us for a free, confidential consultation. We can make treatment recommendations based on your needs and help you verify what drug and alcohol rehab coverage your insurance provides.
Addictions we treat include:
- Alcohol addiction
- Opioid and heroin addiction
- Prescription drug addiction
- Marijuana and synthetic marijuana addiction
- MDMA addiction
- Cocaine addiction
- Stimulant addictions
- Methamphetamine addiction
- Polydrug use
Vogue Recovery Center offers evidence-based treatment in home-like, welcoming settings. Levels of care include:
- Alcohol and drug detox
- Residential treatment
- Partial hospitalization
- Intensive outpatient programs
- Outpatient treatment
- Sober living residences
Call today to start a new, better chapter of your story.