Selecting the Right Addiction Recovery Facility

Every substance abuse patient is different, as is every addiction. The proper treatment should vary depending on what substance the patient has been abusing, how long the patient has been abusing it and any pre-existing conditions the patient might have.

Just as not every treatment is right for every patient that abuses the same substance, not every rehab center is right for everyone. However, finding the best treatment can be as easy as finding the right rehab center. Certain recovery centers specialize in certain types of treatments or are known to handle specific types of addiction.

One of the first things you should look for in a treatment facility is whether or not it is accredited. Accreditation refers to approval by the regulatory body that oversees the operation of drug rehabilitation centers. Facilities become accredited by employing the highest-industry standards and using evidence-based practices.

Several others factors to consider when choosing the best treatment center for you or your loved one are:


What is the best location for your loved one? A top-notch, highly rated facility might be located in the same city or on the other side of the country. However, an important question to consider is whether being close to home is important or would it be best to be far away? On one hand, having a support system close by shouldn’t be undervalued but being close to former places of abuse could be a mistake

Program Type

Do they offer professional medical detox? Does the rehab have in-patient treatment or do they only offer outpatient treatment


The length of treatment is particularly important, regardless of whether or not the patient is close or far away from home. In the interest of the patient eventually returning to regular life, those overseeing the care of the patient must ensure that he or she will be back in time to resume regularly-scheduled duties

Mental Health

Addiction is a mental illness and many substance abusers already have co-occurring mental disorders. This is known as dual diagnosis, a combination of conditions that require specific, thorough treatment in order to address all conditions. Not all recovery centers are equipped to handle these special treatment cases

There are key differences between inpatient and outpatient rehab programs. Whenever it is possible, inpatient rehab is preferable because the patient is physically removed from a potentially bad environment and the possible bad influences in their lives. Because inpatient treatment comprises 24-hour care at a facility from which the patient will not be able to leave it is always the recommended choice for anyone who is suffering from or at risk of severe withdrawal symptoms and cravings. Another advantage of this type of treatment is that it will take place in a completely drug-free environment, eliminating the possibility of relapse while on site.

Outpatient rehab treatment centers offer similar services but with fewer restrictions and more temptations. Patients at outpatient centers return home every night and remain there during weekdays and holidays. By staying in their same environment and seeing their friends and romantic interests they sometimes can be exposed to bad influences. This type of treatment is best suited for emotionally strong patients with less severe addictions, stable support systems at home, a good environment and without any additional mental illnesses. During treatment, higher-functioning patients will also be able to maintain employment, school, or any other regular duties that might be required.