7 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Rehab Facility

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Making the decision to seek professional treatment for your substance use disorder can be a very scary experience. You are choosing to invest your time, money and trust in a rehab program with the hope of discovering a new, healthy lifestyle for yourself. This process takes faith, courage and hard work – and if you want to succeed – it also requires research.

Here are seven essential questions you should ask yourself and the facilities when choosing a rehab program.
Is Insurance Accepted? While most rehab programs will accept insurance, there are a few that do not. Your particular coverage plan also may not cover a portion of your stay at a specific facility. If you have your mind set on enrolling at a particular location, check to see if they have financing plans or sliding scale payment options.
Where is the Location? Rehabs in major metropolitan cities or desirable areas such as beachfront locations will typically cost more. If it’s far away from your home, you’ll also need to factor in airfare or other transportation costs. However, you should consider the quality of the facility first and foremost. Just because a rehab is near a beach doesn’t mean that you’ll be tanning or surfing all day.
How Long is the Program? Short rehab programs can last from two weeks to 30 days, while longer programs can run for up to six months. Some facilities can amend individual programs to be longer if needed, while others have a strict timeline for checking out of treatment. Of course, the cost of your program will be determined by the length of your stay.
Quick Tip:
Short rehab programs can last from two weeks to 30 days, while longer programs can run for up to six months.

What Are the Amenities? Some luxury rehabs offer gourmet meals cooked by professional chefs, massage therapists and stunning private facilities. That being said, some people simply can’t afford these perks and others find them unnecessary. You naturally want to be as comfortable as possible during your treatment, so check to see exactly what amenities are included and remember that some programs charge additional fees for certain activities. Be sure to ask about the fine print.
Will I Have a Roommate? Most rehab facilities pair people up with roommates – either in dorm rooms or converted apartments. However, for some people, personal space in rehab is a necessity. There are facilities willing to provide you a “single” room or an apartment for the additional fee, but others believe communal living is part of the recovery process.

Quick Tip: A medically supervised detox is advised in most cases and, depending on the drug of choice, might be essential.

Are There Detox Facilities? It’s not uncommon for patients to arrive at a rehab facility already under the influence of drugs or alcohol. A medically supervised detox is advised in most cases and, depending on the drug, might be essential due to the potentially fatal complications associated with the withdrawal process. If your preferred center doesn’t have detox facilities, it might be best to attend one before transferring.
What Will it Cost? The cost of rehab is an important issue. Low-cost options can charge as little as $7,500 per month, while the most luxurious facilities can run upwards of $120,000 per month. Most fall somewhere in the middle. Talk with the treatment center beforehand and see what they offer in terms of pricing, payment options and potential scholarships.

Posted January 22, 2015 in Alcoholism, Detox, Drug Abuse, Luxury Treatment by McCarton Ackerman

8 Things You Don’t Realize About Teenage Drug Abuse…Until You’re An Adult

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By Toshia C. Humphries, M.Ed., M.A.

As teenagers, we all feel a sense of invulnerability; “Nothing bad will ever happen to me, regardless of what anyone says, thinks they know or have experienced.” Therefore, at that age, it’s difficult to convince us of the harmful and potentially deadly effects of drug abuse. This is especially true with those of us who are financially and legally enabled. But what happens when we aren’t teenagers anymore? When we realize we aren’t so invincible after all? Our teenage blissful ignorance wears off. Suddenly, we start to notice the lasting consequences of our teenage drug abuse. It becomes very clear how negatively drug abuse in our teen years affects our adult lives. Sure. Maybe we notice a few changes when we’re teens as a result of our drug abuse, but because most of us aren’t exactly on our own, the reality of those changes don’t hit us until we become independent adults. But when they do hit us, it’s disturbingly clear our past teenage drug abuse can destroy our future adult potential. If only our adult selves could go back in time and frantically warn us about the following 8 things you don’t realize about teenage drug abuse, until you’re an adult:

  1. Legal consequences – DUI’s and other drug or alcohol-related legal charges negatively affect our ability to get accepted to universities, receive financial aid or gain reputable employment in adulthood. Our dreams of college life and high-paying careers are crushed before we even graduate high school.
  2. Stunted development – Studies show early onset drug use/abuse, including that which occurs in our teenage years, stunts the psychological development of an individual, resulting in prolonged adolescence. Basically, we don’t grow up, and though that may sound like a good thing, it’s not. Arrested development negatively affects our relationships, careers, coping and social skills. In other words, we find our adult selves far behind everyone else and basically failing at life.
  3. Unplanned pregnancy and STD’s – We all know teenage drug abuse leads to many irresponsible and irrational choices. One of many is unprotected sex which can result in unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted disease. Since only a few STD’s are curable, our lives are potentially permanently changed. Additionally, if we become parents prematurely, that’s another permanent factor, and since very few teenage pregnancies result in marriage or life-long partnerships, it’s a real game changer in our romantic lives. Plus, the responsibilities of parenting only get more financially, emotionally and mentally challenging with time. As such, we lose the freedom most of us need in young adulthood to find ourselves and mature—the lack of which not only negatively affects us, but our children.
  4. Emotional immaturity – Due to the escape and avoidance tactics we achieved abusing drugs as teens, we missed out on emotional learning opportunities. As such, we didn’t gain the same level of emotional knowledge or intelligence as our drug-free peers. Consequently, our ability to appropriately confront and resolve conflict, effectively communicate, set or respect personal boundaries, etc., was crippled. Ultimately, we find ourselves emotionally handicapped as adults.
  5. Lack of or inappropriate social skills – The things we saw and learned during our teen drug abusing years were inappropriate at best. As such, we likely didn’t learn appropriate social skills. As drug abusing teens, we typically revolved our social lives around drugs. Most of our social planning, communication, events and experiences were drug related and—let’s face it—illegal. Everything from sneaking around, violating personal/legal boundaries and late-night parties to extreme drug seeking behaviors, petty theft and a possible lack of hygiene negatively affected our ability to acquire good social skills. Some of us may not have acquired any at all. What seemed cool when we were teenagers, proves awkward later in life. We lose cool points in the adult world, fast.
  6. Diminished mental capacity – As teenagers, we all heard the warnings about drug use resulting in brain damage. Either we assumed they were talking about drug overdose or bad batch scenarios and therefore saw it as a slight risk, or we just didn’t care. What we didn’t realize was due to the damage drugs inflict on our brain, any level of drug use is potentially devastating. As such, our years of drug abuse as teens guarantees us a degree of damage to our brain functioning with no way reverse the damage. We find ourselves struggling with memory loss, learning disabilities, inability to focus or concentrate and difficulty with even a few remedial tasks as adults. Mentally speaking, we become old before our time.
  7. Sexual impotency and Infertility – Yes. You read right. As much as it may have seemed to help us get lucky in our teen years, it may actually deter as adults. Drug abuse does a great deal of damage to our bodies, including all the organs and systems necessary for men to get and keep an erection. Therefore, drug abuse—especially that which begins in the developmental stages of our teenage years—has a negative effect on our ability to enjoy a healthy, vibrant sex life as adults. Additionally, drug abuse decreases an otherwise healthy sperm count and disrupts ovulation and menstrual cycles, negatively affecting fertility and our ability to start a family if we choose to do so.
  8. Chemical imbalances and mental illness – We may not have cared much as teenagers, but it’s been a well-known fact drugs effect delicate chemical balances in our brains. Because as teenagers our brain was still developing, our drug abuse likely had a permanent negative affect. As adults, we find ourselves suffering from anxiety, depression and other mood disorders.

Drug abuse at any age can be devastating and life-altering. However, unlike adults, our choices as teenagers are usually less informed. Even if we do have all the information, we don’t think about consequences because we’re concerned only with instant gratification; “I want to feel good now, and no educational brochure will stop me!” For teenagers, that’s a very normal mentality.

But, with regard to teenage drug abuse, it’s a specifically dangerous one. The consequences of drug abuse aren’t always immediate or short-lived. And, unfortunately, by the time we’ve figured that out, we’re adults, and the damage has been done.

So, if you’re a teenager struggling with drug abuse or a parent concerned about your teen, it’s not too late to change things. You can get help to stop. For parents and teenagers in need of Lubbock addictions services or Lubbock drug treatment, contact our hotline: 1-844-6-GETHELP

For more information and resources, go to our website: www.stagesofrecovery.net

First published on www.beat.drugabuse.com.