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

Progress, Not Perfection–Learning to be Patient with the Process of Recovery

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

When recovering from any traumatic injury, individuals and family members are often encouraged to be patient with the healing process. Doctors realize the time it takes the body to recover from injury. Additionally, assistance and added recovery time may be required in regaining balance and coordination, rehabilitating motor skills and the body’s abilities in an effort to return to normal functioning. As such, the degree of injury and trauma determines the duration of time needed to recover.

Moreover, though a patient’s prognosis may be an expected full recovery, the individual is never quite the same. The trauma of the incident, the specific organs, muscles or bones affected, a near-death experience, resulting emotions involved in a realization of immortality or even a shift in perspective with regard to physical health and priorities can change a person forever. Due to this, though the physical body may heal superficially relatively quickly, the mental, psychological and spiritual aspects of the self as well as any resulting physical changes can often require a lifetime of recovery.

With regard to traumatic injuries, throughout the acute and long-term recovery processes, there is support from medical professionals—doctors, nurses, physical therapists and so on—constantly encouraging healing and ideally offering compassion while reminding the individual to practice patience and focus on the progress rather than the setbacks. The idea is to keep in mind what the body has been through, take time to be grateful for mere survival and to accept the new normal for however long the body requires it. Again, medical professionals are typically aware and often advise patients there is no set time in which the body heals from any injury, surgery or illness; only estimations based on averages.

All of the aforementioned is also true with regard to the process of recovery from addiction. The disease itself is a traumatic injury to the body, mind and soul. As such, recovering individuals and their families must all be informed and supported through the healing process. Patience is required from everyone involved. But, in an effort to prevent relapse, it is absolutely necessary for the recovering individual to practice it, constantly.

Equally as vital to successful recovery is the understanding that recovery from addiction is a lifetime process. The physical damage incurred may remedy itself rather quickly. Conversely, it may be irreversible and require strict lifestyle changes—more extensive than mere sobriety—to prolong life. Regardless of the resulting physical health of any addict, the recovery process does require a shift in perspective; one from quantity to quality of life. The latter is the reason support groups, sponsors, counselors, addiction specialists and other helping professionals are in place to address the unseen injuries resulting from and inflicted prior to the disease in a continuum of care spanning the individual’s life.

There is a need to practice patience with the physical, emotional, spiritual and psychological recovery from any disease and addiction is no exception. Too often, recovering addicts get caught up in trying to do everything right. This typically sets individuals up for feelings of failure and can easily lead to relapse. Therefore, It is very important for recovering addicts to celebrate survival and their healing and recovery achievements, regardless of how big or small, just as they typically honor their days of sobriety. Just as with recovery from any traumatic injury, surgery or disease, successful recovery from addiction is about making progress, not striving for perfection.

Original version first published on www.soberrecovery.com.

8 Vital Things Parents Need to Know About Collegiate Recovery Communities

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

Sending your kid off to college can be painful. It’s hard to imagine them living on their own. Even though it is cause for celebration, there are always concerns. The worries become greater when your kid is a recovering addict.

Most of us know college life is known for more than academics, specifically alcohol-laden parties and drug experimentation – a main concern for parents of recovering addicts entering college. Thankfully, there are collegiate recovery communities. Here are 8 vital things you need to know them:

  1. These communities provide your college kid who is also a recovering addict with an intimate, sober social circle which will not only provide sober socialization, but will also help hold your kid accountable while away from home.
  2. The collegiate recovery community – or CRC – will attend Twelve-Step meetings together on a regular basis.
  3. The CRC is involved in community service, volunteer and fundraising events and activities, which provide your kid with opportunities to give back to the community.
  4. Collegiate recovery communities typically host a family weekend, during which you will likely meet and get to know many of the students involved in the community – another key aspect of accountability.
  5. Collegiate recovery communities host fun and entertaining sober events which gives your kid a chance to enjoy college life without alcohol or drugs.
  6. The CRC typically attends process groups or seminars which provide opportunities for personal growth and reflection.
  7. The students involved in collegiate recovery communities usually attend several classes together, which also assists in holding your kid accountable regarding classroom attendance and academic progress.
  8. The CRC provides networking opportunities which can lead to internships, graduate assistantships and future careers.

As the parent of a recovering addict, you already know you have to let go. But it’s not easy. Fortunately, collegiate recovery communities and all they offer can provide some peace of mind. For more information about the Lubbock CRC, The Door Sober Living, Lubbock addiction services and/or Lubbock drug treatment programs, go to our website at www.stagesofrecovery.net

To get help with addiction or addiction services, call our hotline: 1-844-6-GETHELP

For information about other specific collegiate programs for your kid in recovery, check out this link.