Seeking Alcohol and Drug Treatment in 2014

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Finding alcohol and drug treatment that is right for you can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. If you’re at the stage where you’re actively looking for treatment, good for you. That’s a big step in the right direction towards recovery. You probably have questions about where to start and what to expect, and that’s all normal. Know that you don’t have to wait until you hit rock bottom before you seek treatment. Now is the best time.

Finding the Best Alcohol and Drug Treatment For You

Do your research

The Internet makes information on alcohol and drug treatment readily available, but it can also be a source of stress – with all of that information, how can you narrow it down? A good place to start is by narrowing your search for treatment facilities in your area. Get an idea of the options immediately available to you and go from there.

Look for a facility with gender-specific treatment programs that has good relationships with other organizations in the industry. Detoxification is often one of the first steps in treatment, so find out if you would be completing the process at the facility or through an affiliated treatment center. As you do your research, write down any questions that you have in preparation for the next step.

Ask questions

Most alcohol and drug treatment centers have 24-hour hotlines, because they know that addiction doesn’t stick to business hours. These phone lines are staffed with caring professionals who can help answer your questions about treatment. Remember that there are no stupid questions, and ask whatever you want to know to make yourself more comfortable.

Even better, make an appointment to visit the facility. You should tour the center before making any decisions. Here is another opportunity to ask the staff questions about their treatment plans and facilities. The treatment center should be clean, modern, and peaceful. It should be a place where you can forget about the pressures of the outside world and focus on healing. Look for a facility that offers leisure activities and comfortable communal quarters. You’ll be spending a lot of time here, so it helps when you have an accurate picture of it in your head.

Create a financial plan

Many people avoid seeking alcohol and drug treatment because they assume they can’t afford it. This doesn’t – and shouldn’t – be the case. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, addiction should be treated on par with medical health, which means that insurers should cover addiction to the same extent that they cover physical health. Ask the facility what kind of insurance they take, and talk to your insurer about what kind of coverage they can provide.

In the event of insurance not providing sufficient coverage, don’t dismiss the possibility of a payment plan. Many of the best addiction treatment centers will work with you to come up with a payment plan that you can afford, allowing you to get the treatment that you need. By seeking treatment, you are prioritizing your health, and that’s something that you can’t put a price on.