6-Point Checklist for Choosing a Drug Rehab Facility

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Should you choose a rehab facility based on its location? What about its programs? When you are choosing a drug rehab facility, it can be difficult to know exactly how you should make that choice. Here are a few items to include on your checklist.

1. A Supportive, Positive Culture

While the goal of your drug rehab facility is to help you focus and be vigorous in your efforts to achieve and maintain sobriety, it should also feel like a place where you are supported. The feeling you get from employees of the facility should be one of encouragement and competence. You should feel like you are respected and that the environment is physically pleasant as well. It is not a spa, but it is a place where you want to trust in the abilities of the staff to really support your physical and emotional needs during this important life transition.

2. Thorough Assessment Tools and Strategies

When you enter a treatment center, you want to make sure that you will receive the support you actually need. Your assessment could reveal that you deal with anxiety, and if you do not treat the anxiety as a co-occurring issue, it can be hard to address your substance misuse effectively.

3. Medical Support

Often, the most intimidating step to transitioning into a life of sobriety is the medical transition off of drugs or alcohol. As you examine treatment facilities, check to see if the facility offers medical assistance with this process. According to the US News, “some facilities offer detoxification services — helping people medically as their bloodstream becomes free of toxic substances, often shortly after the patient has been using drugs or drinking — and some don’t.”

4. Encouragement to Stay

Rehab is not always easy, and it can feel simpler just to drop out. However, this might not give you the positive, long-term impact that you want. As you choose a treatment facility, consider the incentives and programs the facility has in place to help you avoid dropping out of the program.

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Alternative therapies such as art therapy can have a positive impact on your recovery.

5. Alternative Therapies

Ohio drug rehab programs are different in part because of the options that they offer for alternative therapies. For instance, one center might offer equine therapy, while other offers art and yoga classes. These classes might seem like recreation only, but they can be very beneficial. Alternative therapies allow you to focus on another calming activity. These activities are intended to soothe your brain and can create strong, positive emotional connections. Some people find animals calming, for example, and they can use those emotional connections created with animals in their future recovery and sobriety as well.

6. Aftercare Support

Aftercare programs can mean the difference between long-term success in achieving and maintaining sobriety and a recurrence of use. When you are comparing Ohio drug rehab centers, look for centers with a strong aftercare program. For instance, the center could offer ongoing counseling or group sessions. Aftercare could also include sober housing, which allows you to live in a place where others support your desire to be sober by working on their own sobriety as well.

At The Recovery Village Columbus, medical professionals are dedicated to your holistic recovery. Talk with a facility representative today about options for your own recovery program. Contact The Recovery Village Columbus to learn about admission today.


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