When it’s time to face the realities of your addiction, it’s time to start looking for a place to seek treatment. While there are countless options across the country, it’s important to realize that there is no such thing as “one-size-fits-all” in addiction treatment. Take into consideration these six points when looking for the right place and the right program that fits your needs.

1. Am I ready for treatment?
The people who are the most receptive to treatment are the people who are ready to accept help, motivated to learn new ways of thinking and behaving, and committed to a life of sobriety. This disease isn’t something that is cured overnight, it takes time to come to terms with an addiction and accept that rehabilitation is needed. Recovery is an ongoing process.

2. What type of treatment options are out there?
Finding the right program that fits your needs is a crucial part of your recovery journey. While some people benefit from psychological counseling and therapy in group or individual settings, others benefit from Medicated-Assisted Treatment where you also receive certain medications that help control drug cravings and allow you to live a normal, healthy day. Spectrum Health Systems offers both options throughout its vast network of treatment centers.

3. Do I want to stay close to home or get treatment elsewhere?
Many treatment providers serve as a temporary home for individuals seeking help away from home, whether they need to leave a bad environment, just want a change of scene, or they are hiding their addiction from friends, family, and/or their employer.

However, seeking a local rehabilitation center can be more cost effective while allowing for a local support network and ongoing family involvement. Plus, there are no travel expenses. Even when you check out of treatment, you’ll always have that support network nearby and resources to access whenever needed.

4. Do I need short-term or long-term treatment?
Depending on your current needs, decide whether you need short-term or long-term/residential treatment, both of which Spectrum Health Systems offers.

Short-term treatment can range anywhere from a day to a month but it all depends on your specific needs and includes various outpatient treatment options as well. Upon admission, a comprehensive intake evaluation is completed and used to develop an individualized treatment plan for each client. Based upon this plan, services are provided to address individual needs and teach clients the skills needed for recovery.

Residential treatment programs have variable lengths of stay depending on individual needs. Our inpatient treatment programs involve a structured weekly schedule consisting of individual, group and family counseling, recovery groups, relapse prevention training and recreational activities. Longer-term programs also offer more holistic options, like recovery through fitness and other therapeutic activities.

For detoxification, we provide 24-hour medical supervision to ensure a safe withdrawal from alcohol and other drugs. Because addiction is often a recurring disease, detox is only the first step on the road to recovery, typically followed by short- or long-term treatment.

5. Does my insurance cover treatment?
Call your insurance provider to find out if they cover addiction rehabilitation. At Spectrum Health Systems, our mission is to meet you where you’re at, whether that’s private pay or through your insurance.

6. Will I have a support system from the center during and after treatment?
Peer recovery centers exist for the very reason that recovering people need support during these most crucial and trying times. Peer recovery support centers provide volunteer-driven and peer-led education and support services for adults at varying stages of recovery.

Face time with loved ones is vital to recovery and many, if not all, treatment centers offer visiting hours during treatment. Treatment centers owe it to family members to educate them on addiction, what happens during treatment, what happens after treatment, how and why relapse sometimes occur, and how to deal with this disease over time.

Outpatient counseling is especially helpful for those looking for ongoing support as they continue their recovery journey.

Even after leaving treatment, our staff is available to take phone calls, emails, talk through the challenges of recovery, or just receive updates on how your recovery is going. Many of our clients have continued to stay in touch after treatment. Having a support system like that is invaluable no matter where you choose to go.

You can learn more about our outpatient and inpatient centers and treatment options at spectrumhealthsystems.org or our private-pay offering – The New England Recovery Center – at newenglandtreatmentcenter.com.

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