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What to Look Out for When Choosing a Rehab Center

Whether you’ve come to a conclusion on your own or family and friends have influenced you to choose a rehab center, you have to find the one that best suits your needs. Google is a wonderful tool to see all your options. However, it’s imperative to know what is important to you before making the choice. In this blog post, we’ll share with you what to look out for when choosing a rehab center. We hope this will help you pick the best treatment center for your most successful recovery.

Although the neural circuitry (changes in the function of brain circuits) for various addictions are very similar, the type of treatment needed for the individual will vary. Being aware of the types of treatment is the first step in determining what may work best for you. 

Types of Addiction Treatment

Residential Treatment

Choosing a center that has an inpatient residential center will allow you to recover without having contact with regular triggers faced in everyday life. You will be able to experience a place where you will feel safe and supported.  Medical personnel are on staff and available to help you manage the symptoms of detoxification and withdrawal. Additionally, you will probably have a healthcare team that co-creates a treatment plan with you. This can include individual counselling as well as group therapy sessions.  

Generally, people who choose to go to residential treatment centers are there for a few days, weeks, or months. The key is that one develops new routines and regimes that support healthy habits and practical coping skills. Overall, you should leave inspired to commit to starting life with a clean slate. 

Outpatient Treatment

If your environment fully supports your ability to recover from your addiction, outpatient treatment might be perfect for you. In this case, you can live at home while completing your addiction program.  This option also supports those who can’t take a long absence away from home or work. With this option, you spend 2-3 hours a day meeting with members of the center. Therefore, you can still focus on work or attend school while completing treatment. Some centers provide therapy and support via telehealth visits.  

The crucial factor for this type of treatment to be successful is that your home environment is a safe place without any triggers. If you are tempted to engage in typical addiction patterns while working your program and living at home, an outpatient program may not be as effective. 

Day Treatment

Whereas an outpatient treatment requires a couple of hours a day, a day treatment can be done from home but is a bigger time commitment. You will receive the same detox, withdrawal and counselling support that you would receive in a residential treatment center, around 7-8 hours a day. This will include working with doctors, therapists and psychologists during the day. 

It’s possible that in the evenings you will be able to attend a 12-step meeting or life skill education classes. This option is great for parents of young children or those who need to be at home. 

Sober Living Communities

If you’re concerned that going from a safe and secure rehab center to your home may be too much too soon, the option of slowly transitioning does exist. This would entail living in a community where you and your fellow residents continue focusing on maintaining sobriety, but in a safe environment where aren’t any potential triggers. 

You can continue learning healthy living and coping skills while attending regular 12-step meetings and group therapy sessions. This type of structure promotes the ability to establish strong boundaries and a balance in your life where you can learn to handle demands in a healthy way.

When choosing a center that has the treatment that you’re seeking, it’s also important to know if the center is a public or private center. There are pros and cons to both.

Public vs Private

Many differences exist between different types of treatment centers but one of the biggest differentiators among programs is whether the centre is public or private. A public rehab center is funded by the government whereas a private rehab center is run as a for-profit business. Each type of center has its pros and cons.

Public Treatment Centers

The Pros:

Cost: Since the government funds these treatment centers, they can be free of charge for those who qualify.

Care: The care at public centers is usually quite good. The people who are working there usually have lots of experience in addiction and recovery. They can provide quality care to individuals. When searching for a public rehab center, it’s best to read public reviews to have better expectations. 

The Cons:

Time to entry: Due to the overwhelming amount of people who are in need of help, the centers will typically have very long waiting lists to get in. This can be quite problematic when someone has a severe addiction and has to remain on their own until they can get in, despite making the decision to get help.

Lack of personal care: Since these centers are funded by the government and have long wait times, sometimes individuals can feel rushed to finish the program. This can lead to increased relapse rates. 

Outdated techniques: Public centers are limited in their types of treatments as they must comply with what the government deems appropriate. Sometimes there can be a delay between proving new techniques are effective and their approval and implementation. 

Private Treatment Centers

The Pros:

Care: You will have the best care quality of care. Each center will vary but you might have access to special amenities like a pool or spa. The type of meals that will be served will be more nutritious and enjoyable. The bedrooms and accommodations will be more updated than the grounds at a public center.

Treatment Methods: Private centers often have more funding and time to update their programs and provide the leading techniques used to treat addiction. This means newer modalities of therapies and having a more holistic approach to addiction treatment. They also have more space for more people so they can serve you immediately instead of being placed on a waitlist. 

The Cons:

Costs: Unfortunately private centers don’t receive any funding from the government. All of their costs have to be passed down to the customer which can limit access to those who don’t have access to the funds.

At Simcoe Addiction and Mental Health

Our treatment center is a private inpatient rehabilitation treatment center. We pride ourselves on giving the ultimate care to each individual.

Since we are privatized, our team of counsellors and psychotherapists are equipped with the latest modalities in understanding and treating addiction. Most of the time, there is psychological comorbidity with addiction and it tends to be at the route of the addiction. However, these traumatic experiences can vary which is why our staff also has a variety of knowledge and personal life experiences to help you on your journey.

We offer different treatment plans of 30/60/90 days. While you’re here, you’ll have access to a team of specialists to tailor a treatment plan that is best for you. We also cater to those who prefer a more natural setting. Our grounds have plenty of space for walking and jogging. We offer a variety of amenities like a sauna, indoor swimming pool, and massage therapy.

Knowing what type of treatment meets your needs is key for a successful recovery. If you have any questions about choosing the right center for you, please do not hesitate to reach out. We can be contacted via email at info@simcoerehab.ca or call us at 1-833-304-8181.

If you are experiencing a medical or life-threatening emergency, please call 911 or your local emergency services immediately.