Given that alcoholism affects all segments of the human life, choosing a good alcohol addiction rehab center becomes an essential part of the alcohol recovery process. According the report by National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), in 2009, an estimated 6.8% of Americans had consumed five or more drinks on at least five occasions within the month preceding their survey. Also, the National Center for Biotechnology Information reports that an estimated one in six Americans has a drinking problem. This is alarming, isn’t it?
But now, what should you consider when choosing an alcohol addiction rehab center? The question most people ask when looking for an alcohol or drug rehab center is: How do I know alcohol or drug treatment will work? The answer remains the same. You don’t. Although most facilities will employ similar treatment models, no facility on Earth can guarantee your loved one’s recovery from drug addiction or alcoholism. Here are some tips to consider before you choose a rehab center:
- What drugs are used?
Many rehab programs with pharmaceutical orientation may rely on benzodiazepine-class drugs like Xanax or Valium to alleviate symptoms of distress in the patients going through their programs. Relying on medications as part of treatment can also result in an addiction to these medications. So it’s good to know whether the treatment could be relying on the use of other drugs that may themselves be harmful or addictive.
- Nutritional component
Multiple studies have shown that it is typical for addicted persons to be in poor sate of health at the time they enter a rehabilitation center. For example, a report from the University of Maryland Medical Center stated that intestinal problems resulting from opiate abuse can cause malnutrition and that alcoholism can cause anemia and brain disease resulting from nutritional deficiencies. A good addiction recovery program should include nutritional support.
A review of published literature on rehab programs that included a nutritional component showed that programs without nutritional support helped 17% to 50% of those treated succeed in staying sober, but programs with nutritional support had success 60% to 80% of the time.
- Use Google search
Conduct a search on Google using the facilities name and physical location. When you associate an organization’s name with its physical location, it triggers Google reviews. Read the Google reviews to know more about the facility. If there are no reviews you have a reason to worry.
- Phases of the program
We usually trust rehab programs with something very precious; the future of our loved ones. In certain instances, our loved ones go through unexpectedly severe experiences e.g. heavy drugging during withdrawal or rehabilitation, forced labor or even administration of psychedelic drugs that may be used as treatment. It is good to know every step of the rehabilitation program before you step your feet in any alcohol addiction rehab center.
- Alleviation of physical cravings for drugs or alcohol
When you are in addiction recovery program, you will struggle each day with severe physical cravings for the alcohol/drug. And since many rehab programs do not have a direct method of alleviating these cravings, they may offer prescription medication to chemically suppress cravings. This may increase the urge to abuse drugs and may drive the recovering person back into drug abuse.
The bottom line is getting a reputable alcohol addiction rehab center. Consider the above issues and you will get a good facility.