Addiction Resource Guide

How To Choose The Right Program

Inpatient or Outpatient?

The goals of rehabilitation can often be accomplished without necessarily "going away" to an inpatient setting. Structured outpatient treatment programs include education, group bonding, work on more subtle forms of denial, and support in maintaining abstinence. However, since the decision to go to treatment must be made for each session over a period of weeks or months, there must be a greater degree of self-motivation.

Who needs inpatient treatment?

What if the addicted person doesn't believe he or she has a problem?

What if the addicted person has been in treatment before?

What if the problem has significant psychiatric aspects?

What kind of program

Should you focus on programs exclusively for a special population?

Matching the program to the person

A major part of recovery is "identifying" with other recovering people. Extreme cultural/educational differences may be an impediment to seeing the commonality of addictions. In general, some diversity is useful. It is often surprising who an individual most identifies with, on the other hand, adding culture shock to the stress of rehabilitaiton is not therapeutic in itself.

Local vs. Long Distance:

Many insurance companies emphasize local treatment. One advantage is that family members can more easily participate in the family program. On the other hand, the cost of airfare is a small fraction of the total outlay, and the program's ability to provide just the services you need may justify travel. Especially for young people, being away from familiar "people places and things," may be an advantage. Rehab programs away from home may also have ties with long term residential programs in their locale.

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