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12 Tips for Choosing the Best Rehab Facility for Your Loved One

Posted by Myra Davis to Treatment

When you realize that your family member or friend needs a rehab facility, the options will be overwhelming. If you don’t believe me, do an online search for drug rehab centers. How will you narrow down the choices to ensure that your loved one gets the help they need? Consider these 12 factors.

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1. Where is the rehab located?

In addition to finding out if the rehab is located close to home or across the country, determine if it’s in the middle of nowhere or smack-dab in the center of a large city. You know your loved one best, and you know which location will help them thrive in recovery.

2. Is the facility licensed, certified, and accredited?

Ensure that your loved one receives the highest quality of care when you ask about the facility’s third-party evaluations. A rehab’s license, certification, and accreditation help you sort through all of the claims you read in brochures or online.

3. What types of therapies are offered?

A successful addiction treatment plan uses multiple therapies, including individual, group, and cognitive-behavioral therapy. It also addresses dual diagnoses. Consider selecting a rehab with alternative therapies, too. Adventure, pet, or drum therapy may be the ticket to engaging your loved one fully in the recovery process.

4. Is the treatment customized?

I have yet to meet two addicts with exactly the same needs. Be sure the rehab you choose provides a customized treatment plan geared to the individual patient.

5. What are the rehab’s core principles?

Some rehabs incorporate a 12-step program, while others focus on one religion. Consider the type of program your loved one would most likely embrace.

6. What is the primary gender and average age of patients?

For success, you want your loved one to feel as comfortable as possible. So consider whether your friend or family member will be able to respond to treatment in a rehab that’s filled with the opposite gender or if your teen will feel comfortable in a center designed for older addicts.

7. Are the staff members licensed?

From the medical staff who oversee medical detox to the therapists who run group sessions, you want your loved one to be surrounded by trained professionals. They possess credentials that enable them to give your loved one high-quality care.

8. What is the rehab’s reputation?

A reputable rehab has been in business for longer than a few months and has a history of providing superior treatment. They should provide the names of alumni to whom you can talk and be open to answering all of your questions, even the ones about bad online reviews or their success rate.

9. How much will it cost?

I understand that financial costs can prohibit your loved one from taking the rehab plunge. Sort out the financial details first to eliminate that roadblock. Your loved one’s insurance, as well as financial aid, government grants, and private funds or donations, can cover the cost.

10. Will I be able to contact my loved one?

In some rehabs, all outside contact is limited as the patients focus on their recovery. Others welcome phone calls, visits, and letters from family and friends. Knowing this detail in advance prepares your loved one for the experience.

11. Will I be involved in therapy?

Yes, I know you may not have an addiction, but you need to be part of your loved one’s therapy experience. Learn about addiction, understand how to support your loved one, and know how to create a healthy environment so that your loved one can successfully transition home after rehab.

12. Is after-care offered?

I hate to bear bad news, but even the best rehab cannot completely cure your loved one. Addiction requires a lifelong commitment to the treatment plan. That’s why an after-care program is important. It gives your loved one support after the initial rehab experience and helps them adjust to a drug-free lifestyle in the real world.

Choosing a rehab for your addicted loved ones is tough. You can use these 12 tips to make the selection process easier and helped your love one find the help they need.


  • Charlotte Eddington

    Your comment about the location of a drug rehab facility, was interesting. I hadn’t considered the location to be a big deal, but when you mentioned being in a city or countryside, that made me reconsider how important location is for those going to rehab. You don’t want to place them in a location that could potentially make problems worse. Thanks for sharing your rehab tips.

  • Amanda

    This article is fantastic! I mean I do not think that a lot of people know exactly what to look for when look for a rehab program. I know that there were things on this list that I would not have thought of until after the fact. It is always good to have advice like the 12 points above that will allow you to think of things you were not before so you can make the best solution possible. I know picking a rehab center for a loved one can be difficult, but I think these points would be extremely helpful for you or anyone you know that is trying to help their loved one.

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