Choosing A Drug Rehabilitation Program

You have the money to spend on drug rehabilitation, but you are not sure how to spend it. America is home to numerous chains of drug rehab facilities and one-off private centers. Some have names that make them sound like retreats: “ranch,” “camp,” “home.” You will probably feel like a guest at a resort, not a recovering drug addict, but this is an important point: will your problems be professionally addressed?

What Should Rehab Feel Like?

Drug rehabilitation is emotionally and physically draining. Detox wipes your system clean of chemicals but also wipes out nutrients that support organs, hormones, etc. The beginning of rehab will feel like you were taken apart and are being put back together again.

If you opt for medical treatment during detox, the outcome will not be as hard on you in some ways. You could sleep through much of it. Another option, sauna detox, is supported with nutritional supplementation to counterbalance the effects of sweating out minerals and vitamins.

Emotionally, there will be times when you feel like everyone is watching you. You are a specimen under the watchful eye of professionals who focus their judgmental eye on your recovery. Actually, no one wants to judge addicts in rehab. If any judgment is made, it is the positive one: that getting help is a brave step.

Also, when your brain is cleansed, it can start to think again. What is going on at home? Will your family really be waiting for you when you are released? What if you left now: would you overdose and die? People have done things they play over in their minds, with the scenes shifting to show alternative, gruesome endings. This has to stop.

Training the Mind

Your next stop on this bumpy ride is counseling. Professionals who take part in emotional recalibration include psychotherapists, psychiatrists, counselors, and psychologists. Each of these does things a little differently, and some have more schooling than others. The bottom line is these professionals know they have an opportunity which cannot be missed: teaching an addict to think straight for life.

Clinicians cannot make a client do anything, but they can nudge him in a beneficial direction using techniques which have been successful for decades. CBT, for example, is a non-invasive method used to alter thinking strategies which affect emotions. People typically do not realize how many of their feelings are chosen, not caused by external forces.

Sure, an initial response to some event or moment is natural, but when negativity is prolonged this is a choice. Negative feelings root themselves into a person’s psyche and start to spread. Soon, every scene in life is discolored. The deeper those roots go, the more painful removal work is going to be.

Yet, when the roots are out, seeds of positive thinking can be planted. They spread too, taking over remnants of depression, panic, bitterness, and so on. In other words, healthy thinking overcomes emotional factors behind chemical dependency.

It also fortifies continued growth and recovery. When the cravings hit, thinking strategies are put to work.


A lot of centers look and sound great. Their locations are beautiful. They are affordable, yet seemingly comfortable. What about their license and skills? Is there paperwork to prove a center not only looks great but provides successful recovery? Who would make sure this was in place?

Accreditation boards test rehab centers to make sure they are using approved methods and employing properly trained addiction employees. Look for a label from CARF or a similar agency as a guarantee of professionalism.

Personal Preference

Also, twelve-step programs are not the only ones out there these days, so make no assumptions. If that is what you want, look for “twelve-step program” in writing on a website. Christians or individuals interested in a Christian rehab opportunity will also want to note that some Christian organizations run addiction centers without placing heavy emphasis on scripture, while others keep their eye on Jesus at all times. Which of these paths is more comfortable for you?

With money to devote to this cause and desire to go through rehab once only, take a look at centers which offer a different approach, even if they are not in your state. In Hawaii, there is dolphin therapy: clients swim with these aquatic mammals. Equine therapy is common. Participants clean a horse, feed it, muck out its stable, and ride it every day.