Drug Rehab Guide


The questions you need to ask to find the right drug rehab.

There are over 14,000 drug rehab centers in the US. Families in search of treatment for a loved one in need have a number of options, but they need to ask questions about the facility’s focus, accreditation, treatment services, and cost to make an informed decision. Learning about treatment options and speaking with providers can be time-consuming, but the investment could help the family settle on the right provider, at the right price, for a person in need.

In a study of addiction habits all around the world, the US took the top spot in the use of illegal drugs such as heroin. Both use and abuse of substances are widespread. Consequently, there are hundreds of drug and alcohol rehab centers that people can attend when their use gets out of control and develops into a full-blown addiction. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports that there are over 14,000 specialized drug rehab centers in the United States. In addition, there are other providers in private practice that offer help to people with addictions. Support groups are available that can assist individuals who do not want to get professional help.

If you are looking for a drug rehab center for someone you love or for yourself, this is good news. It is clear that you have options, and you will find a provider that can assist you or your family with the addiction issues you face. However, which option should you choose? Moreover, how can you be sure that the option you do choose is the right one?

“There are over 14,000 specialized drug rehab centers in the United States”

— National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Know Your Rehab Facility Options

When individuals think about the word rehab, they tend to think about drug abuse services provided by a specialty rehab facility. This may account for the growing popularity of this type of care. For example, in the United States in 2012, approximately 2.5 million people received treatment for addiction in a specialty treatment facility, according to a report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). When individuals need rehab help, they often look for a specific type of rehab facility. But rehab facilities can provide a number of different services.

Some facilities address just one part of the recovery process, without looking at parts of care a person with addiction might need.

If you are seeking help for addiction from a specialized drug rehab center, you’ll need to do a little more research. Ideally, you will need to find out what kind of care the facility provides, and what services are available to you or your loved one. These are just the general drug rehab options you and your family will have.

Medical detox is often the first step in the recovery process. It is here that people transition from being under the influence to sobriety, with the help of a team of medical professionals that can address the physical distress and alleviate psychological symptoms. An individual addicted to painkillers like Vicodin, illicit opiates like heroin, alcohol, or benzodiazepines will need some form of medical detox. According to SAMHSA, there are several levels of medical detox care available including:

  • Ambulatory medical detox, w/o onsite monitoring – An individual receiving this level of care may go to a doctor’s office for medication management but might not receive any daily monitoring in a facility.
  • Ambulatory medical detox, with onsite monitoring – With this type of detox, the individual meets with a nurse or other medical professional on a regular schedule and receives regular medical oversite 24 hours a day.
  • Clinically-managed residential medical detox – With this model of detox, the individual has social and peer support during the detox process, 24-hours a day, but medical staff may or may not be available.
  • Medically monitored inpatient medical detox – With this type of detox, the individual has access to a medical team 24-hours a day.
  • Medically managed intensive inpatient detox – This type includes acute care for mental health and medical conditions during detox.
  • Merely asking whether or not a facility can provide detox services is probably not an effective strategy. You will also need to know about the type of medical detox the facility specializes in, so you can make the best decision about your recovery.

Making an Informed Decision

Cost and experience – these are two factors you will need to consider as you look for an addiction care provider. You will not want to choose a group or center that offers the lowest cost if they cannot deliver the medical care needed to jump-start the recovery process. In addition, you do not want to select the most experienced, top-of-the-line provider if the person who needs care cannot afford it and could conceivably benefit from a less intense form of treatment. So how can you find the right fit? Treatment providers may help.

When you contact Clearpoint Recovery Center about addiction treatment services, our admissions staff will start the conversation about addiction history and insurance. The admissions staff will determine:

  • How long has the person suffered from the addiction
  • How has the addiction impacted the person’s life
  • Therapies his/her insurance policy may cover
  • The addiction therapy options people have used in the past
  • Armed with their medical history, and usually a few follow-up telephone calls, the admissions staff can make a recommendation for an appropriate level of care and a treatment program. If insurance covers part or all of the care, the staff can address the preauthorization issues, too.

Help Is Available

If you need assistance with an addiction problem that is affecting your family, you do not have to do the work by yourself. Most addiction providers are skilled at explaining and offering rehab options, including cost, so you can get a sense of how much you will have to pay out-of-pocket and how the program works. If you choose to use your insurance benefits, admissions staff can work with the rehab provider on verification of benefits, preauthorizations, and other requirements, so you will not have to handle the issues when you are working to recover from substance abuse.

We recommend not letting cost stand in the way of getting help for your addiction. The options outlined here can make the rehab journey attainable and affordable. We are here to answer questions you might have about the level of care you may require and how it all works to get you on the road to recovery.