How to Choose a Drug Rehabilitation Center

Choosing a rehabilitation centre for yourself or loved one can be a daunting task and many people may be unaware of what they should be looking for. Because there is such a wide variety of programs and treatment facilities out there, asking the right questions becomes an essential part of choosing the right rehabilitation centre to fit your individual and family needs. As such, patients should be prepared to do some research prior to enrolling in any one particular program or centre to ensure that it is the right one for them.

Medical Supervision

Because drug and alcohol addiction progresses in fairly predictable stages, it is imperative that the addict be properly diagnosed by a trained healthcare professional or medical doctor in order to be prescribed with the proper treatment. That being said, it may be in your best interests to choose a rehabilitation facility equipped with round-the-clock medical staff to ensure the safe withdrawal from drugs or alcohol and remain on-hand to monitor progress and/or prescribe necessary changes to the treatment program. Drug rehabilitation centers that have been granted a JCAHO accreditation (Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations) meet national standards for providing quality medical care and consequently offer some of the best choices for treatment programs.


In a perfect world, the cost of drug rehabilitation would be unimportant but in order to ensure the best quality care for your money, be sure to inquire about what exactly is included in the price tag and what may be added to your bill as a fee-for-service program. If you are enrolled in a health insurance policy, find out how much will be covered under your plan.

When looking for a rehab center, one of the significant issues is cost.  The typical assumption is that rehab clinics are expensive and only those with money can afford the type of treatment they provide, but that assumption is untrue.  Health insurance, whether publicly provided or privately obtained, will usually cover some or all of an individual’s rehabilitation expenses.  The ideal is to talk with both your insurance provider and the potential rehab centers to ensure that financial aspects are compatible with one another, and to determine whether the out-of-pocket expenses are within budget. An estimate of each selected clinic’s cost should then be assessed.

Variety of Programs

All drug rehab centers should ideally offer a number of different treatment programs that cater to the individual needs of their patients such as inpatient, residential, outpatient and/or short term options, as well as personal and group therapy options.

Continuing Care Programs

Because recovery from drug dependency is a life long journey, it is important that a drug rehabilitation center offer a quality continuing care program. Such programs are essential in aiding the addict in his or her reintegration back into society while executing the skills and strategies learned in rehab.

Other Questions To Consider

While there is no exhaustive list of questions to ask when choosing a rehabilitation centre, the following list is a partial example of what you may want to consider:

  • What is their philosophy on addiction?
  • What are the administrators’ and staffs’ credentials?
  • How does their treatment program differ from other drug rehabilitation centers?
  • How long will it take to complete the treatment program?
  • Is the family involved in the treatment program and what is the degree of that involvement?
  • How is the reintegration process back into mainstream society structured and monitored?
  • What is their success rate?

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