Making the decision to look into drug and alcohol rehab centers is very difficult for anyone. You should never feel like you are alone, so the more help you can get early on, the more confident you will be in seeking treatment.
Many people just jump at the first treatment center they come along, but by doing some evaluation and finding the right one, not only will you feel more confident about it, but your chances of success will be much higher.
There are many different types of drug and alcohol rehab centers, and the one you end up choosing will likely depend on many different factors. First of all, if this is your first time in rehab, you should definitely tell that to the treatment center. There are some treatment centers that specialize in people who have been in and out of treatment their entire lives, so that is not where you would want to be. Their programs are not designed for you and for this reason, they will not work as quickly or effectively.
As a woman, you may find it more comfortable to be in an all-female setting, especially if there have been instances of sexual abuse in your past. It wouldn’t do your treatment and rehabilitation any good if you cannot focus on your program simply because you do not find your environment comfortable.
There are also drug and alcohol rehab centers for people who are under a certain age—16, for example. If you’re young and you need help with your addiction, go for an age-specific treatment center.
There are also drug and alcohol rehab centers for people who have multiple addictions. You will be surprised at how many substances there are that people are addicted to.
In short, there is more than one type of center. Even in a specific center type, there are huge variations in the cost and in the length of time you will need to stay there, for the treatment to be effective. Expect some centers to be more expensive than others.
Finally, in choosing which treatment center to sign up for, do not focus only on the center type. Far more important than the type, cost, and time element involved is the kind of treatment that the center provides. Ultimately, it is this that will help you recover from your addiction.
As a rule of thumb, the best treatment centers for both alcohol and drug abuse use a variety of methods – psychological, holistic, meditative, and the like – to help you learn more about your body, your personality, your life and why you have ended up in rehab. Usually, the more variety there is in the treatment, and the more they treat the whole self rather than just the addiction, the more successful your rehabilitation will be. So, do your research. Consider your options. Make a list of all the drug and alcohol rehab centers that are in your area and see which one fits your needs, time, and budget best.