8 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Rehab Facility

Making the decision to seek professional treatment for your substance use disorder can be a very scary experience.

Going to rehab is a massive commitment of time and money for you and your family. Suffering from an addiction is deadly, and it’s likely that you are going to rehab because it’s really a decision between life and death.

Thus, you will wish to ensure you choose a rehab facility that’s absolutely suited to your needs. Choosing a poorly suited rehab could have catastrophic consequences for your future. We’ve put together this short guide to help you choose a rehab clinic that’s well suited to your needs.

We approach this guide by arming you with questions that will allow you to access the suitability of rehab for your needs.

Question 1: What is the rehab clinics approach to addiction treatment?

Before you go to rehab, it’s important to find out the particular treatment approach offered at each rehab clinic you are assessing. Some rehabs will offer treatment that’s well-aligned to your beliefs, whilst others may adopt an approach that will positively cause you to disengage with their programme.

For instance, many rehabs apply the 12-step programme from a strictly religious angle. Whilst this approach may be suitable for many, it is unlikely to connect with hardcore atheists. If you are unfamiliar with the 12-steps, we would recommend that you attend a free meeting offered through Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.

You would be shocked to learn of the number of people who attend rehab that’s simply poorly matched to their needs. Rightly or wrongly, the onus falls squarely on your shoulders to investigate the types of treatment on offer before you attend. The phrase ‘caveat emptor’ very much comes to mind.

If you live in the United Kingdom, contact Rehab 4 Alcoholism on 0800 111 4108, because our advisors are on hand to educate you about the different forms of treatments adopted by rehab clinics in your local area.

Question 2: Which rehabs accept health insurance?

Although private health insurance is much less common in the United Kingdome when compared to the US. However, it’s definitely worth checking to see if you benefit from such a policy because this could mean the cost of rehab is covered under the terms of the policy.

If you or your spouse work for a large organisation, you may benefit from a workplace policy. We mention your spouse because many health insurance policies offered through employment also covers the main policyholder’s spouse.

If you determine that you do indeed benefit from a healthcare insurance policy, you then must discover which particular rehab clinics in the United Kingdom accept payment via this policy.

Again, if you contact Rehab 4 Alcoholism on 0800 111 4108, we will inform you of each particular rehab clinic in your area that accepts payment via a policy of health insurance.

Question 3: Where Am I Willing to Travel to?

Your initial wish may be to attend a rehab clinic in your local area. However, depending on where you live, this wish may seriously restrict your available options.

If you are willing to travel to a rehab that’s not within your local area, you may be able to access treatment that’s better suited to your needs. However, travelling many miles away from your home may prevent your family from visiting you during your rehab programme. It is thus vital to weigh up the pros and cons of attending rehabs that is local vs. attending rehabs that are further away.

Question 4: What’s the programme’s duration?

Some rehabs only offer a 28-day minimum stay. Others will offer 7-day rehab programmes. It’s important to determine how long you will likely require in rehab in order for your treatment to succeed. If you have attended rehab in the past and you have merely fallen off the wagon, you may be fine attending rehab for only a week. Alternatively, if you have never experienced rehab treatment before, it’s unlikely that anything other than a 28-day programme will succeed.

All rehabs offer a 28-day programme, so determining the programme duration is more important for those of you who may have merely fallen off the wagon and now wish to spend the minimum amount of time in rehab as possible.

Factor such as professional and family commitments, the amount of money you have available to invest in rehab and the severity of your addiction will all play a role in determining how long you may practically spend within a rehab clinic.

Question 5: Does the rehab offer detox services?

Some rehab clinics do not offer detox services. Instead, these rehabs focus on post-detox rehabilitation. Many of these rehabs offer 6-12-month rehab programmes, and you must undergo a detox at a separate clinic before you may gain access to their facilities.

If you are addicted to physically addictive substances such as alcohol or opiates, then you will absolutely require the services of a detox clinic. However, you may wish to attend a rehab that doesn’t offer detox services following the completion of your detox, perhaps because rehabs that do not offer detox services tend to offer long-term rehab programmes not available through clinics that also offer a detox service.

Question 6: Is there an on-site gym?

Getting involved in sports and fitness activities is an excellent way to sustain your recovery. It thus may be beneficial to invest in rehab that incorporates fitness into its programme. Many rehab clinics have invested in an onsite gym and a range of outdoor physical activities. If this is to your fancy, be sure to ask this question before your treatment programme begins.

Question 7: Will I get a private or dorm room?

You may assume that you will get a private room. However, many rehabs are able to offer competitive pricing structures because you will share your room with other clients. Attending a rehab that offers dorm rooms will usually reduce the cost of attending a rehab by several thousand pounds.

Rehab clinics will enforce rules to ensure all clients are comfortable with this arrangement. For instance, once you have completed your detox, you will not be expected to share a room with another client who is currently going through a detox.

Question 8: How much does rehab cost?

The cost of going to rehab will matter for the vast majority of people seeking out treatment. As mentioned above, if you attend a rehab that offer’s dorm rooms, you should expect to pay less compared to rehabs offering private rooms.

Another obvious factor that affects the cost of going to rehab concerns the amount of time you will spend in the rehab clinic. If you want to spend six-months within the rehab clinic, then this will likely cost a great deal more than attending rehab for one month.

The vast majority of people will elect to spend 28-days within a rehab clinic. This is deemed as the sweet spot for most people. Prices for a 28-day programme start at £4999. The average price is around £7,000-£10,0000.

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We hope you enjoyed this guide to questions you may ask rehabs before you sign the dotted line. It’s also important to visit each rehab clinics’ website that you are considering and request brochures and similar documents that also serve to shed light on clinics’ facilities and approach to treatment. You can locate rehabs in your area by clicking here, or by contacting Rehab 4 Alcoholism today on 0800 111 4108.