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My Trips to the Hospital

Hi, I'm Cari. When I was a teenager, my best friend Claire's mom got cancer. I started offering to take Deb (the mom) to the hospital for her treatments to help give the family a break. They had all been in and out of the hospital so much, and since I'm basically family to them, it was nice to support Deb and Claire. Not to mention, I was able to learn a lot about different medical topics just be listening and watching while waiting in the hospital. It was fascinating. To everyone's joy, after a long and hard two years, Deb finally beat cancer! I decided to start this blog as a memorial to all those who have struggled with health problems and as a resource to for anyone who needs to know more about hospitals and treatments.

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Choosing Between Different Drug And Alcohol Treatment Centers

Deciding that you need help for a drug or alcohol addition is one of the hardest decisions a person can make. In many cases, a person has hit rock bottom and there is no way up except seeking help. There are a number of drug and alcohol treatment centers throughout the United States, which can make it difficult for a person to choose which one is best for their needs.

There are a number of factors that a person should consider in order to find the program that is going to best suit their problems and that will be the first step on their road to recovery:

What to Look For

There are certain things that you want to make sure a drug and alcohol treatment center offers before agreeing to check in. Don't concentrate on the beautiful settings and amenities that many places will try to sell you on. Instead, focus on whether or not the program is accredited and licensed in a specific state. Also, ask for statistics regarding success rates and relapse.

A program should also have some type of program in place for after you return home such as an aftercare service or a discharge planner. Of course, you'll also want to look for a program that works within your budget so look for a program that is covered by your insurance or that has either a sliding scale or reduced payment plans.

Types of Treatment Available

No two drug and alcohol treatment centers are the same. There are different types of treatment programs, and some treatment centers have different stages of treatment under one roof. Make sure that a program offers a safe detox plan, including a medically supervised detox, if necessary. You will also want to look for programs that focus on both group and individual counseling, as both methods can have their won benefits.

Also, look for a program that will tailor a treatment to your specific needs instead of having a one size fits all treatment plan. You may also want to consider a treatment center that focuses on certain types of addictions such as an alcohol only or drug only program.

Things to Ask Upfront

Knowing what you will be walking into can help take some of the shock of going to treatment away. Some things to ask upfront include:

  • What type of assessment will be performed?
  • Do you offer treatment for all aspects of addiction?
  • Are you affiliated with any hospitals or behavioral health programs?
  • Are you equipped to handle mental or physical health conditions in addition to addiction?
  • Is a patient's family able to be involved in the treatment program?
  • How long is the average stay at your program?

While deciding to seek out drug and alcohol treatment centers can be a difficult step, it is also one of the most important a person can make. Just make sure that you are safe and comfortable with the place that you choose. This will be just the first step to a long and substance free future. To learn more, contact a company like Triumph Treatment Services with any questions or concerns you have.