Any addict who has ever tried to get clean and sober knows that detoxing sounds easier than it is. It isn’t only a matter of being someplace where you can’t get your drug of choice because the physical symptoms of withdrawal are not easy to go through. In fact, this can be one of the hardest things you’ll ever need to experience in your life and why it is vital that you choose the right detox center to help you work through it.
Detoxing is not something you want to go through alone. More often than not an addict will simply switch one drug for another and then the addiction starts all over again. If you are serious about recovery, it’s time to understand what you should be looking for in detox centers. Here are some of the things every addict should know when seeking a treatment facility to help them with recovery.
Evidence Based Methodology and Protocols
There are many treatment facilities out there that don’t follow tried and true methodology and recovery protocol. Are there trained medical personnel on staff and does the treatment program follow a 12 Step program like that of Narcotics Anonymous (NA)? Will you be monitored for any signs and symptoms which could indicate your body is in crisis? Unfortunately, many detox centers are basing their treatment plans on theoretical approaches which should be limited to research. If there is no medical/scientific evidence to back their methodology, it’s in your best interest to keep searching for a center you can trust.
Even treatment centers that follow standardized protocols may not have a great success ratio. One thing you will want to research is how successful that facility has been in helping addicts detox and continue on to recovery. How successful have they been in long-term recovery and do they follow their clients in aftercare? This is an important aspect of recovery because an addict is an addict for life. You never hear an addict say, “I’m a recovered addict,” but instead they will state, “I’m a recovering addict.” There is a huge difference, and this is why a significant period of aftercare is a must. You will be in recovery for the rest of your life.
It is also important to be allowed access to the facility. You need to meet the staff, counselors and any medical professionals who will be overseeing your care. Transparency is a must. Anyone can write an amazing press release on a detox center but if you aren’t allowed to tour the facility, either in person or on a virtual tour online, you have no way of knowing how much is hype and how much is fact. It’s important that you feel comfortable with the people and facility you will be trusting to guide you through recovery. If there is a lack of trust, you may be doomed to failure. After all, you are literally putting your life in their hands.
Bear in mind that detoxing is only the very first step in recovery. While it may be physically the hardest step to go through, you will be in recovery for the rest of your life. The right program can help you live a life free of the substance that brought you to this place in your life. If you have any doubts, keep searching. The right program is out there, now go find it. This is the first day of the rest of your life, so choose wisely and that will be a clean and sober life you can enjoy for many years to come.