women choosing a rehabilitation centerHow to choose a rehab facility? There are many types of rehab programs available for drug and alcohol addiction. There are also different treatment options that work better for some individuals than others. From varied costs to the location of your program – choosing the right treatment facility is critical for the recovery journey. Some factors to consider before choosing a substance abuse program include:

  • The cost of the program
  • The type of program
  • The program’s principles or philosophies
  • The location of the program
  • The amenities offered by the facility

At Changing Tides, in Kitty Hawk, NC, we know it can be hard to choose a substance abuse treatment program or rehab center. Consider some of the questions and information below to help you make the best choice.

What Should You Look For In Treatment Programs?

Keep in mind that all rehabilitation facilities vary, and the services they offer may not be the same despite having similar classifications. Some of the primary types of treatment include:

Inpatient Treatment (IP):

For alcohol treatment and drug addiction treatment, this rehab program takes place within a hospital or facility. Many treatment facilities also call IP “residential program” because patients or clients live at the facility 24 hours a day.

Typically, this program provides around-the-clock care. Full inpatient treatment programs are run seven days a week and may include a treatment team, support groups, comprehensive medical and mental health support.

Partial Hospitalization (PHP):

The partial hospitalization program at Changing Tides requires patients to stay in the facility for around 4 to 6 hours per day for various kinds of therapy. These scheduled therapies take place approximately five times per day. Not all PHP programs work this way, so it’s best to clarify the program’s parameters if you’re interested in a PHP program.

Intensive outpatient treatment (IOP):

The options offered here don’t require clients to remain at a facility overnight. At Changing Tides, our intensive outpatient rehab treatment setting happens five days a week for three hours a day. Each session includes group therapy. Outside these sessions, patients focus on completing assignments, getting back to work and attending additional meetings. IOP is designed to teach coping mechanisms and skills, providing the tools you need to reduce cravings and to deal with triggers when they occur.

General Outpatient Treatment:

This may be the right choice when a client has already graduated from an inpatient or intensive outpatient program. Outpatient programs don’t require patients to stay at the facility, but they may require several visits for a few hours at a time throughout the week, depending on the program. At Changing Tides, clients attend outpatient services only three days per week for an hour at a time.

Should You Go to Addiction Recovery Close to Home or Further Away?

The decision to go away for treatment is one that can be helpful, but only if it is feasible for your situation. There are benefits to choosing a rehabilitation facility that is close to home, such as:

  • Being able to see friends and relatives
  • Being closer to work or school, if you’re participating in an outpatient program
  • Potentially lower costs due to less travel
  • Having familiar surroundings

That being said, there are many reasons to go away for treatment, too. Some good reasons to travel for substance abuse services include:

  • Getting away from familiar surroundings where you may experience more triggers
  • Being able to separate yourself from friends or family members who may threaten your sobriety
  • Being unable to come and go from the rehabilitation facility freely due to distance, which can help you focus on recovery
  • Getting a “break” from your old life and taking this time away to create a fresh start in a new area

What you decide will depend on your circumstances. If you’re not sure what you’d like to do, discuss it with us. We’re happy to help you when choosing a rehab facility and the right addiction program.

How Do Addiction Centers’ Philosophies or Clients Vary?

There are different kinds of addiction centers, not just different kinds of programs. Some drug addiction centers focus on faith-based treatment. Others may be gender-specific or work with only a certain age of clientele. Before you start choosing a rehab facility, sit down and ask yourself if you have preferences for the people you surround yourself with.

Do you want to be in a Christian or religious treatment center? Would you like to be in a co-ed environment or only with people of your gender? Answering these questions will help narrow the field of options so that making a decision is less overwhelming. Some philosophies addiction treatment facilities may promote include:

  • Christian-based treatment
  • LGBTQ+ treatment
  • Male-only treatment
  • Female-only treatment
  • Under-18 treatment
  • Adult-only treatment

Ask about the specific kind of program offered, so you find the one that you feel most comfortable with.

What Are the Costs and Insurance Coverage for Rehabilitation Programs?

The cost of a good rehabilitation program can vary, as could the insurance coverage. The average cost of inpatient rehabilitation based on national averages ranges between $7,500 per month up to $120,000 per month for luxury rehabilitation services. Of course, since no two programs are the same, it’s hard to say what a program will cost for you. Your insurance may cover the cost of the program, or you may be able to pay out of pocket with a payment plan through the facility. Note: Addiction is classified as a Mental Health Disorder, so there may be supplemental insurance coverage too. Additionally, some insurances may require your primary health care provider for a referral. Contact a Changing Tides consultant for more information.

Remember, your health insurance coverage may have a deductible and coinsurance or require you to use a certain in-network facility. These factors can all affect the cost of your treatment options.

If your insurance carrier will not cover residential treatment (IP) for ongoing treatment, then you may need to cover the costs through cash or credit. The average cost of an outpatient program is between $1,400 and $10,000 monthly. If that seems like too much, don’t worry, many treatment centers offer financing options (including Changing Tides), so you can pay by the month or make other arrangements that work for your budget.

Road To Recovery

In addition to the costs related to the program, distance may play a role in the expenses you face. Look to local treatment facilities first and foremost for outpatient care (Ie: Changing Tides is located in Kitty Hawk, NC, so if you are within a 50-mile radius we may offer a treatment program for you.).

If you need to get out of your area to go to a rehabilitation program, you should also include the cost of travel, hotels or other services that you require in your budget to make an informed decision when choosing rehab centers.

Contact Changing Tides to Learn More

At Changing Tides, we know that it can be difficult to navigate the process of finding the right drug and alcohol program. We want to help you make the right choice so that you feel comfortable in the program and can focus on your recovery. We’d love to speak with you more about our programs and how we can make you feel at home with us during your treatment. Please call us for a free consultation at 252-289-8046.