Finding the drug-addiction treatment that will work best for you takes some research, discussion, and thought. If you want your treatment to be successful, think about what you would like to see and experience while in treatment. Are you open to going to group discussions? Would you be more willing to speak with someone one-on-one? Should you choose inpatient or outpatient? All of these questions are valid concerns that should be thoroughly and carefully thought out before deciding on where your best treatment options lie.

Will insurance cover it or will you have to pay out of pocket?
One of the biggest concerns for many entering treatment is payment. Before choosing a rehabilitation facility, find out about their payment policy. Will they take your insurance? Will your insurance cover treatment? Will they cover inpatient versus outpatient? Will they help once you enter sober living? Finding the answers to many of these questions will ease the worry about paying for treatment. Regardless of which treatment center you choose, have a discussion with your insurance company to see what will and won’t be covered under your policy before treatment starts. Then find a center that not only aligns with your needs but also takes your insurance or can create a customized payment plan so that you can afford rehab.

Licensed professionals
Most treatment centers will have a staff of trained and licensed professionals to care for patients entering and working through treatment. It’s important that facilities have more than one licensed professional whether they be medical professionals or counselors. Each person coming into treatment has their own story and addiction history, so there should be enough professionals to deliver the necessary attention and dedication to every patient that comes through the front door.

Each state has different regulations for licensing and programs available for treatment centers. The important point is that patients get the care they need from professionals who know the best treatment options and how to see them through.

Treatment programs
Depending on your situation, there are two main options for treatment: inpatient and outpatient. Inpatient treatment requires you to attend a rehab facility that offers 24-hour care with medical staff members on call. Inpatient treatment is also the most engaging form of treatment because you are living in a facility, removed from daily stress and temptation. Inpatient treatment will often offer group therapy, individualized therapy, and even medicine-assisted treatment if you require a medical detox. Inpatient treatment is often a better option for addicts who have sought treatment before or have a long history of substance addiction.

Outpatient treatment is less constructive and allows patients to come and go. If you have a job you are unable to leave or are still in school, outpatient treatment can be your best bet because it won’t uproot your life. Outpatient treatment tends to be a better fit for patients who have less severe and often shorter addiction periods. Treatment for outpatient rehab can include all-day sessions, hour sessions, or even weekly sessions with trained professionals.

Sober living or aftercare
When the period of your rehab treatment is over, it’s usually suggested that patients enter sober living or some kind of extended-care treatment program. Sometimes rehabilitation is not enough and further guidance is needed so you have the tools to continue to live a sober lifestyle. Sober living can offer patients the transition from rehab back into everyday life. Sober living can also offer a supportive environment with others going through the same transition. Having a sense of community lends itself to much higher levels of success and lowers the likelihood of relapse.

Every rehabilitation facility will have their own unique programs and rules. To be successful in your treatment, finding the right addiction treatment is imperative to your health and wellness. Do some investigating and speak with various treatment centers to find the best fit for you.



Erica Franco Mortimer, MA, LPC, LCADC
Founder and CEO
Center for Healing
Evan Berk Erica is a licensed therapist with over twenty-years experience in mental health. Erica offers practical and straight forward advice to those struggling with addiction and their families. Having deep insight and understanding of addiction, Erica is able to offer guidance to those looking to regain control of their lives.


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