California is known for having some of the best rehab centres in the US, and that’s a bit of a gift and a curse. This means that there are tons of options, but also that it’s much more difficult to find one that fits your needs. Then there’s the fact that there are so many ways to treat addiction. This is why you need to know what to look for in a rehab center and what resources are available to help you in your search. Here are a few tips for finding the perfect California drug rehab for you.
Speak with a professional
Know that there are people out there that can help you find a program and a location for you. Dedicated treatment professionals have extensive knowledge of different rehab methods and will be able to sit down with you and look at your objectives. They will also look at things such as which substance you need treatment for, whether you need medical attention for other issues, your budget, your belief system, etc. Next, they will be able to match you with rehab centers in your area. You’ll then have a list of centers that you’ll be able to call and visit.
We would also suggest that you get a formal psychological evaluation from an American Society of Addiction Medicine certified psychiatrist, social worker, or doctor that is trained to treat substance abuse. They will be able to tell if there are any underlying mental health issues that need to be addressed in addition to drug abuse. Once your assessment has been made, the professional will be able to recommend the proper course of action in your case.
Look at reviews
Another thing we would suggest you do is read a few reviews for the top rehab centers in California. Some websites will have top 10 lists that you can check out. You don’t necessarily have to go for those, and they might not exactly be the top 10 in the state, but they will usually have a good reputation. Check multiple lists and see if any names keep coming up. Also, check what type of service they offer and their philosophy.
Interact with them online
Another thing you should do is look at their website and social media and try to get an idea of what they stand for. This will give you a better idea of what their priorities are. You might be able to see what kind of relationship the staff has with patients. You might get an idea of what kind of patients they can help and what kind of treatment you can expect. This will give you a good sense of the culture of the rehab centre, and whether this is somewhere you could imagine yourself going to. You will also be able to see which resources are available. If you’re suffering from PTSD, anxiety, or trauma, there are centers that provide trauma therapy too. This is something you should be able to find on their website.
Look at their treatment options
Speaking of which, you have to know what type of treatment they can offer and which ones they might oppose. For instance, some centers dealing with opioid addiction may choose to offer medication to patients. Some will have a strict abstinence rule. You may want one over the other for different reasons. You may have tried to go cold turkey before but weren’t able to, for instance. So, make sure that you know if medication will be used and how.
Finally, you have to ask the right questions when speaking with a facility. You first want to know if the treatment they use has been backed by science. Another thing you want to know is if they adjust their program depending on the person or if it’s a one-size-fits-all thing. This is important if you’re dealing with a very specific type of addiction, or if you come from a different background or cultural heritage.
Finding a good rehab treatment center in California is much easier when you know where to start. Make sure that you follow our advice and speak with as many people as you can before you make your final decision.
Dennis Relojo-Howell is the founder of Psychreg.
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