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How to Find the Right Addiction Treatment for You

Addiction is a devastating disease that can be nearly impossible to overcome—particularly if you try to recover on your own. And yet, the Surgeon General’s office reports that only 1 in 10 people who struggle with addiction receive help.1

5 Minute Read | Published Sep 14 2023 | Updated Feb 23 2024 Expert Verified
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Better Addiction Care knows that finding addiction help is the key to overcoming your condition and starting the path to recovery. That’s why we strive to help you or someone you love find the right addiction treatment program.

When to Seek Addiction Treatment

Addiction is a prevalent danger to the health of millions of Americans. So, why is it that so many people struggle to get the help they need? There are many reasons why someone might avoid participating in a rehab program, but the most common reasons include:

  • Social stigma
  • Cost
  • Lack of information about treatment centers

Individuals who need drug or alcohol addiction treatment can seek help at any time. However, it is particularly important to get help when you meet more than three of the DSM-5’s criteria for a substance use disorder. 

This criteria lists the following as signs of an addiction:

  • Insatiable cravings for the substance
  • Giving up hobbies
  • Health issues related to substance use
  • Increased time spent using drugs or alcohol
  • Repeated failed attempts to stop
  • Higher substance intake over longer periods
  • Increased tolerance
  • Withdrawal symptoms upon cessation
  • Neglecting responsibilities
  • Interpersonal and social problems
  • Endangering yourself and others to get more of the substance

Individuals who meet only one or two of these criteria can often handle their addiction with advice from a physician or an outpatient program. But if you meet three or more of these conditions, it’s best to call Better Addiction Care and connect with a rehab near you.

Types of Addiction Treatment Programs

Realizing that you need help for your addiction is a vital first step toward lifelong recovery. But after you take that step, you have another challenge ahead — namely, figuring out how to choose a rehab facility.

There are three main types of addiction treatment facilities, and each can play an important role in your recovery. Let’s take a closer look at each one.

Detox Center

Many people start their journey of finding addiction help in a detox center. These facilities are designed to care for individuals actively going through withdrawal. The medical staff on site will help keep you safe and comfortable during this process (with medication if necessary), and they can treat you should you experience any complications during detox.

Inpatient Treatment

After completing detox, most people move into inpatient rehab. Patients live in these facilities full-time and attend both group therapy sessions and individual counseling. Inpatient programs can be instrumental in helping people discover the root causes and substance misuse triggers that drive them to addiction, and they can also learn valuable skills that will help them maintain sobriety.

Outpatient Treatment

Outpatient rehab is often the final step in a person’s addiction recovery. This type of program can take a few different forms, from a sober living facility to a local program like Alcoholics Anonymous. Here, individuals can check in with other people in recovery and receive support and accountability, while also reintegrating into their normal life.

What to Consider When Choosing Treatment

There are many addiction treatment centers in the country, so finding the right one can feel overwhelming. Luckily, Better Addiction Care is here! Our treatment advisors can help you narrow down your selection based on several key criteria, including the following:

  • Location

Better Addiction Care can help you find several rehab centers in your local area, so you can get the treatment you need close to home. And if you’d rather get away to work on recovery, we can give you information about treatment facilities located anywhere in the country.

  • Specialties

No two people have the exact same addiction history, and therefore no one has the exact same recovery needs. This is why it’s very important to find a facility staffed with a team that understands your needs. This might mean finding specialists who understand your co-occurring disorder or therapists familiar with the type of experiences you suffered earlier in life.

  • Amenities

Some addiction treatment centers offer a variety of amenities. These can include things like art therapy, horseback riding, fitness and meditation classes. However, it’s important to note that these extras are just that — extras — and therefore they aren’t available at every center. If amenities like these are important to you or your loved one, make sure to seek help from a program that offers them.

  • Length of Program

Inpatient addiction treatment programs can last anywhere from a few weeks to three months. Outpatient programs can last even longer. When you call Better Addiction Care to determine how to choose a rehab facility, it’s wise to have an idea of how long you expect your program to be.

  • Payment Options

The cost of treatment is one of the greatest impediments to finding addiction treatment. Individuals on a tight budget or without health insurance may feel like a rehab center is out of their reach, so they might avoid seeking the help they need. However, there are many treatment facilities that offer low-cost or no-cost addiction treatment. Better Addiction Care can help you find a program that accepts your insurance or offers payment options that suit your needs.

  • Your Recovery Goals

Finally, the last thing you should consider when finding addiction treatment is your goal for recovery. Do you want to stop using addictive substances altogether? Are you looking for a program that supports moderation? What is your motivation for seeking help with recovery? These questions are vital to your sobriety, as they will help you find the recovery path that offers you the greatest chance at success.

Better Addiction Care is Here to Help

No matter what kind of addiction treatment you’re looking for, Better Addiction Care can help you connect with a program and begin your recovery journey. Our team is always available to talk with you, and calls are always free and confidential. 

Contact Better Addiction Care to get more information about treatment centers, and take the first step toward a brighter future free from addiction. Call our helpline at (800) 429-7690 to begin your journey toward sobriety today.


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