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How Do I Compare Rehabs? Finding the Right Addiction Treatment

There are thousands of drug and alcohol treatment programs across the country, and each is unique in its own ways. Because choosing the right program for you is a critically important part of achieving lasting sobriety, it is critical that you know how to make your selection. Read on to discover how you can compare rehabs.

5 Minute Read | Published Sep 10 2023 | Updated Mar 11 2024 Expert Verified
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How Do I Compare Rehabs? – Choosing Between Drug and Alcohol Treatment Options

What You Must Know Before You Compare Rehabs

Before you compare rehabs, you must know some information about yourself or your loved one and the situation. This is because a number of factors about you or your loved one will determine which treatment program is the best fit. Most rehabs will require that you provide them with this information on the initial call, so it is good that you have it handy.

Here are some of the things that you must know:

  • Patient age and gender
  • What substances are being used
  • How much of each substance and how often it is used
  • The patient’s addiction and treatment history
  • Any co-occurring mental health or medical issues that the patient suffers from
  • Any special needs that the patient may have, ie dietary requirements
  • Any upcoming or ongoing personal, familial, professional, or legal responsibilities that the patient has
  • The patient’s insurance plan and membership information
  • Any sources of potential funding other than insurance
  • The patient’s preferred amenities
  • The patient’s location and ability to travel

Comparing Inpatient Vs. Outpatient Rehab

There are two major types of rehab, inpatient and outpatient. Inpatient rehab requires patients to reside at the treatment facility at night and attend treatment programs for a number of hours throughout the day. Outpatient rehab requires patients to live elsewhere and come to a centralized location for treatment during the day.

There is incredibly wide variation between both inpatient and outpatient programs which makes it difficult to overgeneralize. However, inpatient programs are generally more expensive that outpatient programs, but also provide around-the-clock care and are almost universally considered the patient’s most likely way to achieve lasting sobriety. Outpatient programs allow patients to continue to attend to life responsibilities while attending treatment and are usually less expensive, although they lack many of the benefits of inpatient rehab and are less likely to result in long-term recovery.

Each patient will have to consider their own circumstances and abilities when decided to attend an inpatient or outpatient rehab program. If you would like help doing so or to find out more about your options, call (800) 429-7690

Comparing Traveling or Staying for Rehab

There is some controversy in the addiction field as to whether it is better to travel for rehab or to stay local. Some say that the familiarity of a close stay is better, because it enables things like family visits and a continued routine. Perhaps the greatest advantages to a close-by rehab are reduced travel time and costs.

Others insist that it is better to travel for rehab. Patients can remove themselves from the triggers and enablers that have plagued them up until that point. It is difficult to call your dealer when he’s a thousand miles away. Also, many believe that completely removing yourself from a situation and putting you into an entirely new one helps you better focus on treatment.

If you or someone you love is considering traveling for rehab, Call our confidential helpline at (800) 429-7690.

How Do I Compare Rehab Accreditations?

Like all medical facilities, rehabs must be accredited. There are three major organizations that provide accreditation for drug rehabs.

  • The Commission on Accreditation of Rehab Facilities (CARF)
  • The Joint Commision (Formerly JCAHO)
  • State and local government

It is important to see if any drug rehab facility you or a loved one are planning on attending are fully accredited by the CARF and Joint Commission, and are licensed by any state or local authorities.

If you or someone you love is looking for addiction treatment, Call our confidential helpline at (800) 429-7690.

How Do I Compare Rehab Amenities?

Every rehab has its own unique set of amenities. Some rehabs have very basic amenities, little more than what is necessary to keep patients healthy and comfortable. Other facilities have lavish amenities designed to make even the wealthiest patients feel like they are living a lavish lifestyle.

Typically, the biggest impact that the quality of amenities has will be on the overall cost of the program. The greater and more luxurious the amenities, the more expensive the rehab. Some rehabs charge additional fees for the use of some amenities, and this may not be covered by insurance.

The biggest question to ask when comparing amenities is whether or not the amenity will aid in your recovery and make it more likely that you will achieve lasting sobriety. If not, it isn’t necessary, only a luxury or worse, a distraction.

If you’re looking to compare rehab amenities, call our confidential helpline at (800) 429-7690.

Comparing Rehab Success Rates

It is very difficult to compare rehab success rates. For one thing, even the best rehabs rely on patient self-reporting to determine relapse rates, and self-reporting is notoriously unreliable, especially among current and former addiction sufferers. For another, so many factors influence relapse rates that a truly excellent facility that caters to high-risk patients may have a higher relapse rate than a mediocre facility that caters to low-risk patients.

A good way to compare rehab success rates is to either ask for referrals or to compare patient reviews. Many facilities have staff that graduated from their programs. Former patients are generally a great way to get to know what a facility is really like, although it is important to get several different opinions.

Are You Looking for Drug or Alcohol Treatment: Find Rehab Today!

Addiction is a crippling disease that destroys lives. Luckily, there are ways for you to compare rehabs so that you can choose the right one for you or your loved one. Call (800) 429-7690 for more information.


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