What to Avoid in Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services

Substance abuse and mental health services are just like anything else – there are facilities and types of treatment that are truly valuable and helpful, and there are things that just seem to prolong the problem or even make it worse. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to differentiate between the two – especially when you’re desperate for help and looking for the fastest way to get your life back on track.While no one can tell you the exact right kind of substance abuse and mental health services that will be successful for you because it’s such a personal question, there are some things that are just generally better to avoid.

Speedy recovery claims. Facilities that make claims of quick recovery times are setting people up to fail. Study after study has shown that those who are the most successful at getting clean and staying sober are the ones who go through longer treatment programs. (National Institute on Drug Abuse) So while it may be nice to imagine getting “fixed” in a matter of days or weeks, seeking these kinds of programs isn’t doing you any favors.Lax rules. Some treatment facilities – especially those that cater to high-end clientele – have started instituting a policy that allows patients to continue using while they go through treatment. While there is some value to the idea of teaching moderation and control, those are two things that most addicts – by definition – simply can’t handle. When substance abuse and mental health services seem too good to be true, they might just be. Ask for patients who can provide a referral or recommendation or meet with them to make sure you trust their team to help you overcome your addiction.

Thinking money buys success. There are lots of luxurious rehab clinics out there that offer a whole range of amenities for their clients. So much so that you could be forgiven for thinking that you were checking into a resort hotel instead of going to rehab. But amenities don’t necessarily translate to having the most qualified people there to help you or the most successful programs. In terms of sheer qualifications, studies have shown that you’ll be just as well taken care of in less expensive facilities. Of course, you probably won’t get maid service or tennis courts.

Of course, as with anything related to addiction and recovery, what works for someone else may not work for you – and vice versa. That’s why it’s so important to really look into the different kinds of treatments and programs available and choose the one that seems to fit you best.

Whatever path to recovery you choose, our staff has access to hundreds of treatment centers to assure the best personalized treatment for you, then with continued follow up to help you make the transition to sober living as seamless as possible.

Our trained staff of professionals are qualified to help you assess what type of treatment will be the best fit to ensure you or your loved one gets the help you need.

But how does one go about finding the right program?

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