Choosing to undergo residential rehab treatment for alcoholism or drug addiction is a life-changing decision.  The next step is finding a residential rehab facility.  Family members or friends are often the ones who select a residential rehab facility for a loved one who is suffering from addiction.  In order to get the most effective treatment possible, it's important to find a residential program that is the best fit for the individual who will be undergoing treatment.

Residential rehab treatment requires a full-time commitment.  Participants live at the treatment facility (hence the name 'residential') for a period that may vary from several weeks to several months.   Being comfortable in the surroundings is an important part of addiction recovery.

These are some of the things to look for when deciding on a residential rehab facility:

How is detoxification handled?

Detoxification, which is the process of physical withdrawal that occurs when an addict abstains from drugs or alcohol, may take place in the residential rehab facility or in a nearby medical facility.  Make sure you are comfortable with how detoxification is handled before choosing a treatment program.

Where is the residential rehab facility located?

Some people travel out of state for rehab treatment, while others stay closer to home.  Research residential rehab facilities in your area and decide if it makes more sense to relocate for rehab.  The main reasons for relocation are usually a lack of facilities near the patient's home or the need to remove the patient from a negative environment.

Are there lifestyle or disability issues that will affect treatment?

It is important that a rehab patient feels comfortable in his or her surroundings.  There are religious residential rehab programs as well as programs with a gay or lesbian focus.  If the patient has co-occurring disorders, such as clinical depression as well as substance abuse, a facility that treats both disorders should be chosen.

What is the patient's legal status?

People who are entering residential rehab under court order may be limited in their choice of facilities.  The patient's legal status should be disclosed to residential rehab administrators before treatment begins.  Some treatment programs will not accept clients who are under court order, while others specialize in treating these individuals.

Making a Final Decision

The best way to make a final decision about residential rehab is to visit each facility that you are considering.  This will allow you to tour the facility and interview counselors and administrators in person. Find out about post-detoxification counseling and the program's success rate.  Check the patient-to-counselor ratio and ask about counselor credentials.  It's also a good time to discuss the final cost of treatment, your level of insurance coverage and a schedule for payment.