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What to Consider When Selecting a Drug and Alcohol Detox Center

Whether it is for yourself or a loved one, selecting the best drug and alcohol detox center is critical to ensuring a successful recovery for the addict. For first those entering recovery for the first time, you may be wondering what there is to consider that you aren’t thinking about. For an addict who has relapsed and is entering detox again, you may want to consider factors that you did not think about before. 

Whatever the case, below is a comprehensive list of factors to consider and questions that the addict or the addict’s loved one should ask when contacting a detox facility.

Detox Center Location

With thousands of treatment centers across the country, it can be overwhelming to find the right one. The easiest way to narrow down the search is to consider which type of setting would be the most relaxing and least distracting from recovery. 

If you are someone who likes cold weather and curling up next to a fire in the evening, then a center in a cooler state would be a good idea. However, for people who prefer warm weather and walks along a lake, a Florida detox center is a better idea.

Commonly, it is preferred to remove an addict from their familiar settings. Choosing an out-of-state detox facility removes the ability for a recovering addict to be easily triggered into relapsing.

Questions to Ask About the Facility’s Location

  • First, what is your center’s proximity to a big city?
  • Second, how long is the drive from the nearest airport?

Length of Stay

The time needed to detox fully can vary based on the following factors:

  • The substance(s) abused
  • If multiple substances were abused
  • Length of time the user abused the substance
  • How much of the substance the user took
  • Presence of underlying conditions
  • Medical history
  • Age
  • Gender

Finding a detox center that creates a custom treatment plan and evaluates the length of stay based on the client’s needs is ideal for treatment success.

Questions to Ask About Length of Stay

  • First, how long is the program?
  • Second, can my length of stay vary depending on my progress?

Quantity & Quality of Detox Center Staff

Trust between the client and the staff is just as important as trust between the loved ones and the staff. Detox facilities have medical doctors, as well as therapists on staff. Moreover, ensure these medical professionals have experience in treating the type of addiction that the client has. 

Additionally, don’t hesitate to ask if the client can speak with one of the providers to see if there is a connection. Addicts often struggle with trust issues and detox is a highly vulnerable time for these users. Being able to break down their barriers and communicate openly is going to be critical.

Questions to Ask About the Detox Center Staff

  • First, are any of the providers currently available to talk with me quickly?
  • Second, how many doctors and therapists are available per patient?
  • Third, how much one-on-one therapy will you provide?
  • Fourth, where can I find the credentials of your key staff members?

Treatment for Dual Diagnosis

Dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorders are highly common with addicts. Not all facilities are equipped to diagnose and treat patients with all of the possible psychological disorders that can accompany addiction.

Detox can trigger or amplify the symptoms of certain mental illnesses, especially for a client that is undiagnosed and unprepared.

Questions to Ask About Treatment Methods

  • First, do you look for co-occurring diagnosis’ during your evaluation?
  • Second, is effective treatment available for clients with co-occurring disorders?
  • Third, what mental illnesses are your doctors and therapists experienced with?

Insurances Accepted

Detox treatment requires around the clock care and often call for medication in addition to therapy. This type of care is costly and leads to many addicts relying on their insurance to cover the costs. For you, finding a drug and alcohol detox center that accepts your insurance may be the only way to get the treatment you need. Luckily, each treatment center has an insurance verification process ensuring your insurance coverage is known prior to the start of treatment.

Questions to Ask About Insurance Coverage

  • First, does your detox facility accept my insurance?
  • Second, are you in-network with my insurance?
  • Third, how much am I expected to pay out of pocket for treatment?
  • Fourth, what happens if my insurance does not cover part of my treatment?

Care After Detox

Remember, recovery does not stop after detox. Drug and alcohol recovery can include detox, outpatient treatment, inpatient treatment, medication-assisted treatment, family planning, long term-treatment, or any combination of these.

Whether the detox center you choose offers all of these services, or if they have other centers that they work with to get you continuing care after detox, it is critical to have a plan in place.

Questions to Ask About Care After Drug and Alcohol Detox

  • First, do you offer recovery treatment plans outside of detox?
  • Second, what facilities do you have relationships with for treatment following detox?

Addiction Specific Treatment

Depending on the type of addiction, treatment can vary greatly. Some addiction treatment facilities specialize in specific types of addiction. At Compass Detox, we provide services to help addicts detox from the following types of drugs: 

  • Alcohol
  • Heroin
  • Opiates
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Methamphetamine
  • Cocaine
  • Methadone
  • Suboxone
  • Prescription Drugs

For those who do not see the drug(s) they are addicted to on this list, contact us at (800) 263-3869. Learn more about how Compass Detox can support you.

Questions to Ask About Addiction Specific Detox

  • First, do you specialize in detox for my addiction?
  • Second, do you offer medical detox or other medication-assisted therapies?
  • Third, can you provide me with a sample treatment plan for my addiction?

Compass detox is a drug and alcohol detox center that provides privacy, comfort, and personalized treatment plans that help our clients succeed in detox and recovery. Call us today to find out how we can help you or your loved one in their journey to sobriety.