Choosing an Inpatient Rehab Program

For most people struggling with an alcohol or other drug abuse problem, an inpatient rehab center is going to provide them with a better chance at successfully beating it than an outpatient program. According to the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services, there were roughly 4,400 residential rehabs and hospital inpatient treatment programs reported on March 31, 2008.

Inpatient rehabs make up about 33 percent of the total treatment facilities in the country, but only serve about ten percent of the combined treatment population. In addition, just 21 percent of the facilities have longer-term residential programs that serve roughly six percent of the overall clients.

When choosing an inpatient rehab for yourself or a loved one, there are several important factors to consider. These include location, cost, length of time, whether or not they work with your insurance, what other funding sources are available, and most importantly, what treatment methods are used and what kind of results are achieved.

Unfortunately the system is set up to provide public funding for programs that do not always produce strong results, leaving some of the more successful alternative programs to rely only on insurance and private payments. It is a public policy issue that needs to change so that more people have access to better treatment facilities.

If someone is not restricted to a location by legal problems, than it can be a good idea in most situations to get the person out of their immediate environment. While it does not necessarily mean flying across the country, it could. Many people go out of their current state to find a good program, while others may be fortunate enough to have the right facility be within a short drive.

A good thing to remember is that not all inpatient rehab programs are the same, and that when you are searching for treatment centers you should choose the one that seems to make the most sense to you and then figure out how to enroll, rather than restricting yourself to a limited number of choices.