Substance abuse is a type of addiction we commonly know. It affects 35 million people worldwide according to the World Drug Report of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) released in 2019.
There are numerous causes of substance abuse but there is no doubt that social issues contribute to the problem. UNODC reported in 2020 that “poverty, limited education, and social marginalization” are factors that still affect the increasing number of people who have substance abuse.
If addiction is left untreated, the person struggling with addiction will lose his social relationships with family and peers; the disease, i.e., addiction will get much worse; lastly, health conditions will regress which may result in death.
Things to consider in choosing a rehab facility
One thing we can do to help a person who struggles with addiction, like a loved one, is to encourage him or her to get treated. That’s the first step. Health facilities, namely rehabilitation centers, are offering services that could help a person struggling with addiction.
In choosing a facility that could help someone we know, we have to consider some of these things:
1. Choose the right program for the condition
*Inpatient treatment: the patient will be staying at their house and go to the facility regularly to attend sessions.
*Outpatient treatment: the patient staying in the facility for a length of time to be treated for their addiction and other health problems.
*Residential treatment: the patient stays and will be treated in a non-hospital care facility.
*Recovery housing: the patient will be temporarily living in a supervised residential area where they could participate in sessions along with other patients.
Collaborating with the person regarding what type of treatment is suited will be beneficial for you both. In that way, you can find out more about what they need, which will help you understand more about his condition. That could also help them in thinking that getting rehabilitated is okay and harmless.
2. Location of the facility
A rehabilitation near our home is somewhat good because we can access it in no time. However, professionals advise that the farther the rehab facility from the source of addiction of the person, the bigger the chances of him recovering. Their reason is to sever the connection between them and their addiction.
You also have to understand that he will be having relapses, and he could go back to the place where he was first introduced to the substance he got addicted to. Moreover, in doing so he could get overdosed which may result in something much worse. To increase the chances of his recovery, you have to keep that from happening.
This does not refer to armed guards, watchtowers, or 15-foot high fences of metal mesh surrounding the facility. Security refers to how safe the patients are in the facility; how secured they are from being harassed by the staff or by other patients.
The last thing that an ill person needs is to be isolated from the world like a criminal. Moreover, rehabilitation centers should not be resembling a prison lest the patients will not recover.
4. Cost of the service
Rehab centers, just like other health facilities, do not come cheap. You have to weigh your options on how to pay for the expenses because health insurance will not pay all of it. Loans are often deemed as useful for paying off a long-term program, but they are undeniably taxing. Anything for the sobriety of our loved one, right?
5. System of living
Living conditions for the patients will be different from what they are used to before enrolling in the center. This is important because there will be scheduled activities and sessions that are part of their treatment program. That’s just something we have to understand.
However, what we need to look for is what sort of amenities they have in the facility. Do not look for hotel-like features but look for the necessities like a room with a bed that will ensure the privacy of the patient. This will secure their comfort and promote a healthy environment that can provide growth for them.Substance abuse is a sickness that has been regarded as a criminal offense in many parts of the world. Little to do know, most of the people who have drug addiction suffer undiagnosed mental disorders. Policing a mental disorder for a crime is not going to help him or others like him. They are sick. Help is what they need, not handcuffs.