Choosing Treatment: Why You Need to Call Rehab Centers for Information

Choosing Treatment: Why You Need to Call Rehab Centers for Information

It is important to find a treatment center that will fit your needs and assist you in recovery

When you are looking for treatment for addiction to drugs like methadone, it can be overwhelming as there are many options available. You also are at a crossroads in your life right now. Recent scientific advances have changed how addiction is viewed. It is now known that addiction is a chronic, relapsing disease and not a moral failure.[1]

You are making the decision to pursue a healthy life and to no longer live going from one high to another. This is a very big decision. Not all treatment centers are going to be a good fit for you or have the resources and/or staff to treat your unique situation. When you select a treatment center, it is common to use online resources. While these are helpful and convenient, nothing beats talking to someone directly. You can find clarity to your answers and ask follow up questions when you talk to someone in person.

The following are a few reasons why it is important to speak to a real person before selecting a location for treatment:

Real Conversations Provide Clarity

When you speak to someone directly, this means you can always ask for further elaboration or follow up with more questions. Otherwise, it may be easy to make an incorrect assumption, which could lead confusion or incorrect conclusions. You are already stressed—why potentially add more stress to the equation? A simple phone call can provide clarity. One of the key elements of treatment is talk therapy or psychotherapy. In some ways, this is a lot like a preview for how some of your therapy sessions will be. There is also potential that a webpage does not give you of the information that you are looking for or that the information on the website is out of date. For example, the laws with insurance are changing all the time—so what was true at one point may not be true today. Also, in some cases a website can simply have mistakes on it. If you talk to someone who thoroughly knows the information, he or she can point you to resources of verification. You cannot do that on some webpages or even in books. You need to have direct communication to achieve this.

Direct Spoken Communication Is Clearer Than Words on a Page

When you read something in a book or on view it a webpage, the tone on a page can be easily misinterpreted. Almost everyone has at one point in time sent an email or message to have it be misinterpreted by the recipient. This again leads to incorrect assumptions and misunderstandings. This also avoids sending multiple of emails. While you might be tempted to type out your questions and just email them to different rehab centers, this is not a good approach to find the right treatment center for you and your needs.

You Can Often Learn a Lot From Speaking to Someone

When you talk directly with someone with years of experience, you can find a wealth of knowledge. You can likely speak to different people at a treatment center, including therapists and healthcare technicians, to find out more information about what will happen at the treatment center. This gives much more insight than a few lines of text on a webpage. You can ask specifically who the counselor is that you would be working with and what their background is. In many cases, you may even get to schedule a time to talk with the therapist or counselor you would work with at the rehab facility. Whatever your questions are, they should be answered to ensure you will receive proper care in recovery.

You Can Also Learn More About the Culture of the Organization and the Facility

The demeanor of the individual you talk with on the phone as well as his approach to customer service and the quality of the information you are given tell a lot about the facility. This is not to say you should make hasty assumptions about small details, but if you call twice and both times the counselor is rude and does not attempt to answer your questions, it is very likely that is not the right facility for you.

If you have any questions about what to ask regarding treatment for addictions to drugs like methadone or selecting a treatment center, please call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline so our counselors can give you insight and the information you need. Approximately 22.5 million people age 12 and older needed help with their drug or alcohol use in 2014, but only 2.6 million—about 11.6 percent—got treatment at a specialty facility.[2] You are not alone if you need help. Get the help you need today. You do not have to give anything other than some basic demographical information and what prompted your phone call. You can even choose to remain anonymous if you would like. The key is to get the information you need. Please call today.

[1] , Drug Abuse and Addiction

[2] 5 Things the SAMHSA Survey Tells Us About Our Mental Health, Drug Use, Sack, David