How to Find the Best Rehab

When someone suffering in the throes of addiction finally reaches that point of being willing to get professional help, the immediate question of where to go presents itself. The good and bad in this regard is that there are so many options. This is good in that there is a rehab facility and treatment programme well-suited to just about every need and preference. The bad news is that it can be difficult and frustrating to search through all the different options in the hope of finally arriving at the best choice. We can help you understand how to find the best rehab.

UKAT exists to serve addicts and their families looking to find professional help. We cannot simply tell clients to go to clinic XYZ after just one or two minutes on the phone, but we can offer comprehensive assessments followed by walking clients through all the options open to them, advising them as to which clinic or treatment programme we believe to be the best.

Choosing the Best Rehab Facility

There is a difference between choosing a rehab facility and choosing the best one for a person’s needs. Our goal is to strive to find the best one for each client. But doing so is not a quick process. We speak with clients at length to fully understand what it is they are going through. We go to great lengths to understand personal circumstances, finances, history, and so on.

If you were searching for the best rehab facility on your own, we would recommend that you start by attempting to honestly assess your situation with the help of family members and others whose opinion you trust. We suggest asking yourself the following five questions:

1. How long have I been using?

Whether you are using drugs, alcohol or both, the length of time you have been using is an indicator of how serious your problem is. Length of use also plays into the kinds of treatments you will need to get better. The longer you have been using, the more thorough your treatment will need to be.

2. How serious is my addiction or substance abuse?

Medical science now classifies drug and alcohol misuse under four different categories. We will not go through those categories here, but the point is that there are more and less serious cases of substance abuse. The seriousness of your particular problem will partly determine what kind of treatment you seek.

To assess how serious your addiction or substance abuse is, ask yourself how often you use on any given day. Ask yourself if you are using habitually and if that use is interrupting your productivity at school or work. Finally, honestly assess whether you feel withdrawal symptoms in between periods of use.

3. What is my budget for private rehab?

Unlike treatments offered by the NHS, private rehab is not free to users. You will need to honestly assess how much you can afford to pay for treatment. Bear in mind that there are treatment facilities applicable to most budgets. We can help you find budget-friendly, moderate, and even luxury rehab clinics throughout the UK.

4. Am I willing to travel for rehab?

In the event that we cannot help you find a rehab clinic in your local area that fits your budget, we should be able to find one elsewhere in the UK. The only question is whether you would be willing to travel to receive treatment. In addition, some clients prefer to travel in order to get away from current surroundings in the belief that doing so will help them better concentrate on getting well.

5. Are there any other special circumstances that would affect treatment?

From time to time, clients have special circumstances that affect how and where they receive treatment. For example, you may have a special diet you must adhere to. Perhaps you have a disability that must be accounted for. Maybe you have been given a dual diagnosis by your GP. These are all special considerations that need to be considered when choosing the best rehab facility.

These five questions are all things we will talk with you about when you call our 24-hour helpline. As previously stated, we go to great lengths to fully understand each client’s needs before recommending what we believe to be the best rehab facility. The more we can truly understand where you are coming from, the better equipped we are to match you with a clinic and treatment option.

Questions to Ask before Choosing a Rehab

We have looked at five questions you should ask yourself prior to beginning your search for the best rehab. Your questions do not stop there. There are also a series of questions you should be asking us or, if you’re looking for a rehab clinic on your own, each of the facilities you contact.

The answers to the following can be combined with the answers to the previous questions to help you make the best possible decision:

1. Is there a waiting period involved?

One of the downsides to NHS treatment is that programmes tend to be oversubscribed. Waiting lists are relatively common. On the other hand, waiting times for private rehab tend to be substantially shorter or non-existent altogether. A waiting period may be critical for you, so make sure you ask about it. If you are ready to start treatment within 24 to 48 hours, it makes no sense to work on admission to a clinic that cannot get you in for another week.

Along those same lines, we encourage you to consider scientific data that shows the importance of being admitted to a rehab clinic as quickly as possible following the decision to get help. Those who seek immediate admission are less likely to change their minds than those who delay. It is best to avoid clinics with waiting times if you can.

2. How comprehensive is treatment?

There is no single drug or alcohol rehab programme that every clinic in the UK uses. First of all, we are more likely to use bespoke treatment plans now. Second, private clinics are free to do things differently. What you need to know in this regard is how comprehensive the treatment is at any facility that interests you.

The best rehab facilities offer comprehensive treatment that includes three primary components: physical detox, psychotherapeutic treatments, and aftercare. Now, there may be different treatments offered within each of these three components, but all three components will be offered in a comprehensive treatment plan.

3. What is the client-to-staff ratio?

One of the primary benefits of private rehab as opposed to NHS treatment is its more personalised care. In other words, private rehab clinics have the ability to offer more personalised care because rehab is all they deal with. A good client-to-staff ratio is necessary to maximise this kind of care, so be sure to ask what the ratio is at any clinic you are thinking of enrolling in.

4. Is the clinic licenced and accredited?

Your search for the best rehab facility should include only those facilities that are both licenced and accredited. Licencing indicates that a rehab centre is in compliance with all government regulations covering everything from the quality of care to business operations. Accreditation signifies that a rehab centre meets or exceeds a certain set of standards set by recognised accrediting organisations.

5. Are staff members licenced and certified?

Together with licenced and accredited facilities are staff members who are also licenced and certified. Obviously, doctors, nurses, and therapists will have to be licenced in order to work at a private rehab clinic. It is also important that they are certified in the kinds of treatments they will be offering. Support staff may also need certification in certain areas.

6. How long do treatment programmes last?

It is important for you to know how long treatment programmes at various facilities last. This is essential information on many levels, beginning with the fact that you might need to make plans based on the length of stay. You might have to take time off from work, for example.

The length of treatment is also important inasmuch as data shows that duration of stay is related to the success of drug rehab. The longer a person participates in rehab, the greater his or her chances of maintaining abstinence once treatment is complete.

7. Are aftercare services offered?

The best private rehab clinics in the UK provide aftercare services at the conclusion of residential treatment. Aftercare services are another crucial factor in avoiding relapse within one year of the conclusion of formal treatment. In cases where private clinics do not offer aftercare, it would still be in the best interests of a recovering addict to seek out such services independently.

8. What are accommodations like?

The question of accommodations may seem a bit shallow to family members and friends, but experience has shown us just how important this question is. Why? Because patients in recovery may find it more difficult to focus on getting well if they are at a clinic they find uncomfortable. While personal comfort is never the goal of alcohol or drug rehab, it is better to seek out comfortable accommodations at clinics that already meet your other needs as well.

9. Are treatments and accommodations on the same campus?

Private rehab facilities in suburban and rural settings tend to offer both accommodations and treatment on the same campus. Sometimes they are all housed in the same building. In urban settings, it is not uncommon for treatments and accommodations to be in separate locations. In such cases, clients would be transported from the residential facility to the treatment facility on a daily basis. They would then be transported back to the residential facility at the end of the day.

10. Is there open, quiet space available?

Treatment facility owners strive to provide clients with facilities that include plenty of open, quiet space for personal reflection and introspection. They understand this is an important part of drug and alcohol recovery. Having said that, space constraints may not offer as much open space in one facility as compared to others. You might want to know how much space is available if you are the kind of person who appreciates the opportunity to move around while you are thinking and reflecting.

11. Are family visits allowed and encouraged?

Nearly every private rehab clinic in the UK allows family visits to one extent or the other. Be sure to ask not only if they are allowed at your facility of choice, but if they are also encouraged. The best rehab clinics encourage family visits due to the tremendous therapeutic benefits of these. Family visits also give clinic staff an opportunity to interact with partners and children. This can be beneficial to families as they struggle with her own difficulties while their loved one is receiving treatment.

12. How much does treatment cost, and how can I pay for it?

The question of cost is always a factor when searching for the best private rehab clinic. Some of the most budget-friendly clinics are very affordable for most budgets. Of course, there are also luxury rehab clinics on the other end of the spectrum along with plenty of moderate level options in between. Choosing a clinic which doesn’t stretch your budget is helpful when you want to find the best rehab for your needs.

In terms of payment, most private health insurance plans cover drug and alcohol treatment to some extent. The question is whether your chosen clinic accepts health insurance. Clinics are known to also accept debit and credit cards as well as cash payments. Do not be afraid to ask about any other payment methods you might be interested in.

In Summary

Finding the best rehab clinic is not like going to the shop and choosing fruits and vegetables. It’s a lot more complicated than that. Though you can try to find the best rehab facility by researching and making phone calls, we encourage you to contact us instead. We are experts in helping alcohol and drug users find appropriate rehab based on individual needs and circumstances.

The fact that you are now looking for professional help indicates that you are ready to begin participating in the treatments that will help you overcome. Do not delay. Remember, delaying treatment increases the likelihood that you will change your mind. Don’t take that risk. Instead, contact our 24-hour helpline. Let UKAT help you get on the road to recovery right away.

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