It can be a difficult time when you are watching a loved one struggle with addiction, and now must search for a drug rehab center. This may not always be the easiest process, but there are some things you should consider asking the facility when you make contact. These types of questions can be asked while speaking with private of government-funded drug rehab programs. The questions can help you determine the choice you are going to make, considering the amount of research you may be doing into various treatment programs available. These are some of the questions you should be asking, when you are looking for drug rehabilitation.

What kind of results should I expect from rehabilitation?

Because there are so many different types of drug treatment methodologies, this can be a good question to start with, because you can compare what each program may have stated. The results will tend to vary, and most programs should tell you that it will depend on how the willingness of the client progresses. An addict does not have to be 100% willing to go through treatment, but once they start to see positive outcomes; their willingness will change. The results of any drug rehab program should be a combined effort of the people working at the center, the treatment methods used, and the willingness of the client. Drug rehab programs should provide you with factual result based information about their therapy approach can help your loved one.

What treatment methods are used to help the addict, and does this include life-skills training?

As someone who has perhaps researched the various treatment methodologies used to help treat addiction, you may be familiar with some or many that are used. You may have already decided about what you would like, but want to ensure the rehabilitation program you are considering provides this, along with life-skills training. This component of treatment is essential, to help an addict transition back to society, because it can be easy to slip up and fall back into old habits again. You should be asking the rehab program how they incorporate life-skills training.
 
Is this a short-term or long-term program, and is detox involved?

Because you have spent the time to look through their website, you may have a general idea about the length of programs provided. However, when speaking to the program, you should clarify what is defined as short-term and long-term, for example, how many days or months for each. Along with this, the website may have mentioned something about detox, and you may also want to clarify if detox is provided on-site or is done at a separate location. Detox or an observational period is always required prior to any therapy or counseling taking place.
 
Does the drug rehabilitation process substitute one drug for another drug?

Ideally, you may want your loved one completely drug free. It is not uncommon for some drug rehab programs to incorporate the use of medications. If this is a concern, you may want to clarify what is used, if any, or if they have any policies for medication management. Drug rehabilitation is not an easy process, and detox can be one of the more difficult times to go through. More medication may not be the solution you are looking for, but the rehab center should easily clarify if this is something they do.
 

Is there a nutritional component incorporated into the program?

This may not always be a question that many people think to ask. There does tend to be an assumption that healthy food is provided. However, nutritional therapy may not always be part of the treatment program, but if this is something, you want; you should be asking about it, if it does not mention anything on the website during your initial research.
 
What are the qualifications/accreditation of the staff and facility, and what is the staff to client ratio?

Typically, you will come across most of this information on the website during your initial research. But when you are looking at this, perhaps jotting down some questions, or noting things, you may want to ask surrounding this topic. Most drug rehab centers will provide this information and have it readily available.
 
This can often be a stressful time, there may be some time constraints when searching for treatment. Considering the amount of research, you may have done already, these can be some more questions you may want to consider asking. It is always important to find the right type of help, and ensure it will be a suitable drug rehab program for your loved one.

Author's Bio: 

Helping others has been in Susan’s DNA since she was a young girl. Growing up in a small town in Newfoundland, Canada, she became interested in working with the elderly and making their last years comfortable. Susan worked for more than 20 years in this field. In 2003, she was invited by a friend to apply at a renowned drug rehabilitation center in the province of Quebec. Susan signed up for and got her diploma as a Drug & Alcohol Treatment Specialist and has since set up an On-Line Counseling Service, www.DrugAddiction.ca, for those who cannot attend a residential treatment center. For the last five years Susan has also worked as a Drug and Alcohol Addiction Referral Counselor and is still helping countless families find suitable facilities.