Dual Diagnosis Drug Rehab

Choosing the right dual diagnosis drug rehab program for yourself or a loved one is a critically important decision.  Unfortunately, most don’t know what to look for or how to assess the quality of a dual diagnosis drug rehab.  Not all drug rehab centers are the same or even similar, in many instances.  Indeed, traditional rehab centers differ greatly in terms of program options, quality and number of staff, credentials, cost and effectiveness.  This is all the more true for dual diagnosis drug rehab program, which are sub-specialty programs.
When investigating a dual diagnosis drug rehab, one must ask the right questions and receive the appropriate, clear answers to those questions, in order to have the confidence in the program’s ability to provide the necessary services.
The following represents a few important questions to ask regarding dual diagnosis drug rehab programs, as well as traditional rehab facilities, including prescription drug abuse programs:
Does the drug rehab center offer a variety of treatment options?
Addiction to alcohol and drugs is a disease.  As such, it progresses through predictable stages. Only highly trained and experienced health care professionals, preferably directed by a physician who specializes in addiction medicine, can accurately diagnose issues and prescribe the most effective and most appropriate treatment for those issues.  The complexity of assessment and diagnosis increases, significantly, when dealing with dual disorders.
A quality dual diagnosis drug rehab center will offer a variety of addiction treatment programs tailored to meet the needs of each individual patient.  Such programs might include inpatient care (hospital or institutional based programs), residential care, partial-hospitalization/Intensive Outpatient care, transitional care, and outpatient care and/or short-stay treatment options.
The difference between Inpatient drug rehab and/or Inpatient dual diagnosis drug rehab and Residential drug rehab is that inpatient addiction treatment is provided in a licensed hospital setting.  Residential drug treatment programs are not required to meet that standard of care (I.e. physician on staff at all times, nursing staff around the clock, etc.).  However, that level of care most often not required for dual diagnosis rehab and/or traditional rehab treatment.
How much does drug rehab treatment cost?
“How much will it cost?” is often one the first question dual diagnosis drug rehab and traditional drug addiction treatment centers are asked.
The answer to this question might come back in a number of different options. One must establish and clearly confirm what is included in the price of services quoted. What will the treatment center add on to the cost as ‘fee-for-services’ as treatment progresses? What services does one’s health insurance cover, if any, etc.? It can be extremely confusing to compare prices among programs, unless the answer is clearly defined and outlined.
The price of treatment is most meaningful when taken in the context of the quality and performance of the rehab center.
How much family involvement and therapy is provided in the drug rehab program?
Drug abuse and alcohol addiction affects the whole family and not just the addict. Often, family members don’t realize how deeply affected they have been by their loved one’s chemical dependency. Family involvement is a crucial component of successful recovery.
Dual diagnosis drug rehab and traditional drug addiction treatment centers vary greatly in both the degree and quality of the family involvement opportunities they offer their clients.  Most programs provide little more than a few lectures and possibly some education for families/loved ones of the addict.  Premium programs provide fully-integrated family therapy as part of the addict’s treatment, in addition to the education component.
Does treatment include a quality continuing-care program?
Unfortunately, there is no quick and enduring ‘fix’ for addiction. True recovery is a gradual, ongoing, life-long effort and process. The skills and tools an addict learns during his/her intensive treatment period must be integrated into their everyday life, in order to ensure success.  Some dual diagnosis drug rehab treatment programs only offer a minimal follow-up program, which typically consists of a phone call now and again.  Others offer intensive follow-up programs, which include monitoring, outpatient services, drug testing, and more.
A dual diagnosis drug rehab treatment program must include a comprehensive continuing-care program to support and monitor the addict’s recovery to insure the highest degree of success and minimize relapse.


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