When you are in crises, when you know you have an addiction, you need the best help available if you want to become better.

Not all rehabilitation centers are created equal and depending on what your addiction is, there are different options for inpatient or outpatient treatments. You can see more detailed information here.


There are certain criteria a rehab center should have before you sign up to become a patient. Every rehabilitation center is different and has different goals for getting you and keeping you at sobriety.


You will need to decide what your goals are and if you are compatible with the path the center wants you to follow to get you healthy.

You have already made the first step in moving towards getting sober and healthier. You will need to decide what your short-term and long-term goals are. Yes, you want to be sober for a day, a week, a month, and for the rest of your life, but how are you going to get there?

If you have a dual diagnosis or several issues you want to work on, can this rehab center help you with all your needs? What are the methods the center uses to get you to your goals? If you do not agree with their methods, it is time to find a different center.

Treatment Professionals

When you are considering various treatment centers, you will want to talk to the professional you will be dealing with. Ask them questions before deciding if their facility is the one you want to be checked into.

  •         What are their policies on the first few days, which are the hardest?
  •         What type of medications is available to help deal with the detox?
  •         What about visitors?
  •         Are you allowed to leave the first few weeks?
  •         What type of activities do they offer when you have “downtime?”

Inpatient versus Outpatient

The two options everyone must decide between being inpatient and outpatient. Those who may have jobs that depend on them or family, they need to be there for, could choose outpatient treatment. This typically happens in the afternoon or evening and is more condensed and concentrated than the inpatient option.

If on the other hand, you are able to take the time to check yourself into a treatment facility and concentrate on getting better without interruptions, then becoming an inpatient is the best option for you.

While you are an inpatient, you will attend several therapy groups and one-on-one sessions with a therapist to help you work through your addiction. You will also be working on any underlying issues you might think are contributing to your need for substance abuse.

Other Healthy Techniques

No matter which treatment option you take, you will no doubt learn other techniques to help you cope with everyday issues that may be triggering. You will learn how to control your urges towards your drug of choice. You will also learn how to deal with different social situations in a way that is healthy and not hurtful towards yourself or others.