How to Choose a Treatment Center
What a Good Addiction Treatment Center Will Ask You
Once you know you’re talking to a representative at an addiction treatment center, it’s important that they assess your health and life circumstances. A reputable facility will establish things such as:
- The degree of your substance use disorder or compulsive behavior
- Whether you have physical health problems
- Any mental health issues
- If you have any legal issues
- Your situation regarding your employment
- Your family situation – whether you have family responsibilities or relationship issues
- Dietary needs
- Transportation needs
- Medication requirements
- Past treatments and/or detox history.
What to Ask an Addiction Treatment Center
Whether you’re visiting a facility or talking to a representative on the phone, ask questions like these:
- How long have you been in operation?
- How many people can receive treatment at any one time?
- What kind of services do you provide?
- Do you have a gym or fitness facility available for use?
- Are there activities available outside the treatment center (sightseeing, meetings, shopping, etc)?
- Are there reputable hospitals close by in case of emergency?
- Are there additional care services such as massage and salon?
- Are you licensed and accredited? It’s important that the addiction treatment center is licensed and accredited by an outside agency for providing addiction treatment so that its staff meet certain standards for care.
- What evidence-based treatments do you use? These are science-backed modalities used to treat substance-use disorders and include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness, motivational interviewing and 12 Step facilitation.
- What kind of psychotherapy is used?
- What detox medications are used to treat specific substance-use disorders?
- Will I have an individual treatment plan?
Don’t be afraid to let the treatment center know about your specific needs and ask how they would manage them.
Make sure the facility can meet your particular needs and that they have experience treating people whose age and life circumstances are similar to yours.
There is a wide range of treatment options for addiction. While you are considering these options and working out whether you need residential care, talk to your primary health-care provider such as your doctor to see if you need specialist treatment.
It’s important that you are able to make a well-informed decision. An addiction specialist will be able to recommend a program that matches your needs, or maybe you know someone who’s been through an addiction rehab and knows what to look for.
When Choosing a Rehab What Are Your Goals?
It’s important to choose a rehab facility that will help you achieve your goals. Before you decide which rehab is right for you, you need to understand what your treatment goals are.
There’s lots to consider when choosing an addiction treatment center. Nearby facilities can be more convenient, however, going to a treatment center far away could be highly advantageous.
The distance provided can provide a complete break for the addict from their former life, especially from toxic relationships, and routines where drinking and drug use are encouraged.
What is Addressed in a Treatment Center?
It takes courage to go to rehab. It may be your key to starting a program of recovery that will lead to a life free of substances or compulsive behaviors.
Your decision will be based on the severity of your problem as well as the underlying issues that trigger your substance use. These underlying issues are best handled with the help of professionals. You may have difficulty with mental or physical health, occupational issues or anxiety.
The following are indicators of addiction that will need to be addressed at a rehab center:
- Needing to use larger and larger doses to get the desired effect – i.e. tolerance
- If you stop using the substance, you feel the different symptoms of withdrawal typical for each type of drug
- Using the substance for longer than you intended
- You’ve tried and tried to stop but can’t
- You waste time either trying to get the substance or recover from its effects
- You miss out on important time with family or friends or miss work because of your substance use
- You keep using despite knowing you’ve got a problem.
Preparing for Admission into a Treatment Center
It’s important that you let friends and family know of your decision before you start the admission process to an addiction treatment center. By doing this you’ll be able to share your news before people you care about hear it through the grapevine.
However, it’s up to you to decide whether to tell them, or simply keep your privacy and explain that you’ll be away for a while.
By letting others know, you’ll be able to ask for help to watch your home, or assistance with your finances. Asking for help is a great way to keep people you care about involved in your big change, as they won’t necessarily be present throughout your rehabilitation.
Tie up any loose ends at home. Get everything ready for your absence by making sure that your finances and bills will be kept up to date. This includes utilities, rent, and loans. If necessary, alert your landlord or neighbors that you will be away for an extended time.
Also, find trustworthy care or boarding for any pets and plants that you have.
Communicate your intent to the rehab center of your choice. When you have made a decision on the facility you want to go to, contact the rehab and make arrangements for getting your treatment underway. Remember to discuss the date of arrival, rules about what you may or may not bring with you, and any remaining questions you might have about the duration of your stay, finances, and visitation once you’re there.
Find out if you can have visitors and how often the rehab permits its residents to contact their loved ones. Some centers will prefer that you do not contact people in your life during part or all of your initial stay so that you can be totally focused on the rehab program.
Accept the situation. Look within yourself and honestly ask why it is that you’re going to rehab. Make sure that you don’t waste your time and money by checking into a rehab program without being fully committed to recovery and ongoing sobriety. Outline on paper or mentally rehearse your goals for yourself. What do you hope to gain from treatment? Is there anything that you are not willing to do for your recovery?
Don’t get too worried if you feel very anxious and overwhelmed. These feelings are to be expected.
Try to acknowledge the anxiety that you feel, sit with it for a while, and then continue to move forward, knowing that it’s there and that there’s nothing wrong with that.
Invite change. Admission to a rehab in Thailand might seem challenging, so be prepared to open up to a different side of yourself, spiritually and emotionally, that you may not be very familiar with.
Admission to an addiction treatment center requires you put your heart into it and deeply desire the change it will bring, even if it means letting go of your old ways of dealing with life in a new way.
Expect that there will be stretches of time at the treatment center when you will feel sad or alone, and keep in mind that faith in your own healing will give you the positivity to overcome these feelings.
Remember to keep your expectations in check. While you’ve made a great decision to overhaul your life and kick your addiction, the rehabilitation process can be gradual and can often seem quite daunting.
Continuing Care After You Leave Treatment
We understand that when choosing a treatment center, it might be a stressful time. While you’re in treatment in Thailand, you don’t have to think about life after rehab. You will be in the safety and security of Miracles Asia where your every need is met.
Returning back to life at home can seem daunting. We know how it goes, and so Miracles Asia takes your continuing care very seriously. The treatment program doesn’t stop after you leave rehab.
Research shows that the longer the recovering person stays connected to a treatment programme, the better the outcome i.e. the longer he or she works alongside professional counsellors, therapists, recovery coaches etc, the better the chance of long-term recovery.
We at Miracles Asia take your treatment plan very seriously and want the best for you, so for that reason we know it’s important to stay in touch. You deserve the best chance at living your best life. Miracles Asia will help you achieve that.
Clients from all over the world, including Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, UK, USA and many other countries, have sought treatment for substance and behavioral addiction in our luxury rehab in Thailand.
We are so convinced that our program works that if you are able to spend three months with us and then suffer the pain of relapse within one year of leaving Miracles Asia, we’ll treat you for a month for free. That’s how much faith we have in our addiction treatment program at Miracles Asia.
If you or a loved one need help with addiction please call us.
“I felt accepted right away”
“I was worried when I came to Miracles about being accepted, however, I felt accepted right away and felt no sense of pretense or judgement. Residents ranged in age from their twenties to sixties and come from many different backgrounds. Kind and loving. I learnt so much about how to get out of my addiction – thanks Mark and the team.”
Brian living in Australia
“Miracles is a loving and very empathetic environment”
“Miracles is a loving and very empathetic environment and the staff are competent and genuinely caring. The program gave me the tools to stay sober and help them turn my life around. I would highly recommend Miracles Asia if you are serious about sobriety and recovery. This place changed and saved my life. Miracles Asia is the most amazing treatment center I have ever attended, and the last one I will ever attend.”
Shaun living in United Kingdom
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“I was very impressed with the level of care, medical and clinical, and the support staff at Miracles. All the staff, from the maids to the doctors, were empathetic and caring. They all were very sensitive to my individual needs. My problems were trauma and anxiety, which were treated alongside my addiction issues. Everyone was just amazing.”
Michael living in Hong Kong, from USA
“Thank you for saving me.”
“Changed my life and my family forever. Thank you for saving me.”
Paul living in New Zeland
“God Bless you”
“We dropped our son off at the airport to go to Phuket, hoping for the best. We live and work in Thailand so our options were limited to Thailand only and not many places were open at all. A family friend had told us about Miracles and we were so desperate we didn’t really have much to go on. Miracles Asia turned out to be a blessing for our son and our family. He returned to us two months later, back to the way he was, back to our beautiful son, we are so grateful and all this during COVID. Thank you Mark and the team and continuing to keep in touch with us. God Bless you.”
A grateful family living in Singapore