While drug abuse has skyrocketed, especially among the teens in our society, so too have the drug rehabilitation centres that deal with the aftermath of drug abuse. When we are faced with drug abuse in our family unit, we want to get the addict the best care available, so it is important to understand what to look for in a drug rehabilitation centre to ensure you are making an informed choice.

The first thing you need to understand about drug rehabilitation is that it is a lengthy process. You cannot put your son, daughter or spouse in a programme and expect them to be cured in two weeks. Generally programmes will run from two weeks to six months, but these programmes are only designed to get your loved one past the worst of the addictive phase. There is still a lot of work to be done once they have detoxed and moved past the initial addiction. You can expect that after an initial inpatient program that is designed to break all the triggers and peer pressure that is involved in the addiction, that your family member will generally spend many months in an outpatient programme. This is designed to help them learn coping methods that will help them resist the urge to re-enter the addiction cycle.

In addition, drug rehabilitation programmes will involve some sort of family counselling that will help the family learn to communicate properly and break any enabling behaviour that may be occurring. It is important that you choose a drug rehabilitation centre that has experience in working with the problem substances, and are experienced in the age group that your loved one falls in. A programme that is designed with teens in mind will be more effective in confronting and dealing with teen issues and peer pressure than a generic or adult programme. Group therapy will also be more effective if the group is matched to the person, allowing them to make connections and gain support with people they share something in common with. Do not be afraid to ask plenty of questions of the drug rehabilitation centre you are considering using. Ask what their programme centres on, what their general philosophy is, and how they go about teaching skills to their patients to ensure they do not go back to the substance they are addicted to.

Each person has different reasons for becoming addicted and so need different rehabilitation tools. The programme should offer an individualised element that can address your loved ones specific needs. This is one place where there is no such thing as one-size-fits-all. Finding the right drug rehabilitation centre for your child or spouse can take a lot of time, but it is time well spent. If they get the treatment they need it can change lives and help you all get your lives back to normal again. If you need a drug rehabilitation centre, then check out SHARP Treatment for more information on how we can help you get your loved one the help they need and their life back on track.