How to Find the Best Addiction Treatment Facility?
When it comes to evaluate various types of addiction treatment facilities, the needs of every person can be different. Apart from the length of any treatment program in weeks or months, a strong support system and follow up plan are also very essential to the recovery of an individual. It is the highlight of a quality treatment program that it not only caters the issue of drug abuse but also the emotional problems and life challenges that are involved in addiction. But the crucial step is to find a quality addiction treatment facility for oneself or for your loved ones. Since, it is about the mental and physical health of the patient, an extensive research is required in order to decide which addiction treatment facility is best for an individual and completely serves its purpose. That research may involve internet browsing, searching through media advertisements, or asking from the informed people around. Few aspects need to be addressed in order to choose the best rehabilitation centre such as the reputation and credentials of the institute, issues of authorization, the qualification and experience of the staff members including the professionals and assistant staff, security and in-patient care facilities, and also the counseling programs and treatment strategies that are used in the institute for the rehabilitation of the patients.
Ms. Amna Nawaz currently works as a clinical psychologist at Willing Ways, Lahore. She has done MS in clinical psychology and B.Sc (Hons.) from GC University, Lahore. Heath counseling, addiction counseling, subjective well-being and intellectual disability are her areas of interest as well as her educational expertise.Earlier, she has also supervised trainee child psychologists working in a special education institute being run by the Government of Punjab.
Editor: Ms. Shumaila Batool
There are several factors that should be considered before choosing the right addiction treatment centre. However, some key points should be considered as highly essential elements. One of the crucial key points involve that the treatment facility must follow the counseling program which is based on the disease model. The disease model of addiction entails that the patient of drug addiction is treated with major emphasis on his education regarding addiction as a disease, the nature of addiction, dynamics of addiction, and what safety measures should be adopted in order to prevent relapse in future including cravings management, stress management, emotional regulation, personal development and lifestyle management.
It is also an important point to be noted that the treatment facility should focus on the treatment program which works on attaining measurable goals. The measurable goals include the targets of letting the patient learn about the nature of addictive disease and helping him in breaking his denial and accepting that he is suffering from an addictive disease. Once the patient reaches the point of realization, he should be provided with in-depth guidance regarding the management strategies and methods for his disease. The patient should be encouraged to take the responsibility for the treatment and management of his disease. He should be taught how he can make the possible use of his personal strengths and social support for his recovery. Moreover, the patient should be instructed to clearly identify the warning signs of relapse, and should also be equipped with skills to overcome or decrease the risk of relapse. Holistically speaking, the overall agenda of an effective treatment program is to educate the patient regarding his disease and management strategies. This agenda is achieved by conveying the knowledge of the disease to the patient and also to the people around him.