According to the NIDA or the National Institute on Drug Abuse, an estimated 24.6 million Americans required rehabilitation for alcohol and illicit drugs in 2013 alone. This shows an average of 1 million increase in number from the figures in 2006, which was only 23.6 million.

The estimate represents about 9.4 percent of the total American population from age 12 and above. Illicit drugs include cocaine, heroin, marijuana/hashish, inhalants, hallucinogens and prescription drugs (such as stimulants, pain relievers, sedatives and tranquilizers).

Chemical addiction can destroy lives very quickly while rehabilitation takes a lot of effort, time and support. This is why although the number of recovery homes can be overwhelming, it is important to make the right choice when looking for one.

The Decision Making Process

Drug rehabilitation facilities were built to help people overcome chemical addiction. For better and higher chances of recovery, it is important to choose the right one for you or your loved ones. Your choice will determine whether the rehabilitation efforts will only lead to a series of relapses or will be a success.

It is important to consider, however, that the patient has acknowledged his or her addiction; that he or she recognizes the need for professional help because it cannot be done alone. It is impossible to make any progress if the patient is still in denial. The patient must understand that by seeking treatment, he or she will say goodbye to at least one set of friends. It can be very helpful to have family and friends supporting you for a completely sober lifestyle.

Here are some tips:

  1. Involve a family member or a close friend that you trust when deciding which recovery home to choose.
  1. Make sure that the recovery center is accredited. Non-accredited centers may be capable but there’s a higher chance that you will receive more proper treatment from a one that is accredited. Check with the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations to know whether the recovery home you choose is accredited or not.
  1. Find a recovery home that offers multiple types of therapies for their patients. There are several you can choose from and you never know which one will best work for you.
  1. Ask about aftercare. “Aftercare” is done once a patient leaves a recovery home. It is important that patients are still cared for even after he or she has left a drug treatment facility. Reputable recovery homes will ensure continued care for patients even after their stay ends because the world offers the biggest challenge for anyone. Going back to familiar settings makes patients deal with customary pressures, so a follow up is vital.
  1. Visit the recovery home and get a feel of how things work within the facilities. If something doesn’t feel right, look for another one where you or your loved one will be more comfortable. Use your intuition.
  1. Consider the cost. The cost of stay in a recovery center depends on a number of factors such as the location, the kind of facilities and the type of program to undergo. There are luxury rehab centers that provide additional extra services of massage therapists, nannies, nutritionists and personal trainers. However, the cost of stay is considerably higher in luxury recovery centers ($25,000 to $80,000) than in standard ones ($10,000 to $20,000).

Most people can only afford standard rehabilitation. The focus in these standard recovery homes is to provide the most comfortable environment, but one that is focused mainly on drug rehabilitation. These centers are often not luxurious but they have good facilities such as a gym and a pool.

Those who cannot afford it can opt for other options such as local social services. Some recovery homes offer low-cost recovery programs. Sometimes, they are even offered for free by charities, non-profit organizations and church groups.

A rehabilitation home or recovery home is advisable for those who find it difficult to stay sober. Severe cases of chemical addiction are particularly difficult to deal with. The best type of sobriety support is one that helps you become self-sufficient. Remember that staying sober for a while does not mean that you will live sober for the rest of your life.