Choosing a Drug Treatment Center

Choosing A Drug Treatment Center
GateHouse Drug Treatment Centers

Every addict or alcoholic looking for drug treatment centers has a unique set of needs that need to be met in order to receive the best possible treatment. Just like buying a car, you make an informed decision because it is an important event in your life. Here at GateHouse Treatment, we understand this important decision.

Addiction is a life or death matter. Where you choose to get treatment at drug treatment centers, it is an extremely important decision you should make only once thoroughly informed about your choices.

What factors should you consider when choosing a drug treatment center? Here is a list of important considerations to make when choosing a drug treatment center.

10 Factors to consider when choosing a drug treatment center:

  1. What is Your First Impression of the Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center? 

Has anyone ever told you to “trust your gut?” When you first contact the facility you are considering, did someone pick up the phone? Did they sound compassionate and caring about you as an individual?

The GateHouse Treatment admissions team is available to you 24/7. Someone will always pick up the phone and assist you with any questions you may have. Our admissions specialists care about every single person that reaches out. They will spend time with you addressing any concerns or doubts you may have.

If we are unable to have you as a client at GateHouse Treatment, our admissions team will give you all the resources you need for alternative options when choosing a drug treatment center. Contact GateHouse at (855) 448-3588.

  1. Licensing and Accreditation of the Addiction Treatment Center

Is the facility you are considering accredited by the state? Did it pass audits and receive commendation from organizations that govern the drug treatment center industry? These are some of the most crucial factors to consider. You never want to go to a drug addiction treatment center that is not “official.”

At GateHouse Treatment, we are accredited by the Joint Commission. This accreditation is an external evaluation that provides expert and unbiased evidence of the quality of treatment services offered by our facility. Our Joint Commission accreditation shows our ongoing commitment to delivering the highest quality services in the industry.

All of our expert clinicians are highly certified and licensed in their fields. GateHouse Treatment sets the bar high with our clinical care available to our clients. When in a drug treatment center, most of your treatment comes from the clinicians during one-on-one counseling or group therapy sessions. You want to make sure the facility you are considering has a good staff of clinicians on board.

  1. What is the Cost of  The Addiction Treatment Center

While it’s difficult to put a price on yourself or a loved one’s life, considering your financial obligation when looking at treatment is a very real concern for many. Oftentimes, your medical health insurance will cover a good portion, if not all of your drug treatment costs. You will want to call the drug treatment centers you are considering and have them verify your insurance to see if it is accepted.

If you do not have health insurance, there will be private pay options. If you or your family have some resources to pay for your treatment, ask questions about how much treatment costs per month.

At GateHouse Treatment, we believe in helping every suffering addict or alcoholic that reaches out to us. Our admissions team will first verify your insurance or work with you on private pay options, and if we are unable to help you at the moment, we will make sure you are placed in another trusted facility.

  1. Location of Addiction Treatment Center

While you will be spending the majority of your time in treatment, counseling, and inside the facility, many treatment centers do offer weekend excursions and nightly outside fellowship meetings. There are many questions to ask when considering where you would like to be located for treatment.

  • Do you want to stay local to your home, or try something completely new and make a geographical change?

Moving away from your current location can be greatly beneficial to your treatment process. It minimizes familiar trigger exposures, and an opportunity to change “people, places, and things.”

  • What is the weather like?

Do you want to be in a warm environment? Do you like winter? Seasonal depression is a reality for many addicts. GateHouse Treatment a location: Nashua, New Hampshire

  • Do you want to be in the suburbs or a city setting? 

Our New Hampshire location is in beautiful Nashua, a historical city with the New England feel to it. It was named “Best Place to Live In America” by Money Magazine, twice.

Weekend excursions are offered in some facilities to show clients they can have fun while in sobriety. In  GateHouse Treatment, we have exciting activities planned for the clients to enjoy.

  1. Available Addiction Treatment Modalities

You want to look into the clinical side of treatment at the drug addiction treatment center you are looking at. This is the main reason you are going into treatment, and where you will find the most help in your emotional and spiritual healing.

While most facilities offer group therapy to promote peer support and one-on-one counseling with your therapist, you might have special therapy needs that you are looking for help with when entering a drug and alcohol rehab.

Have you been considering exploring options with Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT)? GateHouse Treatment offers education and access to medical professionals who use Vivitrol (extended-release naltrexone), an anti-craving medication, to help their clients combat those overwhelming cravings during early recovery.

There are many addicts who come in with past trauma that is affecting their present behaviors and emotions. GateHouse offers different trauma treatments such as EMDR therapy, and Psychodrama therapy to help our clients process and overcome their past in order to start living their best life in recovery.

  1. Types of Substance Abuse Treatment Programs

There are many different levels of care and phases in treatment, and you should research them all to try and figure out which one is best for you. If you are not sure, that’s absolutely alright too. Our admissions team along with our expert clinicians performs an evaluation with every person that calls us and suggests the treatment program track we think is going to be most beneficial to them.

Sometimes there are certain life situations or responsibilities such as a job or family that keep a client from being able to leave and admit into a fully residential program. GateHouse Treatment offers night programs as well as outpatient programs that work with your standing commitments and responsibilities, yet still, allow you to get the help you need.

  1. Quality of Client Care

You might be asking- “what is client care?” Client Care services are a very important part of every client’s treatment process at a drug treatment center. You might hear Client Care be referred too as “Case Management.” Many of our clients coming into GateHouse Treatment come in with pending legal issues or concerns about their financial stability. Our excellent Client Care team meets with every client that walks through our doors and assess what help they need to handle problems they might be facing as a result of their use.

For more information about Case Management Services, check out our GateHouse Treatment page on Why Case Management is Important in the Treatment Process.

  1. Alumni Reviews

An alumnus of the drug treatment center, you are considering someone who has been exactly where you are now. Once a struggling addict, looking for treatment centers, and alumni has been through the process and came out on the other side, living a clean and sober life. They will be some of the most accurate reviews of the facility you are considering.

GateHouse Treatment has an extensive Alumni network you can connect with. You can also check out unaltered reviews from real people who are in recovery and have been through GateHouse Treatment as clients, on our Facebook page – GateHouse Treatment of New Hampshire

  1. Photos

“A picture speaks a thousand words.”  If you are unable to visit the facility and residences in person, you want to check out if the facility you are considering has a website, inclusive of photos of their program.

Look through these and decide if you will be comfortable living and recovering in the facility. Some questions to ask yourself-

  • “Does it feel homey?”
  • “Does it look clean?”
  • “Is it spacious?”

Check out photos of our GateHouse Treatment residences and group rooms to see where you will be if you decide we can best serve your needs.

  1. Other Special Needs

Every addict that needs help overcoming their addiction, has their own set of needs. These can be anything from medical conditions that need proper medical care, special dietary restrictions, or any extenuating circumstances in your life that need to be considered by the treatment facility.

During your initial FREE evaluation, our GateHouse Treatment Admissions Team will complete a comprehensive assessment with anyone interested in joining the GateHouse family. Be sure to mention any special needs you might have, and the GateHouse team will do the best they can to ensure you are comfortable and confident in your decision to choose GateHouse Treatment drug and alcohol rehab.

Ask questions. Make an informed decision. This is your life. Don’t wait to experience recovery and all the promises of a better life. We are here to help in any way and answer any questions you may have.

GateHouse Treatment is where sobriety becomes a way of life. Contact us at (855) 448-3588 and get the help you need today.

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