If you or a loved one suffers from a substance abuse disorder, it’s essential that you seek treatment as soon as possible. Alcohol and drug abuse is a deadly form of mental illness that is often worsened by the presence of other forms of mental illness.
Unfortunately, people die from substance abuse disorders every day, and seeking treatment will help you avoid becoming another statistic. When choosing the best rehabilitation for you or your loved one, it’s important to consider the following:
- The cost
- If your insurance will cover some or all expenses
- The daily regimen and activities at the rehab center
- Whether you or your loved one would be best suited for in-patient or out-patient care
- Whether or not the facility can treat other forms of mental illness alongside substance abuse
- Substance abuse treatment options at the rehab center
It can be incredibly challenging to watch a loved one suffer from a substance abuse disorder. A common question that people have is, “Can you make someone go to rehab?” but the answer isn’t always cut and dry. Whether or not you can force someone to get treatment at a rehabilitation facility will depend on your local and state laws and regulations. In some cases, close family members may be able to force an addict into treatment.
However, there are other ways that you can get a person to seek treatment at a rehab center, even if they do not want to go. For example, the Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) approach uses communication, positive reinforcement, and negative consequences to convince loved ones to seek help.
Once you or a loved one enters into treatment, you may or may not be allowed to leave the facility early. For example, suppose you are required to go to rehab by a court order or state and local regulations. In that case, you may not be able to leave a rehab center unless you have obtained a doctor’s approval or you have completed the treatment program. However, if you are at the rehab center voluntarily, you may be allowed to leave should you choose to.
Finding treatment centers is easier than you might think. If your insurance provides benefits for rehabilitation services, you can contact your insurance provider to learn about the treatment facilities in your area that the insurer provides coverage to. Alternatively, you can use online locator tools, such as through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) website.