What to Ask a Drug and Alcohol Rehab Before You Go
Deciding to go to rehab is a big deal. It takes a tremendous amount of courage, strength and determination to make this choice, and if you’re reading this because you’re ready to go, you should feel proud of yourself. Take a minute or two to breathe in and say to yourself “I’m ready and I can do this”.
Now that you’ve done so, choosing a treatment center for drugs and alcohol can be another challenge in itself. There are hundreds, even thousands of private rehabs all over the globe. Each has its uniqueness and differences. Before you choose a facility, it’s a good idea to read through their website and give them a call to find out more information. If calling is not available to you, emailing would be the next best solution. In any case, you’ll want to have a few questions in mind so you get an idea of what type of rehab it is, and what you can expect to get out of it. Below, we’ve given some of the basic questions to ask, as well as, Serenity Koh Samui Rehabs’ own answers.
1. Are you a private or public?
This should be firmly stated on a rehab website because the difference in the two is vast. If you are unable to find it within the sites’ text, be sure to confirm whether or not it is a public or private rehab on the phone.
Serenity Koh Samui Rehab is a private addiction center in Thailand. Anonymity and privacy is respected to its fullest and there is no sharing of records with anyone outside of the rehab including government agencies.
2. What is the staff to patient ratio at the rehab?
Some rehabs will accept far too many clients for the number of staff they have on site at any given time. This can lead to less attention and care being given; therefore, the overall recovery process is hindered. A staff to patient ratio of 3 to 1 or less is ideal; the less the better.
Our rehab in Thailand values the recovery of each and every person and so we have a 1 to 1 staff to patient ratio to ensure every person receives adequate care and support.
3. Who has developed the treatment plan?
While you may not be able to find out a direct name of a person who created the program, you don’t want it to be pulled from another website or out of a book. Treatment programs should be well thought out and consider the needs of the average addict. Moreover, they should be able to customize or tailor the program as is required.
In Thailand, rehab centers such as Serenity Koh Samui will be able to modify a drug and alcohol treatment program whenever necessary as long as it does not conflict or interfere with other guests of the program.
4. How much therapy is involved?
Any rehab treatment program should provide an adequate amount of therapy into their program. Every facility may have its own special alternative therapies as well as an assortment of traditional methods. That said there should be enough therapy (traditional and alternative) to keep the individual occupied and busy. As a rule, there should be more therapy, learning, meetings and discussions than there is free time.
In Thailand, private rehabs like ours incorporate an eclectic range of therapies. While there are small allotments in the day considered to be free time, the individual’s time will primarily be spent at a therapeutic session, meeting or other designed activity.
5. Can clients leave the rehab without any supervision?
The first 30 to 90 days of recovery will be the most intense. Letting a newly sober person leave the center without supervision could be detrimental to their treatment, or even dangerous.
Serenity Koh Samui Rehab does not allow anyone to leave the primary facility without being supervised. This is to prevent a relapse or cause a destructive situation to occur, in secondary clients are allowed to leave providing they are accompanied by a staff or peer member.
6. Is there an aftercare facility or sober living house available?
In many instances, a recovering addict will benefit from attending a sober living house after they have completed the rehab program. This acts as a midway point between rehab and home. It offers a safe, secure and sober environment, but will involve more accountability, responsibility and organization. It’s a great recovery tool in itself and should be considered before immersing yourself back into your normal environment.
Our treatment center in Thailand offers a sober living house which is situation directly next door to the rehab. It is comfortable quarters which have staff members on site 24/7 to ensure all sober living residents are being mindful of their recovery.
8. What is the approach to nutrition?
Substance abuse affects not only the mind, but also the body in many ways. The immune system, organ function and metabolism are likely to be weak and in a poor state of health once a person arrives at the rehab. An addiction recovery program should include some sort of nutritional support to start rebuilding cells and bacteria while repairing damage that has been done.
Our drug and alcohol treatment center includes healthy, fresh meals with locally sourced produce. We encourage patients to eat more fruits rather than candies for a source of sugar. The fructose will provide valuable fiber to aid in the repair of the digestive system and increase the person’s daily energy. Vegetables, leafy greens, farm raised animals and fresh spices rich in antioxidants are used in the daily meals. This ensures you will begin to feel healthier and better about yourself.
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There are a number of other, more personal questions that you could and should as a rehab. Before reaching out for assistance, make a list of things you would like to discuss. Remember, you can always look at the rehabs’ blog to see if your answer can be found there.
If you think we’ve missed something and would like to know more about our drug and alcohol treatment programs in Thailand, please contact us today.