The Power of Acceptance: Embracing Change for a Brighter Future
Are you or someone you love considering entering a rehab for addiction to alcohol, nicotine or other drugs? If you or someone close to you is suffering from a drug or behavioural or mental health issue like depression or anxiety, understand that untreated, things will probably get worse. Addiction is not a disease that can be treated in isolation. Addiction recovery rehabilitation is the best bet for healing and health. So, you have decided to get professional treatment, now what? Researching rehabs is often at the top of the list.
How do I find the right treatment facility?
There are many factors to consider when researching rehabs to find the best, affordable, alcohol treatment, nicotine or other drug addiction rehab facility. We'll examine a few.
One of the biggest concerns you may face is affordability. While researching alcohol treatment and drug rehabs, you ask if you can even afford to enter addiction treatment rehab? The bigger question may be, 'can you afford not to?' The alternative could be a much higher price than the cost of treating the addiction with rehab. Active addiction always commands an exorbitant, increasing price. If you suffer from an addiction or chemical dependency to alcohol, drugs or gambling, there will come a day when you drain all your bank accounts, max out your credit cards and perhaps finally resort to pawning things in your home.
My daughter, during her active addiction, stole and pawned some very expensive, family heirloom jewelry from my home. Today, I am more grateful for her recovery and her life than I am sad about the loss of Grandmother’s pearls. The theft of the jewelry opened our eyes to the rapacious nature of her disease, and her need for good rehabilitation. ~ Caroline J.
Health insurance will sometimes cover time in a rehab facility, but then the insurance company calls the shots. Usually 28 days is all that is covered, and the actual center they chose for you may not be the best for your needs. Often lower cost rehabs in the United States are filled with people from the justice system. The judge may give people the choice between rehab or jail. Although some people may choose rehab over incarceration, it does not mean they are serious about recovery. People like this can easily sabotage the integrity of the treatment, poisoning the atmosphere of trust and safety.
The costs in North America can range from $30,000 for a mid-level treatment center to $60 to 80+ k for a luxury facility, for the minimum 28 or 30 day program. Choosing a center that is out of country can dramatically reduce the out of pocket costs. An affordable private pay rehab facility may give you more control over the type and quality of treatment you choose for yourself.
When researching private pay rehabs versus larger institutional centers covered by insurance, examining the investment costs for recovery, remember addiction is a disease. If you or your loved one had a treatable cancer, how long would you hesitate to find the funds needed for survival? Addiction, like cancer, is a progressive, and usually, fatal disease. Addiction, like cancer, should be treated as soon as possible, as aggressively as possible, and by the experts.
According to Dr. Deni Carise, Chief Clinical Officer for Recovery Centers of America, there are various types of treatments available. Detox, residential treatments, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient programs, sober living, and counseling, to name a few.
Counseling usually works best in conjunction with another treatment. The treatment center should be considered a place of safety. While there you’ll be away from family, bosses, or any persons who place unrealistic demands on you. Instead, you’ll receive care and support from the staff. ~Dr. Deni Carise
Choosing an out of country rehab, you won’t have to worry about running into people you know, or worse yet, a drug dealer or someone to whom you may owe money. You’ll be in a private rehab with people who care about you, your safety and your success. While you are researching rehabs, consider who your roommates might be.
Large drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers house may treat hundreds of patients at any one time. Individual needs could go untreated and a quieter person may be lost in the mix. There is no time for tailored programs when the rehab has a revolving door with hundreds of clients per month. What is the staff to client ratio of the rehab you are exploring? How much individual time will you get? How well will your counselor get to know you?
Outdoor and recreational activities can an important factor in deciding your best treatment program. The best facilities should offer a varied form of activities. Going to the local YMCA or community center once a week for basketball or swimming may be offered by some rehabs, whereas other facilities, like those in Panama, may offer world-class hiking, bird-watching, horseback riding, zip lining , coffee plantation tours, whale watching, hot springs and petro glyph tours.
Drug rehab is no vacation, that is for sure, but you can experience vacation type activities at a fraction of North American rehab prices. When researching rehabs it is important to see what the program has in store for your body and spirit during 'free-time'. Check that it is a fully integrated holistic program addressing all aspects of body, mind, and spirit.
Staffing in a rehab plays a huge role in the quality of treatment you’ll receive. It begins with the management team of the staff. Who is at the helm of your treatment center? Is it the shareholders? The insurance company? Board of directors reporting to the Chief Financial Officer? Find out what the bottom line is for the treatment facility you choose. What is their motive and passion? In a retirement community like Boquete, Panama, home of Serenity Vista Addiction Recovery Rehab in beautiful Panama, there is a plethora of semi-retired professionals, offering their great experiential skill to recovering addicts for the sheer joy of sharing the message of hope and recovery.
The Executive Director, John Derry is an empathetic, intuitive and skilled therapist, executing his vision of a holistic, resort like, family style, yet highly professional facility. Graduate level trained at Hazelden, Derry uses the Minnesota model, along with the 12 Steps, tried and true recovery modalities, as well as individualized programs for each guest.
Rehab is for discovery, the 12 Step programs are for recovery. Rehabs are just the first step of a day at a time, life-time program.
After examination at the investment costs, what type of rehab, and the best location, the staff, the programs, and activities, you have one more important question. Are you or the loved one ready for treatment? If not, it won’t matter one bit what the facilities offer. If the answer is yes, you already have the greatest asset in your recovery facility – your own willingness to participate in body, mind and spirit. Your own openmindedness and honesty in your recovery, combined with highly skilled professionals, and excellent program and the fresh mountain air of Panama is an unbeatable package.
An oasis of peace of recovery.Travelling to Panama can offer tremendous advantages for the discerning person looking for affordable, private, holistic, highly individualized treatment in a beautiful, get away destination that is safe, exotic, and healing.
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