Whilst most residential rehab programs are ethical and seek to do the best for their guests, there are some unscrupulous operators out there. Before “signing on the dotted line” make sure you have considered the following points:
- Are they upfront about the cost and is it all inclusive? If not, get them to itemise all possible additional charges. If it’s all inclusive, get them to state that in writing.
- Does the program have any religious/spiritual affiliations? Will guests be expected to participate in religious/spiritual practices? If so, make sure that you are comfortable with these.
- What happens if I leave the program early? Do I get a refund? Do I get credit for remaining days or lose them?
- What accommodation is provided? Are rooms shared or private? If rooms are shared, then how many people per room and how are room mates selected and what can I do if I don’t like my room mate? Consider what you need to be comfortable for an extended stay.
- What are the qualifications of the staff involved? Particularly, those who provide training, counselling and group therapy sessions. Do they cover a wide range of disciplines, as necessary for holistic treatment?
- What are the details of the program on a daily basis? Are the days full (this is important) or is there a lot of free time? How often are sessions offered for group therapy, personal counselling, medical checkups?
- What is the approach that is used?
- How long is your program? Research shows that 90 day programs are at least twice as effective as shorter programs.