How to Find the Right Addiction Recovery Program for You

Choosing the Right Rehab

How to Find the Right Addiction Recovery Program for You

Before selecting a rehab program, seek help from a qualified clinician who specializes in addiction and can help you identify your needs. To find a clinician who can advise you, click here.

Rehab programs differ by where care is given, how long treatment lasts, and how intensive and structured the program is. The health care provider who assesses your condition can help you choose the treatment setting that will meet your specific needs.

  • Outpatient treatment. Patients live at home and go to a clinic or facility regularly for sessions with addiction treatment professionals.
  • Inpatient treatment. Patients stay in a hospital and receive intensive and highly structured care for addiction and other severe medical problems.
  • Residential treatment. Patients stay in a nonhospital setting and receive intensive and highly structured care for addiction and other medical problems.
  • Recovery housing. Patients live in supervised, temporary housing and can participate in treatment programs.

After identifying the best treatment setting for you, you will want to narrow down which program best meets your needs. Ask the staff of each program you are considering to provide the following information.

Treatment approach

Find out if the program provides a wide range of effective treatment methods. Rehab programs that offer only one or two therapy types may not be able to customize care to your specific needs.

In addition, a program that offers a variety of evidence-based therapies — therapies that have proven to be effective in practice and scientific studies — may be able to meet your changing needs as you continue in your recovery.

If you are experiencing mental health challenges, it’s also important to find a program that can provide treatment for those specific conditions. Mental health challenges can contribute to substance misuse problems, and vice versa.  ​

Ask these questions:

  • What types of treatment therapies are offered?
  • Can the program offer medication?
  • Are staff members qualified to treat both mental health issues and addiction?
  • Is treatment tailored for each patient?
  • What will I have to do during rehab?
  • What can and should my family do while I’m in treatment?
  • Can you provide patient rights and responsibilities in writing?

Measuring effectiveness

To help you compare rehab programs, get a sense of whether and how the program tracks its patients’ progress and recovery. Ask:

  • How do you measure patient progress?
  • How do you determine if treatment has been effective?
  • Can you provide data on your patients’ long-term recovery?

Handling relapse

Just as in the treatment of other medical conditions, relapse is common and can be part of the recovery process. It’s important to understand how the program responds if a participant begins using drugs or alcohol again. Ask:

  • What happens if a patient relapses during rehab?
  • Does the program dismiss relapsed patients?
  • Are there program staff members who are qualified to treat patients who have relapsed?

Patient and family expectations

Understand your rights and responsibilities and what will be expected of you and your family during treatment. Ask:

  • What will I have to do during rehab?
  • What can and should my family do while I’m in treatment?
  • Can you provide patient rights and responsibilities in writing?

It’s important to know that some programs offer features that are not proven to effectively treat addiction. Review the quality care checklist below from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse with your qualified addiction professional to determine if the rehab program you are considering meets the following basic standards:

  • Care is overseen by one or more physicians with specialized training and experience in treating substance use disorders.
  • A range of effective treatments are available, not just one.
  • There are plenty of effective treatment sessions offered for at least three hours each week.
  • An addiction medicine physician or addiction psychiatrist is on staff full time.
  • Treatment is available for other medical conditions you may have.
  • Continuing care and support after treatment are provided.
  • Patients are not automatically kicked the program if they relapse.
  • The program is licensed or accredited.

These credentials show that the program meets standards set by a state, if it has licensing standards, or a professional organization. However, licensing and accreditation don’t necessarily mean the program offers effective treatments. So it’s important to also look for other indicators of quality.

Ultimately, the question isn’t “What’s the best rehab?” but rather, “What’s the best rehab for me?” Work with a qualified clinician to use the guidance here to make the right treatment choice for you and start your recovery today.


Finding the Right Addiction Treatment Program

How to Find the Right Addiction Recovery Program for You

Admitting you have an addiction is hard to do. But it’s the first step in getting help for your problem. The next step is getting help through treatment.

The purpose of addiction treatment is to help yourself or another person:

  • Stop the addiction.
  • Keep the addiction stopped.
  • Be productive at home, at work, and in society.

Path to improved health

There are several types of addiction treatment available. These are some of the most common.


This is the most intensive type of treatment. It’s for people with severe addiction issues. For this type of care, you live at a specialized facility for an extended period of time. The amount of time depends on the facility and the type of treatment you need.

Some people may stay a few days at a hospital’s in-patient addiction recovery unit. Others may stay at an out-of-town facility for 30 days or more. Some private facilities offer programs that last 6 months or longer.

The most common programs typically last 30 days. These programs are good for people who have trouble staying addiction free on their own. They provide more structure and guidance.

An inpatient program gives you a safe place to stay while you focus on yourself. While living there, you may attend individual therapy, group therapy, and classes. These teach you about addiction.

They help you learn to live without your addiction.

Intensive Outpatient

An intensive outpatient (IOP) program provides the same therapy and education as inpatient treatment. But you stay at your own home for the duration of treatment.

You take part in a program that lasts several hours a day. Some programs run during the day. Others run in the evening.

If you have a family or commitments that prevent you from going away for treatment, IOP could be a good option for you.

Sober Living

Some people choose to live in houses or communities with people who are all in recovery. This gives them accountability and structure they may not have at home. There are usually rules that must be followed. Residents often have chores or responsibilities within the house. With this treatment, people get to live on their own but still have structure and support from peers.


In this treatment, you usually attend group therapy on a regular basis. Depending on the program, therapy may be once, twice or more a week. Another form of outpatient treatment is individual therapy with a counselor. These forms of treatment are recommended for people who have been addiction free for some time.

Support groups

There are free support groups that help people with addictions. Some of these are called 12-step groups. They include, but are not limited to:

Other groups that aren’t affiliated with the 12 steps include:

  • Celebrate Recovery
  • SMART Recovery
  • Secular Sobriety

These groups are usually free to anyone with a problem. They can offer support for someone struggling with addiction. Because they’re peer groups, you can learn from the experiences of anyone in the group. You also gain a sense of community that can support you as you deal with your addiction.

Things to consider

There are a number of factors you will need to consider when choosing what type of addiction treatment is right for you. These include:

  • The severity of your addiction. If you struggle with your addiction every day, you may need residential treatment.
  • If you need to detox. Some substances are very difficult to stop, and medical detoxification is needed. These include alcohol and heroin. You’ll need to find out if the treatment option you are looking at involves detox.
  • If you have a co-occurring condition. These are mental or behavioral disorders that you deal with in addition to your addiction. These could include depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia.
  • What you can afford. Medical insurance will usually cover some forms of addiction treatment. You need to find out what your insurance company will cover before you make your decision. If your insurance doesn’t cover the treatment you need, you’ll need to decide how much you can afford to spend. Some treatment programs are willing to work with you. They may offer discounts if you pay cash up-front. Some offer sliding scales. Some programs, 12-step programs, are free.

Questions to ask your doctor

  • How severe is my addiction?
  • What kind of treatment will be best for me?
  • How long should I be in treatment?
  • Do I have any co-occurring conditions that I should be treated for, too?
  • Can you refer me to a treatment facility?


National Institute on Drug Abuse, Treatment

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator

Copyright © American Academy of Family Physicians

This information provides a general overview and may not apply to everyone. Talk to your family doctor to find out if this information applies to you and to get more information on this subject.


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