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What to Look for When Choosing a Drug and Alcohol Detox Facility

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In 2019, before the pandemic, approximately 21 million people were suffering from substance abuse in the United States. 

Many people turn to detox facilities to turn their lives around and become clean. 

However, finding the best rehabilitation center for their needs can be difficult with the many options available. 

Continue reading to learn what to look for when choosing a drug and alcohol detox facility


Many people think they can enroll in a drug and alcohol detox center without any expenses. These people often think the government takes over all costs associated with their treatment. However, while some facilities are government-funded, not all are, and many require payment.

Each facility that requires payment prices its treatment programs differently. You’ll be charged based on your needs throughout the program. Therefore, you must find a center that best matches your budget. 

Treatment Type 

Detox facilities have specialized treatments set up for their patients. However, each facility may have different programs or tactics they use. You’ll need to research each center’s treatment to see which best suits you. 

For example, different places offer inpatient or outpatient treatment. Contact the treatment centers if you’re unsure which type would be best for you. They will make suggestions based on your addiction severity to help you make a final decision. 


The staff at any drug and alcohol rehab are crucial to your treatment. You will be working closely with these people daily, meaning they will significantly influence you. You’ll want to find a staff that you get along with and are well educated in addiction. 

Before enrolling in a program, ask to speak with the staff handling your treatment. Doing so will give you an overall idea of their demeanor and understanding of addiction. You’ll also get an inside look at how these staff members treat patients. 

Treatment Length

Treatment length is another essential factor to consider when choosing a facility. Some treatments can last up to three months, while others can be as short as a week. You’ll need to decide which duration will work best for you. 

Most people have responsibilities they must uphold throughout treatment. Therefore, they may be unable to commit to an entire 90-day program. Speak with each facility and voice your concerns to find a treatment that works with your current lifestyle. 


The location of the rehab center you choose will have a significant impact on your treatment. You’ll need to consider where you’d like to get help carefully. 

Some people prefer to stay local to continue their current lives outside of treatment. This option also allows you to be closer to family and friends, which will help offer support throughout the program. 

However, other people prefer leaving their current towns to get treatment. This option allows them to escape any temptations or people contributing to their drug or alcohol use. Leaving town also will enable them to create a fresh start without any distractions. 

Insurance Coverage

Having health insurance can significantly help the cost of a treatment since some insurance companies cover rehabilitation. Therefore, you’ll need to research which facilities accept your insurance coverage. Doing so could potentially save you thousands of dollars once treatment is completed. 

Saving this money will take the financial stress away while allowing you to focus on bettering your health. Your mental health will be better without considering an expensive bill throughout treatment. 


Each detox center offers different amenities for its patients. These amenities allow them to have a more comfortable experience while getting help. Some popular amenities include:

  • Gyms
  • Pools
  • Spas
  • Meditation centers
  • Prayer rooms
  • Cafeterias

However, some detox centers offer almost no amenities, so patients can focus on overcoming addiction. Determine which amenities will work for you to choose the best facility for your needs. 


Before enrolling in a rehab program, you’ll need to ensure the facility you’re interested in is licensed. Most reputable rehabs have accreditation from The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities and The Joint Commission.  

Licensed rehab centers will have educated tactics and programs that these commissions have approved. This allows the patients to be confident in the facility’s programs. 

Medical Facility 

A medical facility within the rehab center is crucial for each patient’s safety. Detoxing from drugs and alcohol can be very dangerous as the patient’s body enters withdrawals. Some people can experience seizures, hallucinations, or cognitive dysfunction. 

A medical facility will ensure the patient is under a doctor’s supervision during detox. Each patient will be closely monitored so that their bodies can safely remove toxins. 

The more drug or alcohol abuse you’ve gone through, the higher chance of a dangerous detox. Severe users must choose facilities equipped with medical professionals to ensure their safety. 


Aftercare is another factor to consider when choosing a rehab to enroll in. Many facilities offer aftercare programs to ensure their patients stay on track. These programs can include halfway houses, therapy, or weekly meetings. 

For many patients, aftercare helps navigate a clean lifestyle each day. They can use this extra help to ignore any temptations to avoid relapsing.  

Choosing a Detox Facility 

Considering these factors when looking for a drug or alcohol detox facility will make the process easier overall. Hopefully, you’ll receive the help you need to turn your life around as soon as possible!

Don’t forget to contact us today if you need detoxing. We will take the best care of you here at Apex Recovery Rehab! 

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