“People spend more time deciding on a vacuum cleaner than deciding on a rehab” - Anne Fletcher
This an interesting and true fact. Anne would know, this medical writer spent years studying the rehab industry and recovery in general.
A couple of her findings were:
- There is absolutely no evidence that inpatient treatment is more effective than outpatient.
- There is no correlation between how much a rehab costs and the level of treatment.
This being said, how do we decide on where to send ourselves or our loved one??
Let’s first look at why people spend so little time on this important decision.
Emotion - The time that someone decides they need help is generally an emotional time for everyone involved. It’s generally after a ‘rock bottom’ moment and the law may be involved too.
When emotions are heightened like this we tend to feel like we need to make a decision right there and then.
(Before I continue there is the rare case when a decision needs to be made right there and then because it may be a life and death situation. This is however, very rare.)
So when our emotions are involved we tend to go for the first place we google or speak to, or worse, the most expensive (because we believe they’ll be the best).
So what should we be doing to ensure we find the right place for us??
I’ll be upfront here, I run an all natural outpatient centre for addictions and mental health. And I truly believe our service is the best. Saying that, I’m sure there’s plenty of other rehab owners who think the same of their business.
So what do you do…….
Go and meet prospective rehabs and find out where you feel most comfortable
Just like when choosing the vacuum cleaner, make the rehab decision more methodical:
- You do your research
- Make a short list of places
- Organise a time to go and meet them one by one
- Sit down with your support network and make the informed decision
When someone finds the right treatment and feels comfortable in the surroundings their chance of success goes through the roof.
Be wary of anywhere that tells you “You must be admitted today!!”
This is your decision and it’s going to be an informed one.
Wishing you all the best on this journey to freedom.
Ryan Hassan, Co-Founder at The Centre for Healing.
Specialists in Addiction Recovery (including Ice Addiction) and Mental Health at our Rehab Centre in Melbourne, Australia.