Are you, or is some one close to you, considering entering a residential alcohol rehab facility? If so, there are very important things to consider before you commit to enrolling. This will ensure that you get the help you need.
The first thing to keep in mind is, ask LOTS of questions. You are entitled to know exactly what it is you are getting into, because this is an extremely important decision which will affect you or your loved one's future quality of life. Often, people find themselves intimidated by, "experts" who often have an agenda which is not in your best interests. "Professionalism" in this field can very often mean keeping an emotional distance, viewing human beings as, "product" is not the quality of care most people would want to experience.
Start with questions about the residential alcohol rehab program relating to its success rate. It is not well known that most programs have very poor, even appalling and dismally low rates of effectiveness. Worse still, many do not even keep track. Incredibly, some base their rates on abstinence while people are still enrolled within the facility. If you were considering a medical procedure, you would ask about its success rate, recovery time, potential complications, and many other very important concerns. This is not different! Any, "professional" facility that cannot answer, slants their answer, or even condescends to you about this, probably in not one that you want involvement in.
It is also important to know the character of the facility you are considering. Many programs are restrictive, coercive, and even outright punitive in nature. If punishment were effective, "treatment", prison would then be the most effective programs in the world! They are sadly not, and any artificial or negative setting will more likely harm than help. Look for positive, natural, nurturing environment that will allow someone to heal and grow, and potentially even have fun in the process!!
You should be fully aware of the rules at the residential alcohol rehab facility; regulation's and refund policies of any prospective facility as well. Many programs DO NOT give refunds, even if someone chooses to leave early for LEGITIMATE REASONS! If there are rules in the alcohol rehab (rest assured there will be) make sure they seem reasonable, and that you can abide by them, it could prove very costly if you cannot.
Finally, ask about their philosophy in depth, and all the implications it will have on you. Do they stress a fearful, diseased condition that you can never be relieved from? Will what they are teaching and advocating empower and strengthen you? Do they advocate anything that sounds extreme, impractical, or lessens your quality of life in the future? Will they help you plan for a future in the world at large? What will be your personal level of satisfaction with and quality of life if you follow their teachings?
All these questions are extremely important, because we are talking about your life and hard earned money. These are incredibly important considerations when searching for help, for yourself, or a loved one, so please research them carefully before enrolling in any residential alcohol rehab facility.