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How to Find a Treatment Center

There’s an absolute abundance of choice these days with respect to places you can go to get treatment for substance use disorders.

Not all rehabs are created equally though. Some are focused on particular types of addictions, i.e., alcoholism or opioids. Some focus just on outpatient care, where you’d come in for scheduled sessions but not live at the facility like you would for inpatient treatment. While others base their programs on evidence-based treatment methods like cognitive behavioral therapy, for example, in contrast to those that put more weight on alternative modalities like yoga, mindfulness and the like.

These rehabs are spread across the entire country, creating easier access for all.

Just how many are there?

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) estimates that “more than 14,500 specialized drug treatment facilities provide counseling, behavioral therapy, medication, case management, and other types of services to persons with substance use disorders”.

Finding the right one for you or a loved one just takes some time and research.

What Is a Treatment Center for Alcohol or Drug Addiction?

A treatment center for addiction is a facility that’s specialized in providing treatment for substance use disorders.

Rehab can be broken down into two main silos: inpatient and outpatient.

Going back to NIDA for the definitions:


Inpatient, or residential, treatment can be either long or short term.

Long-term residential treatment “provides care 24 hours a day, generally in non-hospital settings. The best-known residential treatment model is the therapeutic community (TC), with planned lengths of stay of between 6 and 12 months”

Short-term residential treatment programs “provide intensive but relatively brief treatment based on a modified 12-step approach”.


Outpatient treatment, as mentioned above, means you wouldn’t live at the facility. This type of treatment is for those who’ve already finished inpatient rehab and are transitioning or for those with less severe addictions to begin with.

As noted by NIDA “Such treatment costs less than residential or inpatient treatment and often is more suitable for people with jobs or extensive social support”.

As far as who will be treating you, the team administering the rehab is full of licensed addiction specialists often with master’s level degrees. Additionally, rehab centers that offer alternative or complementary treatments will have trained specialists in those fields on staff as well.

At Inneractions, for example, our diverse team has over 30 years of combined experience working with addicts and includes counselors, therapists, a hypnotherapist, a breathwork specialist and more with the goal being to deliver as complete a treatment experience as possible. 

How to Find a Treatment Center

After all that, you may rightly be wondering how to find a treatment center that’s fully aligned with your needs. There are nearly 15,000 out there after all!

It can feel overwhelming, we get it.

The good thing about having that many available to you though is that you have a great shot at finding one that fits your requirements perfectly.

During your search you’ll want to consider these questions:

  • Is inpatient or outpatient care better for you?
  • What’s the cost?
  • What’s the length of the program?
  • Where is it?
  • What are the amenities offered?
  • Would a gender-specific rehab be right for you as opposed to a coed facility?
  • Is it an all-in-one treatment center? I.e., can you do detox, inpatient and outpatient care all at the same place and with the same people?
  • Is the treatment center accredited and are the staff licensed?
  • Are they using evidence-based methods?
  • Do they take a multidisciplinary/holistic approach and treat all aspects of addiction – the mental, physical and spiritual?

These are just some of the big ideas to ponder when narrowing down your search and eliminating those that don’t match. It also helps to consult with experts in the field to help guide you. 

If you have any questions on navigating the world of rehab, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Inneractions.

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