Are All Treatment Centers Created Equal?

10 Jul, 2023
are all treatment centers created equal

One of the first things that people ask when they contact Sober Life is whether all treatment centers are the same. It is a great question and one that must be explored from a variety of angles.

Exploring Treatments at All Treatment Centers

The idea of entering treatment can be daunting to anyone. However, what many people fail to realize is that there are various levels and stages of recovery. Depending on an individual’s particular issues, they may not need to go through every stage. However, for the sake of completeness, we can look at the various stages that may be necessary for a full recovery.


One of the first treatments that most people require when they decide to enter recovery is detox. When a person has been using substances for long enough, they cannot (and often should not) go cold turkey without supervision. Not all treatment centers offer detox, but those that do have very specific staff to help with this.

Detox is a process that often lasts five to seven days. During detox, people are assisted in completely ridding their bodies of the substances they were using. To ensure safety, people are monitored and assisted throughout the process. Detox can be quite painful and difficult, so clients are given as much care as they require to make this phase as painless as possible.

Inpatient Treatment

For people who require more intensive addiction care, the next stop is often an inpatient program. In fact, most of these inpatient programs have their own dedicated detox programs like the ones described above.

In inpatient care, individuals are given a safe place to stay and the time to work on themselves without the typical distractions of society. Clients are slowly encouraged to come out of the fog of addiction and explore where they are, how they got there, and what they need to do to get better.

These programs offer various therapy options such as individual counseling, group counseling, and holistic and creative therapies. Each of these options serves its own purpose. Combined, these modalities can create a well-rounded experience where clients do not feel a sense of being locked in but rather a sense of safety and security.

Outpatient Treatment

A person often enters an outpatient program after completing an inpatient program. Depending on the situation, some people can enter an outpatient program directly at the beginning of their recovery journey. Outpatient programs are designed to give people the freedom to come and go. However, clients’ time within the program is structured and often includes many of the same therapy options as an inpatient program.

Often, people who utilize outpatient programs are looking for a bridge between inpatient programs and a full immersion back into society. An outpatient program is also a great place for people who need to continue to exert some control over their everyday lives while working on their issues.

The Need for Variety in All Treatment Centers

One of the main things to remember is that not every program is for every person. Addiction affects people in a variety of ways. As outlined above, there are many types of programs available to serve everyone’s unique recovery needs. These factors can include a person’s age, the price of the program, its location, and what types of issues someone is dealing with.

When to Start Your Search

The best time to start a search for a recovery center is as early as possible. If someone knows that they are going to be holding an intervention or even just confronting a loved one, it is best to have a plan in place. The moment they agree to enter recovery of any kind, there should be no time for them to change their minds.

When someone is given time to change their minds, this can lead to setbacks and a return to prior mindsets. Start the search as early as possible, gather information, and understand what it is they may need.

How to Tell if You Have Chosen Properly

All treatment centers understand that when a person begins attending a program, whether it’s inpatient or outpatient, it will become apparent whether or not it is the right fit. The chief way for loved ones to understand the impact of the program is through close communication. Regardless of the type of recovery program, people can tell quite a bit about the program by what types of communication they receive from the center.

Each program will put together a plan of care for clients. These plans include milestones and goals. As these goals are or are not reached, the staff should keep loved ones involved in every step of the process.

If a program is reticent to discuss progress, there may be more going on that loved ones should investigate. However, most programs are prepared to answer questions and even begin family meetings to help bridge the gap between the program and the post-recovery world.

The Sober Life Promise

All treatment centers offer assistance to those with substance use disorders (SUDs). Sober Life sets itself apart by its location and its top-notch programs. During the initial consultation, staff members will ask questions that can help families determine eligibility.

Sober Life has no intention of promising individuals a level of care that cannot be achieved. Therefore, the initial conversation is very double-sided. Staff members ask questions and also give families time to ask their own. This promise of working together creates an immediate connection that loved ones can feel. There is usually an instant understanding that the individual will be in the right hands.

When it comes to treatment centers, it can be difficult to decide which one best suits you or your loved one. Not every center is the same and that is why it is important to do your research. Sober Life understands the difficulties of trying to find the right resources during the sensitive time period after a person admits to their addictions. That is why our responsive staff is ready to speak with you at any time. We will walk you through what our program offers and help you decide whether we are the right program for you. For more information about Sober Life and what we have to offer our clients, call us at (619) 542-9542.

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