Choosing a rehab for yourself or a loved one is one of the most important decisions in life and should be done carefully and thoughtfully.

There are several things to look for at a minimum. An absolute essential is to choose a facility that is licensed by the state. This ensures that it at least meets basic standards for health and safety. Almost as important is accreditation by an organization such as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). This ensures that the rehab meets more than just minimal standards for helping people achieve sobriety. If detoxification is needed, it’s important that the rehab offer rehab services on-site so as to facilitate a smooth transition from that process into treatment. A listing by the Better Business Bureau is basic, but the standards for BBB “accreditation” are very minimal so that it’s not being listed by the BBB that should raise a red flag. Of course, the acceptance of health insurance is a definite financial plus for most people; it also reflects the fact that the facility meets the necessary standards for insurers to legally pay for its services.

An example of a facility that meets all these criteria is the St. Gregory Retreat Center. It is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), licensed to provide medical detoxification services on-site, accepts most health insurance, is a member of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers, and receives a high rating by the Better Business Bureau (BBB). To learn more, visit the website of the St. Gregory Retreat Center. There are many, many more such facilities located across the country. Fortunately, most people don’t actually need to enter a rehab facility. Most can achieve success in overcoming drinking and drug problems with alternative programs.

A very affordable alternative to a rehab is the Life Process Program developed by pioneering clinician Dr. Stanton Peele. It has proven to have a consistently high success rate of over 65% in rehab facilities, and is now available for in-home application.This very flexible program provides internet interactivity and online support. A detailed description can be found on the Life Process Program website.

A free information and support group for those who wish to change their drug or drinking behaviors for the better is HAMS, which stands for Harm reduction, Abstinence, and Moderation Support. It provides useful techniques to help people achieve their drinking or drugging goals. It works to support the harm reduction goals that people set for themselves. To learn more visit HAMS or call 347-678-5671

Other popular options include Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART Recovery), Moderation Management, Rational Recovery, Women for Sobriety, and LifeRing Recovery.

These programs all use scientific principles and evidence-based methods to achieve their success. They are popular with people who want to avoid the very high costs of rehab, who dislike the typically long travel to a residential facility, who can’t accept the long disruption of their busy lives, who don’t want to live with strangers, and who want to complete their program at their leisure in the comfort and security of their own homes.

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