Common Questions When Looking For Drug Rehab


When starting the search for a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center, you must be prepared. The initial steps to finding a treatment center begin with sharing information and asking questions. The facility will want to know as much as possible about the person seeking treatment to understand how they can best help them. At the same time, the individual and their family will be asking questions to ensure the rehabilitation center is a good fit for themselves or their loved ones.

This first step is critical and requires complete transparency. If you leave out details purposely or unknowingly, it could affect an individual's eligibility to enter certain facilities. For example, some facilities cannot take individuals with pending legal charges or do not have the level of care to manage pregnant patients. It is vital to remember that getting information is as crucial as giving it.

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Starting Your Search for Drug Rehabilitation

Before agreeing to send yourself or a loved one to a treatment center, you want to know everything you can about how the treatment works and establish if it is a good fit. Drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers understand that time is of the essence and that getting someone in fast is crucial, so admissions tend to move as fast as possible. One can easily forget to ask important questions that could hurt someone's chances of completing the rehab process. For example, an individual not heavy into religion may not feel comfortable in a faith-based program. Also, co-ed rehabilitation might make it hard for some individuals to concentrate on treatment.

Getting and giving information goes a long way in getting someone into the right treatment facility. To help with this, we created a guide. Below is a list of questions that you should be prepared to answer and a list of questions you should ask a prospective rehabilitation center. Having this information ready ahead of time can make finding help much smoother.

Questions You Will Be Asked

What is your alcohol and another drug history?
What is the addict's medical history?
What is currently happening in the addict's life?
Have there been previous treatment attempts?
Is there any Psychological History?
What are the person's goals and motivation?

Questions You Should Ask

Is there a waiting list?
What is your success rate?
What types of therapy are used?
Is detox included?
Is there group or individual counseling?
Are there recreational activities?
Is there is a spiritual component?
What is the time commitment?
Is it a co-ed facility, men only, or women only?

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The above questions should help start you off in the right direction when looking for treatment. If you are unsure about anything mentioned, feel free to reach out to one of our treatment specialists, or explore the different types of treatment.


Michael Leach, CCMA

Michael Leach, CCMA

Medically Reviewed

on April 19, 2022

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Michael Leach is a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant, who has over 5 years of experience working in the field of addiction. He spent his career working under the board-certified Addictionologist Dr. Rohit Adi. His experience includes working with families during their loved one’s stay in treatment, helping those with substance abuse issues find treatment, and teaching life skills to patients in a recovery atmosphere. Though he has worked in many different areas of rehabilitation, the majority of his time was spent working one on one with patients who were actively withdrawing from drugs. Withdrawal and the fear of going through it is one biggest reason why an addict continues to use and can be the most difficult part of the rehabilitation process. His experience in the withdrawal atmosphere has taught him that regardless of what approach a person takes to get off drugs, there are always mental and emotional obstacles that need to be overcome. He believes having someone there to help a person through these obstacles can make all the difference during the withdrawal process.

Marcel Gemme, DATS

Marcel Gemme, DATS


on April 19, 2022

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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people. He is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist graduate with Honours of Stratford Career Institute. Marcel has also received a certificate from Harvard for completing a course entitled The Opioid Crisis in America and a certificate from The University of Adelaide for completing a course entitled AddictionX: Managing Addiction: A Framework for Succesful Treatment.