For many people the hardest part about getting help with an addiction is taking the first step and admitting that you have a problem and you need help. However, admitting this is often just the beginning of an important journey, and there is still a long way to go. One of the best places to start is at a drug rehab facility, but there are probably a lot of questions going through your mind about these types of places. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions to help put your mind at ease.

 

How Long Will This Take?

 

Since everyone’s reasons for using drugs, and their addiction to drugs is a little bit different, the path to recovery is often different as well. Inpatient programs can run anywhere from 30 to 90 days or more, depending on your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs, and outpatient programs are often designed to help people continue on the path to recovery for several weeks, months, or longer if necessary. Spending the appropriate amount of time in a recovery program can help you identify the root causes of addiction and better address those so you won’t go back to the same old habits when you leave.

 

Is Rehab Expensive?

 

The answer to this question often depends on the recovery program that you choose. Factors like amenities, program length, location, and program type can all impact the costs so research each before you decide on one program. While there are some really high-end luxury programs that can run in the six-figures-per-month cost, most are a more reasonable cost and in some cases your insurance may also help with the costs. You can also get help from non-profit organizations that help with rehab, government programs, and payment plans offered at the facility.

 

It’s also important to keep in mind that while the cost of a rehabilitation program might seem high now, you need to weigh it against the costs of your addiction over time—the cost to purchase drugs, economic costs that come with lost productivity at work or loss of a job, medical bills for health problems associated with drug use, potential criminal fines and charges, and the emotional toll it can take on you. In many cases the cost of rehab is much cheaper than all of these things combined.

 

Should I Do Outpatient or Inpatient?

 

This is often a question that only you can answer, and the right answer depends on many different things. For example, a parent who is caring for children and has no alternative caregivers might not be able to go to an inpatient facility. On the other hand, someone who has tried outpatient services and discovered that they are unable to overcome their addiction might find they need inpatient services. If your addiction has reached dangerous levels where you might need medical attention, inpatient facilities might offer better and safer care while you are detoxing.

 

The most important thing is finding a facility that offers the right level of care and compassion to help you overcome the difficulties that you are facing. Do some research to find out more before you commit to a program.