What is the best drug rehab for you or your loved one who is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction?
The best rehab is the one that works for you. To be honest, that has very little to do with the treatment centers themselves, and a whole lot more to do with whether or not a person is really ready to stop using drugs.
In other words, there is no magic rehab center with a 90 percent success rate. There is no amount of money that can buy the motivation to get someone clean and sober. The drive to stay clean and sober has to come from within and cannot be bought with money.
Let’s say that you genuinely have surrendered to the disease of addiction, and you genuinely want to change your life for the better. You have made a decision and you are ready to live a new life. If this is the case, it really does not matter much what rehab center you go to, as any of them will work out great for you (provided you have really arrived at this turning point). But, there are some treatment centers that will be able to point you towards a higher level solution to addiction. There will be some rehabs that will focus more on the long term strategy of living an awesome life of sobriety, as opposed to some of the short term tactics of just scraping by for another day.
The difference, in my opinion, is how much they focus on a holistic approach.
Drug addiction is a complicated condition. It affects so many different areas of our lives. Therefore, the solution should be holistic. That means that it needs to address these different areas of our lives. So many people believe that “the solution is spiritual,” and yet still end up relapsing after pursuing spiritual growth with genuine enthusiasm. This might work fine for the first few months of sobriety, but in the long run, we need to find more balance, and seek growth in all areas of our lives.
For example, we might start exercising, quit smoking, go back to school, take up a new study, find a new way to connect with others, and so on. We need to push ourselves to grow in recovery and the holistic approach gives us the flexibility to do so. If we stay stuck in a boring routine and don’t push ourselves to grow in any way, then we run the risk of relapsing eventually as we grow bored and apathetic.
So the best drug rehab is the one that pushes us to grow in a holistic manner. Spiritual growth is not enough. We must pursue personal growth in other areas, including physically, emotionally, socially, and so on. This is the key to long term sobriety.
If you leave rehab and then start to push yourself to make personal growth, then that is a success. If, on the other hand, you leave treatment and simply start attending meetings, then in my opinion, that rehab has failed you. You should push to do more, to grow in your recovery.