By Jeannie Colter

Some substance abusers are lucid enough to take part in choosing a New Jersey Drug Rehab. Others are not and it is up to those closest to them to choose an addiction recovery program. You may be feeling that this is a serious responsibility and wonder if you can make the right choice. We’ve included a few questions you might consider below. Remember that your knowledge of and concern for your love one will guide you and that sobriety is a long-term journey.

What are the phases of treatment? Sometimes a family can be so relieved to get help that they forget to ask just what a program will entail. No matter what the predicted results, you need to know just what your loved one will go through. If there are phases or practices that make you uncomfortable, you should reconsider.

How does the program measure success? For some places, program completion is success and the facility has little information on what happens to patients after they leave. Other programs view continued sobriety as success. And then there are the programs that look a patient’s life–employment, improved relationships, and overall health and well being. Finding out how the program views those who have left can help you determine whether or not it is the right place for someone you care about.

Do the program work with and include family in the process? Although substance abusers may isolate themselves, they are often still part of a family or community that may not understand just how things got to where they are. Some programs encourage patients to disassociate from their families, especially if it seems that interaction with family members can trigger substance abuse. But what happens when patients leave the program and return to their former environment? Each situation is unique but complete separation from family isn’t always possible or advisable. At Transitions Recovery New Jersey Drug Rehab, we slowly transition patients into the outside world, including friends and family, and prepare them to integrate socially. At the same time, we work with patients’ families because we believe that families need and deserve support just as the patient does.