Choosing a Treatment Center for Your Recovery Journey

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people at deskSeeking treatment for substance abuse or behavioral disorders is a brave decision. Whether you or a loved one needs care, there are some ways to be certain you’re selecting the right facility.

Integrated Approach

Working with professionals who have a philosophy of care that includes treating the whole person, not just a disorder or disease, creates an atmosphere of true, lifelong healing. The staff members at Cottonwood Tucson believe your wellness depends on full integration of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual connectedness. This philosophy may already align with your core beliefs and desire to create a new life.

Drug or alcohol abuse not only affects the body, but also the mind and the spirit. Behavioral health issues, such as co-occurring disorders, mood disorders, and binge eating, may be rooted in trauma or grief. In the recovery process, it’s not enough to simply remove someone from an unhealthy environment. It’s important to address how each individual can heal from within.

Often referred to as holistic treatment, this approach allows you to create your own reality. You have the ability to consider sobriety and other aspects of recovery as an extension of a decision to deliberately foster health and wellness. Our individualized treatment methods help you acquire tools and techniques that inspire complete care for life. It includes:

  • Medical management
  • Evidence-based treatment
  • 12-Step concepts
  • Experiential, individual, group, and family therapy
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
  • Mind-body and trauma therapy
  • Equine-assisted therapy

With these and other applications, you have the opportunity not to fix what’s broken, but reveal what’s good and whole.

Qualified Personnel

There are aspects of recovery that, when unknown, may seem frightening at first. For example, someone seeking treatment for substance abuse may not understand what happens during detoxification. An individual suffering from traumatic experiences might have trouble trusting people outside of normal circles.

As you evaluate treatment centers, learn more about the staff. This collective of addiction professionals and clinical personnel will be instrumental in helping you regain wellness. They’ll guide your path to recovery for a month, two months, or even longer. You have a right to be treated with dignity, respect, and kindness; and should expect privacy and confidentiality regarding all aspects of your care.

The members of our interdisciplinary clinical team include an extensive list of professionals:

  • Board-certified psychiatrists and addictionologists
  • Clinicians and nurses
  • Psychiatric nurse practitioners
  • Clinical psychologists
  • Licensed professional counselors, social workers, and mental health workers
  • Marriage and family therapists
  • Registered dieticians
  • Acupuncturists and massage therapists
  • Exercise and recreational counselors
  • Equine therapists
  • Spiritual guides

This team ensures each resident receives caring and personalized comprehensive behavioral health care.

Cottonwood Tucson is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Our accreditations are in detoxification and inpatient treatment for adults. CARF is a non-profit organization that establishes standards of quality for organizations, and uses them to determine how well an organization serves its clients.

The Cottonwood Assessment Program (CAP)

If you or someone you love simply can’t comprehend the depth of treatment required in the moment, finding a facility that can personally assess your specific needs before entering rehabilitation may help.

For example, Cottonwood Tucson has a four-day intensive inpatient program that assesses addiction and/or mental health threats and issues. The CAP is designed to personally address:

  • Cases of differing and potentially complex diagnoses
  • Individuals with mental health issues or substance disorders who aren’t progressing in therapy
  • Persons who experienced an intervention and may be open to receiving a comprehensive evaluation, without the intention of committing to a full inpatient residency
  • People who would like a second opinion to a previous diagnosis
  • Individuals who require a supportive and gentle yet firm process to move past denial of behavioral addictions, mental health issues, or substance abuse

The CAP assessment team is comprised of the same quality care personnel who would help provide guidance and methods designed for lifelong recovery.

To discover whether treatment is the right next step, try a self-assessment quiz.

Full Transparency of Fees and Services

Misunderstanding the scope of care and the costs of rehabilitation can sometimes prevent people from getting the quality treatment they deserve. During this critical time, it’s important to know not only what you have to pay for, but how to pay for it and what you’ll receive for your investment.

Make sure to compile a comprehensive list of questions when researching facilities, and call each one to get answers. Ask:

  • How rates are established based on length of stay
  • What’s included in the foundational rate, and what services have additional fees
  • Accepted insurance plans and other forms of payment, including financing
  • Costs of follow-up care and relapse prevention services

To learn more about what services you may be able to expect at a treatment center and what questions to ask, review Cottonwood Tucson’s adult program and detoxification services.

Not Just for Now, But Always

There’s a lot of uncertainty surrounding recovery treatment, but you don’t have to go it alone. If you or a loved one decides to enter a rehab center, that’s only one part of the process.

What’s learned during an inpatient stay should be reinforced by a structured and individualized continuum of care plan, which often features lifelong resources to help you continue to be your best self. These touchstones may include sober and/or transitional living options, relapse prevention techniques, onsite and in-community support groups, facility alumni meetings, and other methods to ensure your wellness for life.

By Tracey L. Kelley

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