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If you are thinking of checking into rehab to beat an addiction, then congratulations. For many people, this is the hardest step to take – the self-admission that you have a problem. However, the battle is far from over, and a lot of your success will be down to the treatment you undergo.

Yes, of course, there will be a lot of your will and determination involved, too. But if you don’t have the right support, it is going to make things extra hard for you. With this in mind, we thought we would pull together five essential questions you should ask before you book into a rehab center.

Are you accredited?

First of all, you have to make sure that your addiction and recovery center is licensed and certified. This will give you the assurances you need that the center runs under the strictest of requirements. There are other types of recovery centers that offer a more holistic approach, of course. They might work for some, but if it’s your first time, we would recommend sticking to the regulated centers.

What do you specialize in?

Most rehab centers will take in people with all kinds of addictions. However, if you choose a rehab center that specializes in your particular addiction, it can often work better for you. Not only will the counselors and staff be more aware of what you are going through, but you’ll have a better support network, too.

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How much does it cost?

Let’s be honest, rehab is out of reach for many people. However, recent legislation in different states has given hope for many. Some medical insurance policies will cover addictions. But, whichever way you are paying for it, you have to know the cost before you sign up to anything. If it bankrupts you, there’s a very good chance you will end up relapsing – in a big way.

What are your outcomes?

You also need to know exactly how the addiction rehab center will judge their  success. Be wary of centers that don’t offer any aftercare, or that are reluctant to discuss the successes of patients now back into normal life. This is an essential key to beating addiction – being able to lead a normal life. And, if you are just going to relapse after spending a lot of money on treatment, what is the point?

How long will it last?

Many addiction centers offer thirty day recovery periods. However, depending on your addiction, you might need longer. It’s important to establish their policy on this because coming out of treatment too early is only going to go one way. The centers with the best results tend to have stays of longer than thirty days, and could go up to sixty, or even ninety.

Do you offer help for families?

Families of addicts are always forgotten about. They are the people that will be there for you when you come out, and start to repair your life. So, always ask your treatment center if they offer any support for your loved ones. Even if they offer nothing, they should have some contacts in the local area that can help.