How to choose a detox center? 7 keys to keep in mind

Choosing a detoxification and treatment center is a process as crucial as it is, in some cases, complex.

In this article we will review the key ideas and the most important criteria to consider when choosing, so that it is easier to make a final decision even for those who have never visited these entities.

What to look for when choosing a detox center?

These are the main aspects to look at to choose the most suitable detox center in each case. A suitable addiction treatment entity has these characteristics.

1. Has health accreditation to perform addictive behavior treatments

This accreditation offers the guarantee that the therapeutic team is properly trained and prepared to offer its services in the field of health, and has the necessary material resources.

2. It has a multidisciplinary team of professionals

Coordination and good communication between team members offering therapeutic support is essential. But at the same time, these should include health professionals specialized in different fields, to offer support that covers all variables of well-being and all avenues of intervention to overcome addictions. This includes doctors, psychologists, monitors and instructors, etc.

3. It adapts in terms of the types of therapies and treatments

The best detox centers offer a sufficiently broad repertoire of forms of therapeutic intervention as well as to adapt to the different forms that addictive disorders can take: residential, outpatient, tailor-made and personalized treatments depending on the patient.

4. Treatment includes all phases of recovery

Overcoming a drug addiction is not simply about detoxifying; It is necessary to bear in mind that in order not to relapse, professional support is required from which it is easy to adopt life habits and train emotional management skills that keep us away from the behavior on which the addiction is based.

That is why an addiction treatment center he must accompany his patients both in the initial days in which the vicious cycle of consumption is broken and in the weeks and months that follow, giving support from the reintegration and reconnection with the outside and with others, as well as carrying out a follow-up.

5. Has years of experience

Therapeutic teams with many years of experience have the formal and empirical knowledge both the general and structural aspects of the treatment, as well as the small problems and unforeseen events of the day to day.

6. The location and environment of the center facilitate recovery

Having a favorable environment for the adoption of a healthy lifestyle and the adoption of appropriate relational dynamics with others is also very important. For this reason, good detoxification and addiction treatment centers usually have quiet spaces surrounded by nature, in which it is easy to “disconnect” from the type of environments from which one comes.

7. Offer honesty in dealing with the prospective patient

Transparency and honesty is everything when it comes to addressing something as important as health. So, for example, in case of not having the most appropriate tools to treat a problem, quality detox centers offer suggestions about what to do or where to look.

Are you looking for professional help against addictions?

If you are interested in starting a treatment process to overcome an addiction, please contact us. In Llaurant la Llum, a center located in Valencia, we work with both substance addictions and non-substance addictions and dual pathology, either from outpatient treatment or from residential treatment through our fully equipped facilities prepared for short, medium and long stay programs.

Our team of professionals has been dedicated to the field of addiction treatment for more than 30 years. Furthermore, if your needs do not require a center like Llaurant La Llum, we advise you and advise you on the best options for your case.

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