Visiting a Rehab Facility

two men visiting a rehab facilityWe believe the Cottonwood Tucson website is incredibly comprehensive—a deliberate intention to anticipate and answer any question about essential services, education, and resources. Still, it doesn’t quite match the experience of an in-person tour and a chance to interact with staff members. There are numerous benefits to visiting a rehab facility—we outline a few.

Why Environment Matters

Whether the decision is yours or that of a loved one, making a pivotal life change from disease to wellness is a monumental shift in awareness. Having the right atmosphere to support this effort is not just essential to success, but also critical to how you’ll remember the whole process and its effect on you.

When you start your inquiry process into rehabilitation centers, especially those with residential programs, it’s easy to think of a sterile hospital setting. Instead, you’ll frequently find a calm, sometimes even tranquil, environment. This is because substance addiction, mental health and mood disorders, process addictions, and eating disorders wedge people into a state of chaos.

It’s vital to counterbalance that frantic energy with nature engagement, cozy sitting spaces, and nooks for introspection. These surroundings allow a person to learn to respect quiet, understand that silence is nothing to fear, and have the opportunity to foster clarity. While you’re not looking for a 5-star resort and the expense that comes with that, consider various factors, such as private vs. semi-private bedrooms, what the common spaces are like, if the facility feels crowded, cleanliness, staff-to-resident ratio, and other aspects that contribute to a peaceful transition.

Prepare Your Questions

When you’re meeting with people face-to-face, it’s often easier to have more thorough discussions and not have to wait for additional materials to complete your research process. Most rehabilitation centers have knowledgeable admissions personnel who can answer just about any question you might have. These might include:

  • What is the philosophy of the treatment center?
  • Does it incorporate evidence-based treatment solutions?
  • How is my condition assessed?
  • What kind of individualized treatment do I receive?
  • Does everyone admitted have to go through detox?
  • Is onsite medical care available?
  • What types of therapy are there, and what purpose do they serve?
  • Are there qualified professionals on the clinical team, such as board-certified psychiatrists and addictionologists; psychologists and licensed professional counselors, social workers, and mental health workers; psychiatric nurse practitioners; clinicians and nurses; family and marriage therapists; registered dieticians; and other holistic care providers?
  • Is the facility able to treat mood disorders, process disorders, and co-occurring disorders?
  • Are there special programs for trauma and grief?
  • What follow-up programming helps with continuing care, support groups, and relapse prevention?

You should also be able to get clear and immediate answers during your visit regarding rates based on:

  • Length of stay
  • Foundational costs vs. additional service fees
  • What insurance plans are accepted and what that coverage allows at the center
  • Costs for further treatment after departure and relapse prevention services

Although much of your conversation with facility staff will happen organically, bring a list of questions with you anyway just to make sure all your needs are met.

Evaluate Your “Home Life”

Many people experience inpatient treatment for an average of 30 days, but some individuals might find it necessary to extend to 60 or even 90 days. Initially, asking about amenities during your visit to a rehab facility might seem superficial. It’s really not. You need to thrive in a therapeutic environment.

In order to manage the early weeks and months of recovery with stability and purpose, your rehab “home life” should support the wellness goals for your whole self: mind, body, and spirit. So, asking about how the facility prepares meals and its nutritional philosophy matters, just as you should know about the diversity of exercise and recreational options available. You might also want to have access to educational programming that teaches you and your loved ones not just about addiction as a disease, but also how to progress through recovery with specific methods. And while you’ll likely receive individual and group counseling, if you’re interested in more holistic applications or spiritual guidance, those are good inquiries, too.

Again, this isn’t about choosing a rehab center that feels like a spa. It’s about understanding how the right conditions create a better path to wellness, and why you deserve all the benefits of this environment.

What to Expect at Cottonwood Tucson

We strive to be as transparent as necessary to ensure you and the people you care for make the right choice for treatment. We understand how vital this decision can be for an entire life change, and our goal is to do whatever we can to make that process more effective.
Here’s some more information to help with your research:

If you like, take a photo tour of Cottonwood or work through some self-assessment quizzes. When you’re ready to learn more about the facility overall, contact a member of our admissions team, available day or night to answer your questions.

Considering mental health treatment in Arizona? For more information about Cottonwood Tucson, call (800) 877-4520. We are ready to help you or your loved one find lasting recovery.

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