If you or a family member needs help from a drug rehab center, there are several questions you need to ask to ensure you are choosing the right rehab help. Before you get help at their drug rehab program, ask the following questions and listen carefully to the answers.

1. What results can you expect from rehabilitation?

Rehabilitation programs have different results depending on how they approach the problem at hand. Some programs find success if the person can attend meetings or take methadone or other prescriptions. Other consider a person completing the program a success. And there are also programs that don't find success until the person remains completely abstinent from drugs once they return home. There are many measures, and you need to decide what is acceptable to you before making a decision.

2. Is it a long-term or short-term program?

Many drug rehab programs are 28 days in length, but addiction is a complex issue that can take much longer than 28 days to heal. If the program is 28 days and that's it, you need to decide if that's long enough or if more support is necessary.

3. Does the treatment use other drugs to help ease addictions?

Some programs use methadone or other prescription medications to reduce the harm created through illicit drugs. The person could slowly be weaned from the drugs instead of going cold turkey. There are also some programs that use drugs that alleviate symptoms of the drug addiction, but those drugs can be addicting as well. Decide what path you want to take, and find a program to match that path. In some ways, using drugs to get off drugs can be helpful and less painful, but for some addicts, it is not the right answer and can make things harder.

4. Does the program teach life skills to support sobriety?

Whether it is a short or long-term program, it will end eventually. The drug abuser will need life skills to support their sober life once they are back out into the real world. No matter how good someone feels after the program, problems and stresses might tempt that person to use drugs again later. It is important for the program to have lessons that help the person role-play how to handle life in other ways so he or she doesn't turn back to drugs.

5. Does the program offer guarantees or instant cures?

If the rehab center makes any promises that don't make sense, choose another center. Programs that promise instant cures or offer guarantees, such as the person will never have any setbacks or relapses, are not to be trusted. Instead, trustworthy centers should only make logical and possible promises--if at all.

6. What are the program's steps?

Most programs have a certain number of steps to help the drug addict through the process. Listen to the steps in the program, and make sure you feel good about the experience offered.

Only you and your loved ones can judge the answers you get to the questions about the rehab program to determine whether or not it is acceptable. There are many program options, but it is important to choose the best fit for the person in your life.