Which drug rehabilitation center really is best?

A center that receives public and/or government support, or a privately run center? A “co-ed” center, or a “sex-specific” center (men only/women only)? A center that is run on a strict, “my way or the highway” basis, or one that considers itself more flexible?

Why not bring a few more questions into an already muddled subject? To encourage thinking, that’s why.

Anything and everything has advantages and disadvantages. More people can use a center that does not rely on a patient’s ability to pay, or works it out to where a patient only pays what he or she can afford.

However, a publicly funded center may have to abide by certain rules and regulations, especially in the areas of religion, culture, and other things that might be covered by discrimination or similar laws. A privately run center has no such restrictions.

A drug rehabilitation center that limits itself to treating only men or only women may be considered a good choice for a person who feels that his or her problem was caused or aggravated by a member of the opposite sex. Women, particularly, may feel more comfortable opening up to other women, especially if the woman had experienced physical or emotional abuse that caused or added to the drug addiction.

Teenagers may need the discipline that comes with a center that has very strict policies and enforces them. An adult, on the other hand, may not appreciate the “heavy-handed” approach, and will be happier in a center that has a more “laid-back” attitude.

No one center is right for everyone. Each person has to make his or her own decision. It needs to be remembered, though, that the most important decision—seeking help—has already been made.